During the interview with Shweizer Illustrete, Roger Federer gladly took stock of this very particular and in some ways shocking year in which the Swiss champion spent a few hours on a tennis court, thanks to the now well-known knee problems and this terrible Pandemic.
An anomalous, very complicated year that closes a special decade, in which bitter disappointments and amazing victories have alternated; in short, ten years pervaded by great emotions that have allowed Roger to feel more alive than ever even after the threshold of thirty.
The chat with his German colleagues was enlightening from many points of view, especially because he wanted to put aside the tennis played for a few minutes to focus on Federer's private life and on his personal feelings after these absolutely unrepeatable months that forced him away from play but at the same time happily close to loved ones.
Staying in the pits for so many months was not actually a real first time for the Swiss tennis player, who had already experienced a hiccup season in 2016 that was definitively interrupted after the defeat in the Wimbledon semifinal against Canadian Milos Raonic, however this second experience turned out to be very different for what concerns the context in which he lived it, that is, away from tennis and immersed in a reality impossible to predict.
Roger talks about his 2020
"I have already experienced a similar situation: it was 2016 and I was forced to stay mostly at home after knee surgery. I have to say though that this year has gone by faster than expected, almost as if I was busy touring.
The novelty compared to 2016 for us was that we were not able to make plans: what are we doing this Wednesday and the days after? And then there were always new situations and rules that we had to adapt to, it was something completely new and in some ways this helped to distract us a little from the monotony.
Anyway, I always enjoy being with my family, whether they're on tour or not, but in this case the stress has dropped a lot. Dad has another game or Don't make too much noise in the morning because Dad didn't go to bed until three in the morning after his match.
These phrases have not been heard throughout the year. For once it was nice to have a normal family life. What did I do most of the time? I looked at my little ones." Roger Federer, with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others greatests tennis stars on the planet will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbounre from 8 February: it will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season.
It will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world.