"Retirementl? I don't know, I'm really calm about my career and my life. And I know this moment is one last great, huge opportunity to do something exceptional. It is always like this when you have achieved all that I have achieved.
I don't want to be misunderstood: I want to win even more. Otherwise, I would not have spent the whole year undergoing surgery, walking with crutches and respecting a long rehabilitation," said Roger Federer in an interview with GQ, Federer talked about his future and his ambitions.
After the long break and the surgery on his right knee, Roger Federer played two tournaments in 2021 and next week he will participate at the Roland Garros 2021, the second Grand Slam of the year. The Swiss champion took to the court in Doha and Geneva.
Federer added: "I really believe I can win again, but first I have to prove to myself that the body can support me; the mind is ready. I can't believe I'm 39, to be honest. I'm turning 40. It's like I've spent my life traveling around the Tour.
I had a lot of fun, even though I had some difficult times. I've been playing around with all kinds of problems. I look like an 80-year-old person who looks to his childhood as his favorite part of him (he laughs, ed). You have to find a way to be happy on the Tour, because there are many things at stake: the points, the money, the fame, the victories, the media.
Fortunately, I didn't have to deal with all these things even with social networks. I'm glad that somehow my education on the Tour was a little more normal. In general, it is important to have a mental balance. In the world of sports it happens many times: you make your dream come true and then you wonder if you can still push yourself further.
You become number five in the world, but aim to be number one. It is not easy to manage all of this; it's very, very difficult."
What will Roger Federer wear at the French Open 2021?
What will Roger Federer wear at the French Open 2021? How Roger will take the court in Paris: Christophe Lemaire of Uniqlo has designed two suits for Federer.
If one should be the one already shown in the match in Geneva against Andujar, the other has not yet been revealed. Federer should wear a red polo shirt with dark blue details with shorts in complementary colors to the shirt, namely blue with red details.
From the photos that circulate, the shade of red would seem very clear, almost salmon. A decidedly more different choice than the previous edition of the Roland Garros where Uniqlo had opted for a white shirt with gray shorts.
After a not exactly exciting come back to the ATP 250 tournament in Geneva, Roger Federer is preparing to play at the Roland Garros 2021 after having skipped, as is well known, the unusual 2020 autumn version. The last match played by the Swiss in the Parisian Grand Slam remains, therefore, the semifinal lost in three sets against Rafael Nadal on a climatically stormy day.
As mentioned, the run-in of the Swiss champion did not go as probably Roger himself had hoped. In Geneva, in fact, Federer was defeated on his first match by Pablo Andujar in a match in which Roger seemed to have managed to solve many problems, above all technical, but at the best he let himself be squeezed by four consecutive games that transformed the 4-2 lead in the deciding set into 6-4 for his opponent.
There was, however, no turnaround in preparation and, therefore, Federer will be regularly at the starting line at Roland Garros where he has already made it known that winning the tournament is certainly not an option. "I cannot set my goal in becoming champion in Paris at Roland Garros 2021 because I know that I will not succeed.
Anyone who thought that I would return immediately to the field and win Roland Garros was very wrong", these are the words of the Swiss.