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'