Roger Federer: 'The carpet will be pulled from under my legs sometimes'

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Roger Federer: 'The carpet will be pulled from under my legs sometimes'

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer listed the 2017 Australian Open final victory among his top three wins. Federer lost in the fifth set of the 2017 Australian Open but recovered to beat Rafael Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3. At the time, it was Federer's first Grand Slam win since 2012 Wimbledon.

"[The 2017 Australian Open] was my win just as I was coming back. That was something very special. Definitely in the top three in my life, like a tennis moment for me," Federer said in his interview with Eurosport, according to Sportskeeda.

"This is so high because it came so unexpectedly, and it was against Rafa in the final. I just had it all. In the end, the moment showed what it meant to me, and it still does today. It was very, very special." In the 2009 Australian Open final, Nadal beat Federer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2 to win his first Australian Open title.

"[The 2009 Australian Open final] was perhaps one of the best matches that I think Rafa and I have faced. It was amazing what he was able to dig up. It wasn't a super fast court and I felt like I had to try all the tricks I had in the book to try and maneuver him," Federer said.

Federer beat Marin Cilic in the 2018 Australian Open final to claim back-to-back titles at Melbourne Park. "[At the 2018 Australian Open] I was able to defend my title in five sets against Marin Cilic, a great guy."

Federer on spending more time with his family

Roger Federer recently opened up on how he has dealt with staying home for the last two years while recovering from a serious knee injury. The Swiss also spoke about his family supporting him during his time away from the tour.

"The last few years have definitely shown me how it could be, how to manage a sort of slower life... because I actually feel very, very busy [nowadays]," Roger Federer said. "I wake up earlier than ever because my body doesn't need as much rest as it used to.

I actually have more time on my hands when I wake up at 7 o' clock in the morning. I wanna remain curious and really learn, you know.... just working hard, but still enjoy the process. The transition will be an interesting one, my life will be different, the carpet will be pulled from under my legs sometimes, you know?" he added.

"Maybe I see it easier than it will be, but I'm very confident about it and that's not because I don't want to come back. We'll see how it will be."