London (dpa) – Press conferences have at all times been as simple for Roger Federer all through his spectacular profession as enjoying tennis in the world’s greatest stadiums. This spherical with the media was tough 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 handle the world press for the first time since saying his retirement final week.
Federer: “It’s been a fantastic journey”
Again and once more, Federer fiddled with his shirt a little bit nervously, his smile a little bit strained. Although Federer was calm about his inevitable resolution, you possibly can inform it was nonetheless laborious for him. After all, the 41-yr-outdated Swiss spent greater than half of his life on the tennis tour and received greater than 100 titles. “It’s been a fantastic journey and I’m pleased with my profession,” stated 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 might now not play singles, solely doubles. “I do know my restrict,” Federer stated. “The knee is not simply shifting ahead, it is maxed out,” stated the 20-time Grand Slam winner, who desires to have a really particular companion by his facet for his ultimate match: Rafael Nadal.
“Of course I need to play Rafa,” Federer stated 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 courtroom the two superstars and their households are shut pals. “It’s an enormous message for the sport,” Federer stated of his particular relationship with Nadal. Together, they received 42 Grand Slam titles. “We could have many extra moments to share collectively in the future,” Nadal wrote to Federer final week. Perhaps there shall 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 stated. Earlier in the week, he skilled twice with Greek Stephanos Tsitsipas and was “positively stunned” by his stage.
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 in opposition to one another. “It’s good to have them round me once more,” stated Federer, whose former idol Bjorn Borg will face the European crew in London in opposition to the world qualifiers.
And what occurs after the vacation? After a powerful profession? “I haven’t got any concrete plans but,” Federer stated. It is evident that he desires to save lots of tennis someway. 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 wished 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,” stated the Swiss.
He is just not nervous 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 stated. “I’ll stay the primary fan. It’s all proper”.
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