Roger Federer shares strong feelings for his Prime Video series: "I cried a lot"

In an interview for the Italian media Gazzetta dello Sport, the Swiss champion explained how he accepted that his career had come to an end

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Roger Federer shares strong feelings for his Prime Video series: "I cried a lot"
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"I'm proud to share all this with my fans and I think many will be happy. I'm not good at acting, but I'm always authentic, I'm always myself. My career has been a long and incredible journey and after retiring I thought that I would have suffered much more but in the end it was all a beautiful party. The speeches of my wife Mirka and Rafael Nadal touched me, they marked the first five minutes and don't miss the initial part of the film. Mirka and I saw the film at the premiere with the directors and we cried a lot, it was incredible to relive those emotions."

In an interview granted to the Italian media Gazzetta dello Sport, Roger Federer opened up once again about the very strong emotions he felt in the last moments of his glorious career, spent at the 2022 edition of the Laver Cup with his family and his rivals. The final twelve days of the Swiss Maestro's career will be documented in the highly anticipated Prime Video documentary which will be released on June 20th. Twelve days full of emotions, tears and sensations never felt, both by Federer himself and by his historic rivals and by his family.

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Roger told in the documentary the last days of his extraordinary career; emotional moments, with which he bid farewell to our beloved sport.

"It's really the last 12 days, also because I wasn't ready to shoot a film about my career and my adventure in tennis. The documentary shows how much vulnerability and suffering there is in the career of an athlete. Everything the directors shot it was intended for my family and my staff but later we realized that the images were very beautiful and we couldn't keep them just for us at that moment you accept the fact that your career is really over," he revealed.

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In a recent interview for El País, the 20-time Slam champion had already previously talked about the sensations he felt in the last moments he experienced before his retirement.

"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, yet so good, that maybe fans would be interested. It's an incredible feeling, like you're at some kind of funeral of your own same 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 an operation: you know what it feels like after having it that the end would be so rich in experiences," he analyzed.

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In the same interview with El País, Roger also spoke about his rival Rafael Nadal.

"I keep the photo taken with Nadal at the Laver Cup at home framed in a space where I have some photos of 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, our friendship and even rivalry, all in one image. It's a time when 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 turn our hobby into a dream profession.

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. I 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," he explained.

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