Roger Federer: ‘I hope people understand how hard…’

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer officially won the title of poster boy for tourism in the country. According to the authorities, the idea is mainly to promote the nation’s natural attractions around the planet at the moment of resuming travel after the end of restrictive measures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the advance of vaccination in Europe. Actions will now begin in April, first in European cities, then in the United States and Asia. Short videos will show Federer in country landscapes. Some of them are the Rone Falls, the largest in the country, and tours of underground lakes, as in Aletsch, the largest underwater alpine glacier in the world. Another recommendation from the athlete is the mountains of Lugano. San Salvatore is one of them, with a view of the beautiful lakes of the region, in the extreme south, with the Alps in the background. In the city of Lausanne, the tennis player highlights the possibility of “experiencing” the Winter Olympics up close and, according to him, feeling the atmosphere of the competitions, in the city’s Olympic Museum.

Roger Federer on his chance in 2021

“I didn’t come back to play the second round in the middle of nowhere,” Roger Federer now says in a detailed interview with the French magazine “Numéro Homme”. On the contrary: “I want to win big tournaments and beat the best players in the world,” emphasizes the 39-year-old. He has by no means lost the belief that he will be able to catch up with the world’s best. “I think I know what to do to get there. It’s a dream on the one hand, and logic on the other. A logical dream. I work very hard, although I don’t talk about it much. I hope people understand how hard I work. Otherwise I wouldn’t have made it that far, ”says Federer. In the past, this also means ticking off setbacks as quickly as possible. “I learned most from my defeats. The most important thing is not to give them too much emotional significance, ”explains the 20-time Grand Slam winner. The better he succeeds, the easier it is for him to get up again. “Some think day and night about mistakes they have made. I analyze very quickly. That helps me keep going.” And that to this day. Even after the painful final bankruptcy at Wimbledon 2019, when Federer cannot use two match balls against Djokovic, he can process better than many of his supporters. «Fans talked to me about this defeat on the Internet for weeks. It still happens to me today. I wonder what else they are thinking about. But I understand it,” says Federer.

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