Tennis legend Roger Federer reveals his deep feelings before his farewell

In an interview with GQ Sport, the Swiss Maestro opened up about his post-retirement feelings and the future of tennis without the Big 3

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Tennis legend Roger Federer reveals his deep feelings before his farewell
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The history of tennis has been rewritten in a profound, indelible way by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. A domain so extraordinary that we still struggle to understand all-aroud. Something extraordinary, unrepeatable, has happened. Which left its mark forever.

There is a before the Big 3, there will be an after. Not just titles and records. The Big 3 have had an unprecedented impact in the history of tennis, from a commercial, media, style and business point of view, increasing the popularity of tennis as never before.

The tennis players who exist today and who are destined to collect (at least in part) their legacy are Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner. A very heavy legacy that could put pressure on these kids.

In an exclusive interview with GQ Sport, Roger Federer talked about many topics, such as the future of tennis and his retirement.

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The Swiss Maestro explained how he does not want to put too much pressure on Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz, in order to leave them free to express their talent and lighten the load of pressure that they will have to face during their careers.

"I don't like to put pressure on these players, because Novak, Rafa and I didn't initially set ourselves the goal of winning 20 Slams. Obviously there are players who you think will win more Slams.

Someone has to win them and, of course, they will be those who will conquer the Slams to become the superstars of our sport. Which some are already doing: Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner and so on. There is a lot of interest right now to see who will be next.

So I think in the next two or three years we will have a clearer idea. I think there are good players right now, but I still think they are perfecting their game to understand how to beat the best on their favorite surfaces," explained Federer.

Roger Federer: "I suffered before retiring"

In the interview granted to GQ Roger also spoke about his retirement, explaining his feelings before, during and after the 2022 Laver Cup. A divide moment in the history of tennis.

"The last few years have been difficult due to the condition of my knee. Now I feel relieved," said Roger Federer when he thinks about the complicated months that accompanied his retirement.

The Swiss did everything to try to give himself One last ride, but fate can sometimes be cruel and did not allow him to say goodbye to tennis - the sport that he made popular more than any other player - as he would have liked.

It matters little, however, because despite the passing of the years his name is present in every stadium and in every country. It is impossible to watch a tennis match and not spot a fan in the audience wearing his branded cap or an RF-branded t-shirt. This is probably the greatest gift that Federer left behind.

"I could feel the end of my career approaching. When you officially retire, you take a deep breath and say: Okay, that was good! At that moment I suffered, because I knew it would be hard: the moment of retirement in London and all that preceded that event.

It was super exciting. Something that has always been a part of your life will be gone forever and you can't get it back. The train leaves the station. And that's fine, but obviously you can't just go from one day to the next and say, No problem, it's easy. I got the ending I wanted, maybe it went even better," he told.

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