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Dutch DJ Afrojack performs ahead of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament final in Rotterdam on Sunday.

From Afrojack To Metallica, Federer Talks Music

Three-time Rotterdam champion reveals his relationship with music

If you are wondering what music Roger Federer — who will rise back to No. 1 in the ATP Rankings on Monday — listens to before a match, we may finally have the answer.

The 36-year-old, who defeated Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament to win his 97th tour-level title, addressed the topic of music in his post-match press conference. The Swiss discussed Dutch DJ Afrojack's performance in the pre-final entertainment show.

"It was cool,” said Federer. “I couldn't watch it all because I was getting ready, but we walked past him [Afrojack]. It seemed the crowds enjoyed it. They have a lot of great DJ's here in this country and I like that fact that sometimes there is a little side situation going on to tennis... It was refreshing to see, I actually think it was a nice idea.”

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After Federer addressed the state of the Dutch DJ scene, the three-time Rotterdam champion took a moment to reflect on his early connections to the musical form.

“I like DJ's,” confirmed Federer. “I came through the time in the 90's where I listened to a lot of DJ music.”

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Federer also recalled his favourite artists from when he was a junior through his early years as a professional, with special mentions to those who have influenced his musical taste.

“The first music I really enjoyed was Queen, Michael Jackson and Roxette,” revealed Federer. “When I was going to the junior events with my parents, you listen to what your parents put on the cassette in the car. Then, later on, it was all the DJ's coming up and then it was rock, through Peter Lundgren, my coach, who did all the AC/DC and Metallica and all that stuff. Now I just go with the flow.”

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