Roger Federer: 'It's still cool because it means that I was able to...'

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The All England Club had to close its doors in 2020 due to the pandemic, not welcoming tennis players for the first time since 1946. The world's top stars returned to Wimbledon a year ago, and eight-time champion Roger Federer was among them.

It was Roger's fourth tournament in the last 16 months, battling a knee injury and not being among the Wimbledon favorites for the first time in two decades! The bookmakers ranked Federer below the top favourites, and he didn't care, concentrating on his game and the matches after an early exit from Halle.

Roger singled out defending champion Novak Djokovic as the player to beat, followed by Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev. Djokovic, Federer, Zverev and Medvedev all advanced to the third round, with Roger keeping up with his younger rivals by beating Adrian Mannarino and Richard Gasquet.

The Swiss would overcome two more obstacles to meet in the quarterfinals and become the oldest player in the Open Era in the round of 16 at Wimbledon. Federer couldn't go any further after a tough loss to Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets.

Roger predicted the tournament winner, as Djokovic defeated Matteo Berrettini in four sets to lift the sixth Wimbledon trophy and move closer to the Swiss. Federer and Djokovic played an epic 2019 Wimbledon final, in which the Serb fended off two match points in a 7-6 1-6 7-6 4-6 13-12 victory after a dramatic four hours and 57 minutes.

King Roger touched on a variety of personal topics

Roger Federer is of the opinion that the tennis court is more of a place of work for him than the playground it used to be back in his early days as a professional. "[What the the tennis court means to me] has changed.

It used to be a playground for me but today it's more of a place of work - which sounds kind of wrong, but it's still cool because it means that I was able to turn my hobby into a job," Federer said. "Every now and then, just for fun, I say to my family when a training session or a game is due: 'Bye guys, I'm going to the office now!

The kids run in all directions [when we get to a playground]. It's about not losing sight of them all and not getting too distracted. Because of course there will be one or two visitors," Federer said. "Above all abroad, I'm no longer asked, it's clear to others from the start that I have to pose with them. Then mommy is quickly called on Facetime: 'Look who I'm with! It's Roger.' "