Roger Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, has just appeared alongside Hollywood star Anne Hathaway for a Swiss Tourism ad. On Wednesday, Swiss tennis star Federer shared bits of what went on behind the scenes during the ad shoot.
During his conversation with Hathaway, Federer talked about his love for hiking and how it is one of his best childhood memories. During the excursions, Federer learned to make a fire and to roast sausages. "I loved going on hikes.
It's a very clear childhood memory. When I was young I learned how to make a fire, roast sausages and carry bread... I loved it. And summer in the mountains is great," said Federer. "You can forget everything. My father used to say: 'When you walk, you talk' I think he gave him a lot of time to be with his children and talk to them.
I loved that. I think Adele. She can both speak and sing. She's lovely," Hathaway said. "Then Sarah Silverman and Dolly Parton." Meanwhile, Federer has signed on to play in Basel. In 2020, Federer underwent two knee operations. Federer resurfaced last year but only played five tournaments before being forced to undergo another operation.
The Swiss, who hasn't played since Wimbledon, is likely to make his comeback around September. Federer will skip the entire clay court season and it is very unlikely that he will play Wimbledon. Earlier this year, Federer was confirmed for the Laver Cup, which takes place at the end of September.
Roger Federer and Andy Roddick are good friends off the court.
Andy Roddick on Roger Federer
In a recording from the Netflix documentary Untold: Breaking Point, Andy Roddick complimented Roger Federer's on-court skills, saying he was the "best defensive and offensive player" in his prime.
"Roger was the best defensive and the best offensive player in the world at the same time. How do you attack that? He's the most-liked athlete in the world, universally, in the world. You speak 17 languages and your hair looks amazing, it's fantastic, and you don't sweat," said Roddick.
Roddick also claimed that although he is not at all jealous of Federer, he is "jealous of the ease at which he is able to navigate being the greatest player of all time." "I'm not jealous of his success. I am jealous of the ease at which he's able to navigate being the greatest of all time," added the former US Open champion.