The last two years have been quite traumatic for Roger Federer and all his fans. Time has passed since that damned final lost after two match points at Wimbledon against Novak Djokovic but after that the Swiss champion was the protagonist of a real ordeal.
The knee injury, the various operations and a pandemic situation linked to the Coronavirus created many difficulties for the Swiss champion who turned 40 just a few days ago. We are now at the final stages of Roger Federer's career and all the fans, every time the Swiss takes the court, wonder if that will be the last.
Roger Federer's career has incredible numbers and even now, together with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Roger is the tennis player with the most Grand Slam titles in history. Unless we all could call incredible Federer should stop at 20 Grand Slam titles.
In the last few hours, the legendary tennis player gave an interview to Blick's microphones, explaining what has changed compared to the past and how he lived his 40 years. Here are his statements: "The truth is that you have to adapt, there are no other solutions.
It has already happened in the past but now it's different, the factors have changed: in the past I was based on my experiences and successes, now I'm just a quiet guy who lives life with a great sense of humor. I always try to see the positive side of things, I know they will improve over time and if it doesn't happen I think it could have been worse.
I'm fine, just turned 40 years-old and my family is healthy, plus I'm still a tennis player. Who would have thought that? I am totally at peace with myself and I am sure that there will still be many beautiful things in front of me.
40 years-olf? They have been fantastic, I have been with my family, me, Mirka, my children and my parents. We also celebrated our birthday with friends, we had fun with karaoke, then of course when the dance floor is empty we started dancing.
The next day I was healthy and I felt relieved, in the past I saw the forties and I considered them old people, now I am also one of them."
Roger Federer's parents praised their son
A few days before his 40th birthday, Roger Federer's parents Robert and Lynette gave a nice interview to Blick magazine.
His dad Robert said: "Roger Federer looks a lot like me physically. I think he has inherited many traits from me, it is so evident" Then Mom Lynette intervened: "From meshe probably received the discipline and the desire to move.
Perhaps also his talent for hitting the ball." Not even his parents imagined seeing him still on the court at 40. Lynette said: "He has always followed his instinct and his love for sport. In addition, his physique has held up quite well despite the repeated stresses of the past 25 years."
Robert Federer's father added about his amazing son: "It's great that he still lives for tennis. He tried very hard to recover his condition after knee operations, I found it truly admirable. Roger continues to live his dream, we respect him without ever getting too much in the way."
Lynette also said: "Roger Federer has always been a fun, active guy who had lots of friends around him. It was immediately evident that he wanted to play sports. It didn't matter who he was. Skateboarding, biking, ping pong or squash, he just liked to move.
It was not an obligation for him unlike many other children, he did it with pleasure. People have always been amazed by his exceptional talent and naturalness with which hit the ball from a very young age. However, we never imagined such a success."
His father Robert added: "We never had the thought that he was going to be a champion of the sport. We always behaved normally, letting things run as smoothly as possible." The next months for Roger Federer will be crucial after giving up the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati.
The former world number 1 suffered a knee relapse during the grass season, having had to give up the Tokyo Olympics and the dream of winning the gold medal in singles. His participation in the last Grand Slam of 2021, the US Open, seems far from obvious, considering that the King has played only five tournaments this year.
Several fans and insiders believe that the 20-time Grand Slam champion is seriously thinking about retiring, thanks to a physicist who doesn't want to leave him alone. The Swiss legend played his last match at Wimbledon, where he surrendered in the quarter-finals to a wild Hubert Hurkacz.
The bagel handed to him by the Pole in the third set had alarmed his countless fans, who had never seen him so helpless on Center Court.