Is it beautiful to be Roger Federer? In an interview to NRC, earlier this year during the Rotterdam Open, where he won the title defeating Grigor Dimitrov and becoming world No. 1 again, the Swiss player answered this intriguing question. 'Yeah, I think so.
It's a very busy and exciting life. I meet a lot of people. But if I do not want, or if I do not want to play tournaments, I can do it. My life is very flexible. I have the ability to make people happy playing. There are not many jobs that make you reach so many people.
That's a great privilege.' Asked if he feels nostalgia thinking about the past, Federer replied: 'A little bit. Old times were good times. But then everyone retired; Sampras, Agassi, Moya, Henman, Krajicek, Kafelnikov.
I knew that generation from TV. They are the reason why I started playing. If this goes away, you feel that you are losing something. I still miss them. I had to re-calibre and say: it's emotional to play against my generation, Roddick, Hewitt, Ferrero, Safin.
And then you think: it's beautiful to play against the next generation because they are so talented: look at how Djokovic movement, look at Rafa's topspin, Murray's creativity.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title