Originally Posted by Say Chi Sin Lo
I don't like being compared to the pros because I find it to be disrespectful to them. I don't even come close to what they can produce on the court.
If someone were claiming a serve was as good as
player X I might agree but insofar as admitting a stroke was inspired by one - especially if it was widely considered to be a benchmark example - is not in the least bit disrespectful to the pro. That's how things are learned and with the advent of easy access to slow-mos and replays of almost any pro's stroke it takes over from the previous situation where a coach would get you to copy their swing as a starting point of how to serve.
I doubt Federer would ever have any issue ever with anyone, Dimitrov or the average club player, basing and entire game on him. It's more of a compliment than the opposite - even if it doesn't work very well.