Roger Federer reveals who will win Indian Wells 2024

In a long interview for NBC, the Swiss Maestro talked about many topics, including his family and his post-retirement life

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Roger Federer reveals who will win Indian Wells 2024
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Who will win the BNP Paribas Open? The first ATP Masters 1000 of the season, which is played on the Californian hard courts of Indian Wells, has three main favorites for the final victory: Novak Djokovic, Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz.

I have already expressed my analysis of the tournament in previous articles which you can find here. Sinner is in a spectacular moment of form and he is perhaps the man to beat, at the moment, on hard court.

But a champion like Djokovic, if he has recovered from some physical problems that affected him in the first months of the year, is practically unbeatable, if at his highest level. Without considering how Carlitos (defending champion) and Daniil Medvedev are ready to enter the race for the Californian title.

Roger Federer also expressed on the Indian Wells ATP Masters 1000. The Swiss Maestro, present at the San Francisco Bay Arena to announce the Chase Center as the venue for the 2025 edition of the Laver Cup, gave a long interview to NBC, during which he touched on many times. Indian Wells precisely, but also his post-retirement life and his family.

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"I think Djokovic is the big favourite. I think Sinner hasn't lost since the Australian Open. I think Alcaraz is also back playing and he's the defending champion, so I think the winner will be one of those three guys. Unfortunately Nadal withdrew," explained Federer, regarding Indian Wells.

Roger also talked about his post-retirement life, making interesting and funny comments about padel and pickleball.

"In Europe we have a lot of padel, I've only played it twice. And pickleball, I've only seen it. I've never played pickleball, believe it or not. I heard it's very popular, growing rapidly from these parts, so I might have to start playing it, who knows. I know Jack Sock is on the tour there too, and other tennis players are trying it too," he told.

Roger opens up on his post-tennis retirement life

The 20-time Slam champion also spoke about how he keeps his body in shape now that he is no longer a professional tennis player. The Swiss has provided very interesting indications, which can be seen as advice to many athletes.

"I now have a gym that I didn't have before. Funnily enough, I got it the week after I retired, so now I have to use it. I go there four times a week and train. Less pressure is my favorite part of retirement! And I don't having to put my body through a lot when I'm not ready to play, so it's a big relief. I play squash and tennis and swim a lot now. I'm actually trying to stay very active. I'm still doing rehab for the knee. I try to train as much as possible," he explained.

Roger also opened up about his family life, even talking about his two sets of twins.

"We have a great relationship, but we also have our little battles, you know. They don't listen to me all day, every day, but that's okay, we keep trying. We try to do our best. We have twins who are almost 10 years old and two twins who are almost 15.

I think it's important to give them love so that they know you were there when they were young. And then, of course, now that they're growing up, we try to give them the right advice and guide them in the right direction, but we also have to let them flying alone. And it's hard, hard as parents, but I do the best I can," he said.

Below several pics and videos on Roger's rpesence at the San Francisco Bay Arena:

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