Roger Federer: 'As a kid I used to play more on clay than anything else'

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Roger Federer: 'As a kid I used to play more on clay than anything else'

Roger Federer initially did not perform at his best when playing on clay. And yet the Swiss player grew up on clay, as he revealed in a recent interview. 'In the winter, I used to even practice indoors on clay in a balloon.

I used to play more on clay than anything else. In the summer, on clay. In the winter, on clay', said Federer. 'And I was 14 when I went to the Swiss National Tennis Center, and in the winter I used to play on fast indoors.

So I don't know why my clay court career started so badly.' Speaking about how he feels tennis-wise on clay, despite he has not been playing on that surface since 2015, Federer said: 'I am less sure of my game on clay.

I must always be cautious. I'm not completely relaxed. I believe it's normal, when you break, you're more relaxed. You make more winners, more aces. But on clay you have to play from the baseline, and I like to finish the point fast, so it changes a lot for me.

But for the time being, everything is going all right. I am not asking myself too many questions.' As a Swiss Federer speaks German and French. What about the third language of his country? Does he speak any Italian? 'I understand a little bit because it's not too far away from French.

But I don't know, never had really the chance to learn Italian. In school we had English and French. Then I went to the French-speaking part of Switzerland so I learned the French because I couldn't speak at all. Italian never really got close to me, so...

But I really think it's one of the most beautiful languages in the world. It's one I really would like to learn.' ALSO READ: David Ferrer: 'It will be my last US Open. Facing Rafael Nadal is a gift'