Roger Federer reacts to Switzerland’s shock France win and rates chances vs Spain at Euro 2020

Federer was delighted with Switzerland’s Euro 2020 win vs France (Picture: Getty)

Roger Federer was delighted to see his beloved Switzerland book their spot in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 after upsetting heavy tournament favourites France.

Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion, was impressed with the fight shown by his compatriots as they battled back from 3-1 down to force a penalty shootout with the world champions, with Kylian Mbappe missing the decisive spot kick.

And the 39-year-old hopes his country can now go on to cause another almighty upset by reaching the semi-finals at the expense of Spain.

‘Yeah, I mean, it was a great football day yesterday overall just in terms of quality of matches, excitement with the Croatian match already against Spain,’ said Federer. ‘The same thing happened with Switzerland against France.

‘I don’t know. Look, I don’t watch football all the time. I watch my home team in Basel and that’s about it. Then sometimes obviously national games. I don’t love the friendlies so much, to be honest.

Mbappe missed the crucial spot kick (Picture: Getty)

‘From that standpoint, I just thought they fought super well. With the situation of being up 1-0, missing the penalty, then everything changing within half an hour. It would have been so easy just to let go.

‘I was really proud of the way they fought. It just shows in sports, in football in particular, when the team pulls together, really believes that they can do it, that you can move mountains really. They did that yesterday against a team we know was one of the favorites to win.

‘Of course, penalty shootouts are so brutal. Obviously on the edge of your seat. That was me, too.

‘I feel bad for the French team and the players because I like to watch them a lot. I would have loved to have seen them more. That’s how it goes.

‘Now I hope the best for Switzerland. I hope we can replicate another match like this, not celebrate too hard, take it to the next level. That would be historic for us at a big event like this to go into the semis.

‘But Spain is tough obviously. It’s a nice moment for Swiss football, definitely.’

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