There is also a downside to being a sports celebrity and Roger Federer knows this very well. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is undoubtedly one of the most popular athletes of the modern era, with an incredible following on social media and plenty of sponsors who can’t wait to sign him (despite his 39 years). The Swiss phenomenon returned to the field in Doha a few weeks ago, ending an absence that had lasted for over a year now. In the last few hours, news has come that the former ATP number 1 will take part in the Masters 1000 in Madrid in early May. King Roger’s goal is to find the right pace to be competitive at Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed by twelve months due to the global pandemic. In the course of a recent interview with the Swiss-German newspaper ‘Aargauer Zeitung’, the Basel veteran described how he spends his days in Switzerland, where he has chosen to stay and live even after reaching the pinnacle of success.
Roger Federer on his homeland
Roger Federer, who returned to competitive action at ATP Doha after taking a 14-month break to recover from a second knee surgery that he underwent last year, said that while “no two days are the same” back home, what’s guaranteed is some “peace and quiet. “No two days are the same, that is clear. We are spontaneous and do what other families do,” the six-time Australian Open champion said. He added that the quiet, laidback way of living back home lets him step out with his kids into the woods or to a nearby park or playground on weekends. “Fortunately, it’s easy in Switzerland…for example, I went to the forest with my children and went to the park the day before. Or we go to the playground,” said the Swiss, who also has eight Wimbledon titles to his credit. Federer has been named on the entry list of Madrid Open. He is seeded 7th and will be playing in Madrid for the second time in five years. Federer last made an appearance at Madrid Open back in 2019, where he was defeated by Dominic Thiem. The tournament is one where Federer has fond memories, having won three titles there. Moreover, one of his two clay-court wins over Rafael Nadal came in the final of the 2009 Madrid Open. The Madrid Open didn’t take place in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Even when tennis started after the coronavirus break, cases started rising in Spain again. Thus warranting the cancelation of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Madrid.