Waske: "Roger Federer is like a Hollywood actor"

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Waske: "Roger Federer is like a Hollywood actor"

In a recent interview with Tennis Magazine, Alexander Waske praised Roger Federer's attitude both on and off the court. He said: "I once confided to Roger Federer that I often had cramps when I entered the court as a favorite.

I was having a hard time dealing with that kind of pressure and I wanted to know his point of view on it. He replied that he always tried to see himself as the favorite, so that he could have the same feeling every time. Every day is different, but Federer has found a way to feel relaxed under all circumstances.

He explained to me that lightness on the pitch is strongly linked to the player's mood. Roger relaxes through his pre-game routines: he takes a shower, wraps his ankles, packs his rackets and so on. I think Federer is comparable to a Hollywood actor, it's like he has borrowed something from the world of acting."

Federer's come back

The last Swiss Grand Slam triumph dates back to the Australian Open 2018, although all fans still have those two match points wasted at Wimbledon 2019 in mind.

The last two years have not been easy for Roger at all. The former world number 1 had to deal with a serious right knee injury, which significantly limited his appearances on the pitch. Suffice it to say that the Swiss phenomenon played just 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four losses.

After reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he has suffered a knee relapse and is undergoing surgery for the third time in 18 months. The King hopes to return to the field in late summer or early autumn, but it is still too early to give up.

As admitted by his longtime coach Severin Luthi, the 40-year-old from Basel is highly unlikely to participate in the 2022 edition of Wimbledon. Roger could make his return to the Laver Cup, which will take place at London's O2 Arena in late September.