Roger Federer’s farewell tournament is imminent and whether the 20-time Grand Slam champion will play at the event has been a big topic on social media. In an exclusive interview with SRF, the Swiss maestro cleared up those questions, noting that he will indeed play doubles at the 2022 Laver Cup.
Although the 41-year-old admitted his knee was too far off to survive a singles match, he had no qualms about playing doubles, adding that it would be a dream if he could do it alongside his longtime friend Rafael Nadal.
Addressing the reactions he has received from his fans and media to his retirement news, the former world No. 1 said it is wonderful to hear so much positive news.
“Maybe I can play doubles with Rafa, that would be an absolute dream. It’s nice that the coverage was so positive, I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “So far the echo has been wonderful.”
Federer also revealed during the interview that he informed his close friends of his resignation in advance, commenting that he told them that if they were questioned about it, it was okay to let the press know about the decision.
“I wanted to tell my closest circle just beforehand – so about 48 hours before the button was pressed. I wanted to keep that circle small so as not to burden my friends,” he said. “People always asked about me. And I didn’t want them to lie.”
When asked what he was most proud of in his 24-year career, the 20-time Grand Slam champion explained that it was the many opportunities he had in front of his fans for so long.
“For being able to play at such a level for so long and having so many fans,” he said. “During Corona, I saw what it was like to play in front of empty stands in Paris. I will miss having the crowd behind me in packed stadiums.”
The former world No. 1 said he enjoys traveling the world and meeting interesting people, even if it meant he had to sacrifice a lot to get there. Federer added that he has always been a realist at heart and constantly strived to improve even when he was world No. 1.
“You hope to be at the top one day and you do everything for it. You have to give a lot, give up a lot. I was able to travel around the world and meet interesting people and cultures,” said Federer. “It was always important to me to be realistic. I said to myself, ‘I’m good, but I still need to improve. I’m number 1 in the world, but that doesn’t suit me.'”
“If I had been a bit more professional when I was younger, maybe I would have been more successful” – Roger Federer
Roger Federer wished he had been more professional when he was younger and wondered if he could have been even more successful in this case.
At the same time, the Swiss legend felt it could have led to burnout much sooner and was glad he was tackling his career the way he did.
“Of course there are smaller things, but I can’t think of any examples. I see it as an absolute dream career, had a relaxed childhood,” said Federer. “If I had been a bit more professional when I was younger, I might have been more successful. But then I might have burned out earlier because it would have been too serious for me.”
https://www.sportskeeda.com/tennis/maybe-i-can-play-rafa-absolute-dream-roger-federer-confirms-will-playing-doubles-laver-cup-2022?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “Maybe I can play with Rafa, that would be an absolute dream”