In the latest edition of the Daily Show, Roger Federer reflected on his extraordinary longevity, but he talked also about his idols, whe he was young. The Swiss Maestro explained: “Michael Schumacher, Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan were my idols growing up.
I admired them because they had been at the top for so long. I always thought it was impossible to emulate them, as it’s not easy to maintain the same momentum for so long. Now people ask me how he stayed on top for about 20 years.
I reply that there are no particular secrets behind my longevity. I’ve always loved taking the field and feeling the sensation of victory. I was having so much fun, so I kept doing it. I realized that I was in a privileged position.
Also, I felt I had a duty to represent the sport well. It truly feels like I squeezed every last drop of that lemon. I did my best until the end.” Roger has visited Tokyo and New York in the past few weeks, before flying to London for a knee-related consultation.
The Swiss Maestro said good bye to tennis in September
The evening of September 23, 2022 will remain forever etched in the minds and hearts of the fans. It is the date on which Roger Federer played the last official match of his extraordinary career.
The Swiss said goodbye to tennis played at the Laver Cup, the exhibition he himself founded in 2017, joining forces with his historic rival Rafael Nadal. The former number 1 in the world did his best to be able to treat himself to one last round of the carousel in 2023, but the conditions of his right knee led him to say enough.
The last two and a half years had been a real ordeal for the King, unable to play as and as much as he would have liked. The Basel legend had tried a timid return in 2021, playing just 13 official matches and stopping again after Wimbledon.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who was recently a guest at Wimbledon, has assured that he will not turn away from the sport that has given him everything.