Roger Federer rarely shows up in Swiss public streets in Zurich where he lives. Last month the Swiss player had a photoshoot with Mercedes-Benz on the street and fans were watching him around taking also photos with Federer, who appreciates their support a lot.
'Here almost everyone knows who I am but they are always calm', the Swiss said in a recent press conference. 'There was a time of my life when I tried not to make myself get recognized from other people.
I went to the supermarket wearing sunglasses, hat, scarf. Almost like it happens in movies! It was a short time to be honest because I was not that comfortable with it.' The writer David Foster Wallace described seeing Federer as a "religious experience".
Can it be stressful? 'Obviously. Especially because I am aware that it will last until I am able to win. One day even my figure will not be so much at the centre of attention.' Is he worried by it? 'No. I worked with Stefan Edberg and he was my idol since I was a kid.
Now he is my coach. He releases just a few interviews, he does not feature in advertisements. His life is much less stressful now. I find it a good thing and in the future, I imagine my life just like this.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title