Roger Federer raised the name of Switzerland by becoming one of the most popular athletes of the modern era. To his countless triumphs on the tennis court, the 39-year-old from Basel has been able to combine class and elegance that are unique in his relationship with fans and professionals.
Despite the passing of the years, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has retained his immense charm, so much so that he has been counted as the highest paid sportsman by sponsors. King Roger returned to the field in Doha a few weeks ago, ending a stoppage of over a year caused by a double operation on his right knee.
The new ranking system has allowed him to stay close to the top positions, an aspect not to be underestimated for a player who will turn 40 on August 8th. Thanks to the harsh effects generated by the pandemic on tourism, the eight-time Wimbledon champion has decided to support the campaign promoted by his country.
In an interview that appeared on myswitzerland.com the Maestro declared himself proud to be able to help his countryman: "have always felt that I have represented Switzerland not only through the Olympic Games or team competitions like the Davis Cup.
Whenever my name is spoken, there is always a Swiss flag next to it. I am very proud to have represented my country for 22 years on the ATP tour," said Federer.
Roger Federer: "That's what I would like to be remembered for besides tennis"
"I have always felt like an ambassador of my country.
Many people have told me that I am a symbol of Switzerland like chocolate, mountains and things like that. For me this logical step is fundamental, it fills me with enthusiasm,"he added. The winner of 103 ATP titles would also like to be remembered for his role off the court: "Maybe one day I will be famous for my philanthropic activity as well as for my victories on the tennis court."
King Roger will play some tournaments on red before Wimbledon. The eight-time Wimbledon champion will not be at the Miami Open this week, adding a further absence to the already battered draw of the first 1000 of the season.
The hegemony of the legendary world tennis trio is impressive and is exemplified in a resounding fact: at least one of them, the Serb, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, has been present in 64 of the last 70 Slam finals. We have to recall that this hegemony lasting since the Swiss reached Wimbledon final in 2003.
Almost 18 years of practically indisputable dominance have passed, and in this time only eight players have managed to snatch one of the twelve titles that the big three have missed. With Djokovic's victory against the Russian, they reach 58 Slams between them (20 Nadal and Federer and 18 Djokovic).
Roddick, Gaudio, Safín, Del Potro, Murray (3), Wawrinka (3), Cilic and Thiem (1), the latter last year at the US Open.