At 21 years of age, Roger Federer's mindset changed. The Swiss player understood he needed to be professional on every aspect in order to compete for as long as possible and to give himself the best shot in events. 'I think I had a long process of getting my mental strength going,' Federer said speaking to Credit Suisse.
'It took me almost three years, a good three years to figure myself out on a court. How am I happy, I always call it the fire and ice situation. The fire wanting to win, being excited after a good point and the ice coolness of accepting losses, accepting bad shots, the crowd, the tough circuit, the circumstances. 'And I think I found the right balance after three years on Tour and I looked into the long term, I hoped to play for 15-20 years and I just decided that I was gonna act that way and behave that way on a tennis court, so I would never lose matches because of my mental strength.
I think I was able to achieve that. Of course I still get nervous, of course sometimes I still don't play very well but I can trust myself and it's been really interesting to look at my evolution.' Federer is currently enjoying holidays at an undisclosed location with his family and will soon start training again.