Roger Federer' brutal revelation: "Farewell was a kind of funeral of your own life"

Analyzing the creation of the Prime Video docu-series Roger Federer Twelve final days, the Swiss Maestri revealed moving details about what he felt in the moments of his farewell

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Roger Federer' brutal revelation: "Farewell was a kind of funeral of your own life"
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Roger Federer Twelve final days will be distributed on Amazon Prime Video starting from June 20th: it will be an opportunity for all fans of Roger Federer to know the story of the twelve days that preceded the farewell of the Swiss Maestro at the Laver Cup 2022. The The Swiss champion's moving retirement, which took place on the O2 Arena alongside his great rivals Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, is one of the moments that has marked the recent history of tennis. And Roger wanted to give his millions of fans a behind-the-scenes look at that historic moment.

Although he retired from tennis two years ago, Federer still remains one of the most influential and loved sporting figures in the world. The fans always remember with great wonder his exploits, which made them fall in love with this wonderful sport.
In an interview given to El País, Federer talked about the sensations he felt in the last moments before his moving farewell, confessing that he did not expect to experience such strong emotions.

"It's an amazing feeling, like you're at some sort of funeral of your own life. It's a very strange feeling, to be honest. You're completely alert and you're in a big slow-motion blur of everything that's happening. It's like a 'operation: you know what it feels like after undergoing it, I never thought the end would be so rich in experiences," he explained.

Roger then revealed the reason that convinced him to create a documentary, to bequeathed to all those who admired him.

"I thought maybe there would be that moment with the microphone, where you're in the spotlight. I thought something like that, that's what I predicted, but it was much more. That's why I convinced myself, my team and everyone others that maybe this material was worth showing, because it was something so special, so unique and so painful, and yet so good, that maybe fans would be interested," he explained.

Federer, in the same interview with El País, then talked about the iconic photo taken together with Rafael Nadal at the O2 Arena at the 2022 Laver Cup and the possible retirement of his Spanish friend and rival.

"I keep the photo at home framed in a space where I have some photos from my career; I don't want photos everywhere, so I keep them in a specific area. And when I walk past it, it always catches my attention because it reflects our camaraderie, the our friendship and even the rivalry, all in one image. It's a moment where we're both able to reflect on everything we've just experienced, remembering our careers and how lucky we were to be tennis players, to have been able to transform. our hobby into a dream profession," he told.

Roger then confessed that he was afraid, at a certain point in his career, that Nadal might retire before him.

"I was worried that Nadal might quit before me. There were signs that Rafa was unwell and that he wouldn't last that long. I didn't think I could play beyond the age of 37 or 38, and the same goes for him, but then he finds himself in a place where he starts to feel better. But yes, I was worried that Rafa might leave and, in fact, I thought that he would leave after beating Medvedev, in the 2022 Australian Open final.  thought maybe he would do it there or at Roland Garros. I would have been incredibly happy for him, but at the same time it would have been a shock for me," Roger said.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal © Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

In an interview with the BBC, Federer also talked out about Andy Murray's possible retirement at Wimbledon and his rivals Nadal and Djokovic.

"We are talking about something deeply personal. Only the person concerned and the people close to him can give advice. When a decision like that is made, everyone finds themselves in a completely different circumstance: from the family point of view, of life , of the body or of the mind. I hope that Andy, like Novak and Rafa, can continue to play tennis forever. As a fan and enthusiast, I think so. Obviously that time will come, of course, but I hope to always see them on the court because the Tour is a better place with them and not without them," he analyzed.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray © Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

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