London (dpa) – Press conferences have at all times been as straightforward for Roger Federer all through his spectacular profession as taking part in tennis in the world’s largest stadiums. This spherical with the media was troublesome even for the Swiss tennis participant who, even after bitter defeats, simply answered questions in English, French or German.
Dressed in a white shirt and black jacket, Federer took to the podium at London’s O2 to deal with the world press for the first time since saying his retirement final week.
Federer: “It’s been an incredible journey”
Again and once more, Federer fiddled with his shirt a bit of nervously, his smile a bit of strained. Although Federer was calm about his inevitable choice, you possibly can inform it was nonetheless onerous for him. After all, the 41-yr-outdated Swiss spent greater than half of his life on the tennis tour and gained greater than 100 titles. “It’s been an incredible journey and I’m happy with my profession,” mentioned the world primary.
Federer will play his final official match at the Laver Cup this weekend. After three surgical procedures, his knee was so broken that he may now not play singles, solely doubles. “I do know my restrict,” Federer mentioned. “The knee is not simply shifting ahead, it is maxed out,” mentioned the 20-time Grand Slam winner, who needs to have a really particular associate by his facet for his remaining match: Rafael Nadal.
“Of course I need to play Rafa,” Federer mentioned forward of the doubles match scheduled for Friday night time. “It can be a particular second.” Federer has had a sporting rivalry with Nadal for years, however off the court docket the two superstars and their households are shut associates. “It’s a giant message for the sport,” Federer mentioned of his particular relationship with Nadal. Together, they gained 42 Grand Slam titles. “We can have many extra moments to share collectively in the future,” Nadal wrote to Federer final week. Perhaps there will likely be such a second on Friday night.
Federer has been in London since the starting of the week, the place he has celebrated his biggest victories with eight Wimbledon titles. “I believed quite a bit about which place was proper. I’m glad I did it right here. London is a really particular place for me,” Federer mentioned. Earlier in the week, he skilled twice with Greek Stephanos Tsitsipas and was “positively shocked” by his degree.
Federer stays in tennis
The “Big Four”, which have been dominating world tennis for years, met once more in London. Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray have all performed epic matches towards one another. “It’s good to have them round me once more,” mentioned Federer, whose former idol Bjorn Borg will face the European staff in London towards the world qualifiers.
And what occurs after the vacation? After a formidable profession? “I haven’t got any concrete plans but,” Federer mentioned. It is obvious that he needs to save lots of tennis by some means. He wrote about this in his resignation letter final week. “Tennis has given me an excessive amount of, I’ve fallen in love with an excessive amount of. I needed to inform the followers that I’m not a ghost, I’ll keep with tennis. I do not know what function I’m in but,” mentioned the Swiss.
He isn’t anxious about the way forward for his sport. The new era round present primary Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz is spectacular. “It’s going to be nice,” Federer mentioned. “I’ll stay the primary fan. It’s all proper”.
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