Roger Federer: 'I’m happy I could go first'



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Roger Federer: 'I’m happy I could go first'

Roger Federer joked after none of the journalists present at a Laver Cup press conference rushed to ask him questions after the organizers opened the microphone for them. "First question, anyone?" the organizers said.

After a moment of silence, a laughing Federer asked: "Is that all?" During a Laver Cup press conference, Roger Federer let everyone know that he will not copy Bjorn Borg and disappear from the sport like the Swedish player did.

"I just wanted to let the fans know that I'm not going to be a ghost, you know? It's funny, I've talked about Bjorn Borg before. I think he didn't come back to Wimbledon for 25 years. That hurts all of us tennis fans.

Totally agree, his life, his reasons, you know... but I don't think I'm that guy. I feel that tennis has given me too much. I've been in the game too long, I've fallen in love with too many things, I love seeing people again, and that's what I wanted to let the fans know, that they will see me again.

Not only more... Now, what could it be, in what capacity? I do not know. I still have to think about it a bit. Give me time," Federer said during a Laver Cup press conference. Federer played his last tournament before retiring in the Laver Cup.

"As many of you know, the last three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I've worked hard to get back to full competitive shape. But I also know the capabilities and limits of my body, and its message to me lately has been clear.

I have 41 years old. I have played more than 1,500 games in 24 years."

King Roger on the Big 4 group

Roger Federer mentioned that being the first player in the iconic Big 4 group to retire made sense as he was the oldest of the lot.

"I’m happy I could go first, because I also am supposed to go first. So, that’s why it’s felt good. And I hope they can all play as long as possible and squeeze that lemon out. I really wish the best for them," he said.

"I got a scare with [Andy] Murray. I remember vividly when I saw him in the locker room in Australia in 2019 after his Bautista match [referring to Roberto Bautista Agut]. I remember he said, “I might be done”.

We were asked to do farewell videos; I had a chance to go. I went up to him and asked him, “Are you like seriously done?” And I remember him telling me, “Well, with this hip, I can’t play anymore,” he added.