“I’m back to compete to try to win big tournaments and beat big players.” Words and music by Roger Federer, who talked about himself in an exclusive interview with the French magazine Numèro Homme. In the chat with the transalpine media, which took place before the return of the Swiss in Doha, Federer focused on his sporting ambitions, in the season in which he will turn forty, and talked about his weeks go home, in Switzerland, between the anti-Covid measures and the need to recover the physical condition. “I’m working very hard, even though I don’t like to flaunt what I do. I hope people realize how hard you work, otherwise I would never have gotten this far,” Federer said. I didn’t come back to play any second round in a remote corner of the world. My goal is to win the big tournaments and beat the best players. I still think I know how to do it. Obviously it is also a dream at my age, but a dream dictated by logic.” 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.
Roger Federer on his non-tennis life
The eight-time Wimbledon champion further mentioned that living a non-tennis life was relaxing, as he didn’t need to depend on on-court results for his daily life decisions. “I made video meetings with ATP, I communicated with Rafa [Nadal] in particular,” Roger Federer stated. “In my normal life, everything was improvised based on the results. I often left at the last minute, took out my things and put them back together. Since the confinement, I have had time.” 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.”