In an interview with Tennis Magazine, Roger Federer spoke about his childhood years, a time when he was not sure whether he would have become a great player instead of some other sportsman.
'I was very talented, but I wasn't Tiger Woods, or Martina Hingis or even Rafa, people who at 10 years, you knew were going to become world no. 1's,' he said.
The figure of Martina Hingis was very important: 'When Hingis won Wimbledon she was 16 and I was 15, I told myself, winning Wimbledon next year would be totally impossible for me! So I watched her win and my jaw was just on the floor out of bewilderment, I just had no idea how she managed that.'
The moment that changed his off-court life was when he met his future wife Mirka. They are now parents of four children: 'Sydney 2000, the big start for me, Mirka, well, all the way till now. I am happy she went to the Olympics at the last minute since that is where we kissed for the first time.'
Federer is also aware of his popularity, but at the same time does not think he is better than all the other sportsmen: 'I really appreciate all the support. I've always said that the fact I get so much support, it's not normal for me. I'm really - I'm not sure if it's the right word - very proud, it makes me really emotional, getting all this support from all over the world. I can't see myself as the kind of idols Jordan were to me, they are so above all the rest, I feel like I'm not like them. Maybe I am, but it's weird. I can't wrap my head around that!'