World No. 1 Roger Federer sat down with sponsor Credit Suisse for this extended interview earlier this week during his vacation. Following his incredible seventh Wimbledon title, a record breaking 287 weeks at No. 1 and the upcoming London Olympics, there’s plenty to talk about with Federer.
“A week later I actually still have the feeling being on a high,” Federer said. “And have all these great memories. At the same time reaching No. 1 is a job that lass throughout the year. That everything would lineup so fantastically that after Wimbledon I could be no. 1 I would never have imagined.”
With the crammed schedule this summer short time in between Wimbledon and the Olympics, Federer isn’t worried about not being in shape.
“At some point we all get a little nervous and are glad things are starting up again,” Federer said. “I can hardly wait until the Olympics start. For that reason a week of vacation is exactly right so that I can get over the euphoria of Wimbledon and start training and give everything so that I’m able to get top again and ready to hopefully win an Olympic medal for Switzerland.”
Federer also elaborated on his back troubles he suffered during Wimbledon.
“I didn’t know I would experience such back problems against Malisse,” Federer said. “That did actually give me a scare. I knew that I just got through the match. I still had had three more to go. The back pains in the first set were certainly the biggest problem, but despite that when I continued and saw that it was getting better I realized that it was simply a muscle problem that was being aggravated by the cold wind.
“That can simply happen. Then it was clear to me that it wasn’t so bad.”
Federer reflected on his win over Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final two weekends ago.
“That match was so important for both of us,” Federer said. “At the end I was just a big more aggressive as I have perhaps quite often been in this situation.
“I told myself you have to attack his second serve, play close to the net, and decide the outcome with my racquet and not leave it up to him,” he added. “And that’s exactly what happened in the end. It was the right decision.”
Here’s the 20-minute interview:
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