London (dpa) – Press conferences have all the time been as simple for Roger Federer all through his spectacular profession as enjoying tennis in the world’s largest stadiums. This spherical with the media was troublesome even for the Swiss tennis participant who, even after the bitter defeat, simply answered the questions that got here to his thoughts 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’s press for the first time since asserting his retirement final week.
Federer: “It’s been an excellent journey”
Again and once more, Federer fiddled with his shirt a bit nervously, his smile a bit strained. Although Federer was calm about his inevitable choice, you would inform it was nonetheless laborious for him. After all, the 41-yr-previous Swiss spent greater than half of his life on the tennis tour and received greater than 100 titles. “It’s been an excellent 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 might not play singles, solely doubles. “I do know my restrict,” Federer mentioned. “The knee is not only transferring ahead, it is reaching its most,” mentioned 20-time Grand Slam winner 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 courtroom the two superstars and their households are shut pals. “It’s an enormous message for the sport,” Federer mentioned 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 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 rather a lot 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 in opposition to one another. “It’s good to have them round me once more,” mentioned Federer, whose former idol Bjorn Borg will face the European workforce 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 mentioned. It is obvious that he needs to avoid wasting 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 simply needed to let the followers know that I’m not a ghost, that I’ll keep with tennis. I do not know what position I’ll play but,” mentioned the Swiss.
He shouldn’t be fearful about the way forward for his sport. The new technology 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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