Tennis has had numerous great ambassadors, but there is no doubt that Roger Federer was the one most loved by fans around the world. The Swiss phenomenon has been able to express a very high level for about two decades, during which he has collected 20 Grand Slams and 103 titles in the ATP circuit. After more than a year of stoppage due to the double operation on his right knee in 2020, the former world number 1 returned to the field in Doha a few weeks ago reaching the quarter-finals. In a press conference at the Miami Open, a tournament in which King Roger did not take part, Hubert Hurkacz expressed a wish regarding the 39-year-old from Basel. The Pole has faced the Maestro only once at the ATP level, in Indian Wells in 2019, yielding in two sets but leaving the field to applause. The hope of many players is that Federer will be able to get back competitive enough to treat himself to one last ‘stint’ before hanging up his racket.
Hubert Hurkacz wishes to dine with Roger Federer
Hubert Hurkacz said, “It would be nice to have dinner with Roger Federer, Robert Lewandowski, a Polish footballer, and I’m struggling for a third person…!” In a recent interview with Numero, Roger Federer detailed the activities he indulged in during his rehabilitation period. The Swiss star revealed that watching films and TV shows wasn’t usually part of his daily itinerary; instead, he would try and get involved in home decisions that his usual tennis life doesn’t allow him to. “No, I haven’t ‘binged’ that much, neither movies nor series,” Roger Federer said. “I was busy becoming the family quarterback, for once. In my tennis life, I make the big decisions and people manage the day-to-day for me. There, I was really happy to pilot details with my wife, to think of things for the children, the garden, the house.” Federer revealed that it was ‘nice’ to be in Switzerland for an extended period, which his otherwise-packed schedule seldom allows. “Sometimes whole weeks went by without any particular event,” Federer said. “We have strictly followed the rules here in Switzerland. Besides, it was nice to come back to my country where, in general, I don’t spend more than three months a year. The only time I’ve been here for a long time was in 2016, already because of my knee. We were able to see our close friends and relatives, but rather outside. It was super strange at first, now we know how to deal with it.”