Roger Federer: ‘I hope that I was able to exemplify that…’

Roger Federer has suffered a lot over the past two years from a right knee injury. The Swiss phenomenon played the misery of 13 official matches in 2021, with an unexciting tally of nine wins and four defeats. At Wimbledon he went all the way to the quarterfinals, where he was neatly defeated by Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court (including a bagel in the third set). A few weeks later, the King announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in the last year and a half. Although the Maestro has expressed a desire to return to the field, there is no precise plan for his return to the tour. Fans are hoping that the former ATP number 1 will be able to treat himself to at least one final catwalk in 2022. Over the past twelve months, the 40-year-old from Basel has collected the hook of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at 20 Grand Slams. The Serbian also surpassed him in the all-time ranking of weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. In a lengthy interview with ‘Ringier’, Federer revealed how he would like to be remembered in the future.

Roger Federer on his retirement

Roger Federer has been one of the greatest players in tennis, ever. The Swiss Maestro has performed at an elite level for over two decades. Over the past few years, however, Roger has been struggling with frequent injuries. Adding those injuries to the fact that he recently turned 40, talk of his retirement is inevitable. In a recent interview, Roger Federer revealed the best possible way of ending his professional career. “I hope I will be remembered as a casual, cool, good tennis player,” Roger Federer said. “And as a person, I hope that I was able to exemplify that even if you succeed, you can meet people with decency, attitude and fairness.” The Swiss revealed that he does not fear the transition phase once he calls it a day, citing how he and his wife Mirka are good at effortlessly juggling several commitments. “That doesn’t exist for me (a dream ending). But I hope that I can choose the moment myself. I’m sure I’ll notice when this moment has come,” Federer said. “I’m not afraid of the time after my professional career,” he added. “This will be a smooth transition. Mirka and I have managed the life balance between tennis, family and friends incredibly well. This is what makes me most proud. Because what is really important in life in the end?”

 

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