Roger Federer, 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. During a recent interview with the Swiss-German 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.
"No two days are alike, which is absolutely fantastic. We are genuine and behave like all other families," said the eight-time Wimbledon champion. Federer has the option of hanging out with his kids and going to the woods or parks on weekends.
"Fortunately, there are no problems in Switzerland from this point of view. I often went into the woods with my children, or we go to the playground. For me it is important to stay outdoors and in contact with nature as much as possible.
In this way, we can enjoy some peace and quiet," added Roger. Questioned on several occasions about an imminent retirement from tennis, the Maestro reiterated his desire to take away some other satisfaction at the highest level.
Wimbledon seems like the perfect stage for his latest venture.
With 20 triumphs, Roger Federer, along with Rafael Nadal, he is the most successful player in the history of men's tennis in Grand Slam tournaments.
In 2009 with the victory in Roland Garros he completed the Career Grand Slam. In 2017, by beating Marin Cilic in the final, he became the only man to have won Wimbledon eight times, the oldest and most prestigious tournament in the world.
On 28 January 2018, by winning his twentieth Grand Slam, he marks one of the most significant feats in the history of sport. From that date to 27 January 2019, he is the only player in history to simultaneously hold the record for trophies won in two different Grand Slam events (8 titles at Wimbledon, absolute record and 6 Australian Open, ex aequo with Djokovic and Emerson).
He is the tennis player who has won the ATP Finals several times (6) (obtaining the highest number of participations in the final, 10) and who has won the most titles both on hard (67) and on grass (19). In 2014, winning the decisive singles match against the French Richard Gasquet, he led the Swiss team to win their first Davis Cup.
At the Olympics he won two medals: at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing he won gold in the double together with compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka, while in London 2012 he won silver in the singles by losing in the final at Wimbledon to Andy Murray.
With 54 successes he is, behind Novak Djokovic (59) and Rafael Nadal (56), in third place in the ranking of the winners of the so-called Big Titles, namely the Grand Slam tournaments, the Masters 1000, the ATP Finals and the Olympics.
With a prize pool of around 130 million dollars, he is the second player in history in the ranking of career earnings, preceded by Djokovic.