Top Chinese male player would be 'amazing', says Roger Federer

The Swiss world number seven said he hoped that Zhang, 23, could be the player to make it to the big time as the men look to emulate the success of China's women, led by former French Open champion Li Na.

updated: October 07, 2013 23:29 IST
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Shanghai: Roger Federer (right) and Zhang ZeSwiss great Roger Federer said Monday it would be "amazing" to have a Chinese men's player in the world's top 50, but that all countries were struggling to unearth new contenders. (Also read: Federer plans for the future)

His comments came after world number two Novak Djokovic said last week it will be at least five years before Asia can produce a top-ranking men's player, with Japan's Kei Nishikori, ranked 18th, the only one currently in the top 40.

Federer, teaming up with Zhang Ze, ranked 271, in the doubles at the Shanghai Masters, said there is a worldwide dearth of teenagers in the top 300.

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