In a new interview with the German sports site Spox.com, Roger Federer makes some insightful comments on a wide range of topics. Federer reveals he’d love to become a backpacker when he retires, he says he will not stop at 17 career Grand Slam titles, he doesn’t like winning the smaller, replica Slam trophies and he constantly thinks about tennis, even while on vacation!
The profile was done during Gstaad last week before Roger lost to Daniel Brands. Here are some of the highlights via google translation:
On winning more Slams, perhaps reaching 20:
Sure, it would. With so a number like 17 grand slams now I will not stop. Especially not if you still have the feeling that you can achieve even more. The margin at the top is very small, the air is very thin – as it sometimes takes not much more and you do not win as much as before. Much depends on the confidence that I used to totally underestimated. It is one of the most important aspects. If we consider self-confidence with which Murray plays today compared to the past, or Djokovic in his best year, 2011, when he barely lost.
On his priorities:
The priority hot tennis. I keep thinking about after tennis, even though I’m on vacation, for example, I am first and foremost a professional tennis player. Of course, the family is the most important thing in life, but tennis is an absolute priority for me. I know that my career will not last forever, so I try to enjoy everything. What was particularly important in my career always: I continuously ask myself behind, even in case of success. And also if it does not work that way. When I at Wimbledon in the second Round reject, I ask myself: ‘What’s going on? How could this happen? ‘ I usually find a way to get back on track if it does not work that way.
His future dreams:
Definitely still do a lot of traveling. And then rather in the Backpack-style. At the moment it’s all very luxurious and geared that I can recover well. Since I can not go out with the backpack and make me tired. To travel to countries where I was not, would be nice. Know towns or from a different perspective.
His dreams as a kid:
I had as a boy, of course, since I was 12, 14 years old, also the moments when I imagined how I win Wimbledon and the world number one will. ‘Game, set and match, Federer!’ How does that as a boy just so. (Laughs) The right faith, that I may go far, I then had perhaps as from 16 Since then slowly you realize that you can keep up. Still, I could have not imagined in my wildest dreams that I would make such a career. I would have been with the achievement of the top 100 happy.
The 31-year-old also revealed that he feels 2006 was his best season. He said he felt uncomfortable wearing suits, but he’s grown into them, saying you wear the suits, and not to let the suit wear you. And he also talked about his childhood playing days which he says were filled with tears
Federer is still not confirmed to play in the Rogers Cup which begins next week in Montreal. He is still treating his chronic back injury. It must be difficult to be a backpacker if one’s back is bad?
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