Roger Federer, who returned to the circuit in March after more than a year of absence, entered the Madrid tournament (3-9 May). The organizers confirm the news: for the Swiss it is a return to clay after two years. After more than a year of absence and two knee surgeries, the former world number 1 returned to the race in March in Doha, reaching the quarter-finals. On that occasion he announced that he would definitely return to red, to increase the number of games played and focus on Wimbledon as the number one goal. “The important thing is to play the games,” he explained, “and what precedes the season of the grass is the season on clay.” Federer’s last match on clay dates back to June 7, 2019, in the semi-final he lost to Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros. In Spain he will find Nadal as well as Novak Djokovic, both registered. The three tennis giants have not played a tournament together since the 2020 Australian Open. In a recent interview, Roger Federer opened up about his favorite leisure activities which he prefers to do as a tourist. When traveling to different nations, a number of things fascinate the Swiss Maestro.
Roger Federer on his favorite leisure activities
“I can already enjoy it and I also enjoy traveling as a tourist. The culture, the food, the architecture – that interests me a lot, no question about it,” said Roger Federer. The former World No. 1 admitted that besides being a tennis player, he is a normal human as well. He said that he loves to spend time with his family, even during his leisure time. “I’m not a tennis player at home. I am human there, normal. The main thing is normal, the main thing is calm. Not exactly leisurely, after all, I’m also the father of four children,” added the 39-year-old. “I like to let my mind wander. Meet friends and family, do things that I miss as a person when I’m on the go,” concluded the 20-time Grand Slam winner. Roger Federer has amassed a 37-9 record at Madrid thus far, winning the Masters 1000 tournament a total of three times in his career. Federer also happens to be the only player in the tournament’s history to have clinched the coveted title on three different surfaces. The Swiss maestro won his maiden Madrid title in 2006 (when the event was played on indoor hardcourts), beating Fernando Gonzalez in the final. The Swiss maestro then added another triumph to his bag in 2009, albeit on red clay, as he beat Rafael Nadal in the championship match.