Roger Federer: 'I always come back to the simple...'



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Roger Federer: 'I always come back to the simple...'

Among the many players featured in Wimbledon's 135 years of champions are some much-loved Australian legends. From Norman Brookes' first title in 1907 to Ash Barty's spellbinding triumph in 2021, 15 Australian players have lifted individual trophies at the All England Club.

Several of them are celebrating major anniversaries at the 2022 Championships: 70 years since Frank Sedgman swept the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles in 1952, 60 years since Rod Laver claimed the second of four singles titles at Wimbledon and 20 years since Lleyton Hewitt became the 2002 champion.

It naturally follows that outside of the Australian Open, Wimbledon is generally the Grand Slam that today's Australian players hold most dear. And as Alex de Minaur, the No. 19 seed in the 2022 Championship, explains, walking through the doors of the All England Club inspires some unique goals.

"It's always special," said De Minaur, who will lead 15 Australian players (nine men and six women) in the singles draws at Wimbledon. “As I always say, it is their history, their heritage, their culture, their tradition.

I mean, the goals are endless when you're describing this magical place." That's especially true for competitors competing in a Wimbledon main draw for the first time. Nadal and Roger Federer are arguably two of the all-time best tennis players.

While Federer has 20 Grand Slams to his name, the Spaniard added two more this year and now has 22. Talking about their head-to-head record, Nadal leads by a fair margin. In the 40 matches they faced each other, Federer has won 16 while Nadal has triumphed on 24 occasions.

King Roger named three traditional Swiss meals

Roger Federer recently revealed his favorite wine and food during an extensive interview with Caminada. "Our favorite wine is a 2009 Cos d'Estournel," Federer revealed.

"It was an emotional year, we got married and the girls were born. At that time I bought many cases of this Bordeaux. Currently, I also really like the Italians Guado al Tasso, Sassicaia, Tignanello and others. Mirka and I also like to drink champagne to celebrate special moments."

The conversation then veered towards Federer's food choices. While divulging some of his preferred food choices, he named three traditional Swiss meals - raclette, fondue, and rosti. "I have traveled so much and have been able to taste the most unbelievable specialties on all continents, but in the end I always come back to the simple things – very Swiss – I love fondue, raclette and rösti more than anything," he said.