Roger Federer: 'I want them to be really fun'



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Roger Federer: 'I want them to be really fun'

Just a few months after his last visit, eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer stepped foot on his beloved Center Court on Friday. Accompanied by his former coach and friend Severin Luthi, Roger had a great day in London and returned to court where he won his first Major and played the last singles match of his career.

Federer captured the Wimbledon junior title in 1998, before two early departures at the professional level in the following years. The Swiss was a quarter-finalist in 2001 after that epic win over seven-time champion Pete Sampras in five sets.

Two years later, Roger went all the way, lifting his first Major crown by defeating Mark Philippoussis in the title match. Federer went on an incredible run until the 2008 final, winning five consecutive titles before losing that year's final to Rafael Nadal in a thrilling duel.

Roger regained the title in 2009 and added another in 2012 to equal Pete Sampras' record. Novak Djokovic was too strong for Federer in back-to-back Wimbledon finals in 2014 and 2015, rebounding two years later to become the first eight-time Wimbledon winner.

The Swiss came within one point of the All England Club's ninth trophy in 2019, giving it his all against Djokovic and wasting two match points on his serve in the most exciting Wimbledon final decider ever. Federer's 22nd and final Wimbledon campaign came last year, battling a knee injury but still wanting to try his best at the beloved event.

The veteran stopped the clock and toppled four opponents to enter the round of 16 as the oldest player in the Open Era. Competing in just his sixth tournament since the start of 2020, Federer put his physical issues behind him and advanced in the second week.

Lorenzo Sonego fell in the fourth round, and the Swiss wanted more against Hubert Hurkacz.

Federer didn’t have much time for travelling

Roger Federer won’t be skiing any time soon as his “knees are so-so”, but he is planning more adventurous holidays with his family and Africa is high on the to-do list.

Federer has hinted that he will have a farewell tour at some point – when the knee allows it of course – stating: “I know is I would love to go and play places I have never played before or go say thank you for years to come to all the people that have been so supportive of me.

I am still a little bit scared [when it comes other sports] right after retirement as my knee has been a little bit so-so and that [skiing] has to wait,” the former world No 1 said. "As time goes by I will be able to do more trips and we are always planning our vacations and I want them to be really fun.

They can become a little bit more creative. I would love to take my kids to Africa whereas before vacations always had to be relaxing because my life on the road was so busy, but now our vacations can be a bit more adventurous”.