In an interview, Roger Federer recalled his maiden French Open title in 2009. The Swiss revealed an interesting thing about his father Robert's health condition. "It's an interesting story. Before that, I had won a lot and I understood that very often your life goes on like a film in front of your eyes.
You win a tournament, you go to a press conference, a little photo and you have to think about the next air flight because there is a match within two days. They ask you, Do you still want a champagne glass? Yeah, okay. But be fast...
Since 2007 I started telling myself I needed to take a bit of time. And in 2009, when I won the French Open especially there, taking time was necessary. That day my father was sick, he was dealing with a fever and could not get to the stadium.
He watched the match in his hotel room, so when I won, I asked if it was possible to take the cup because I had fought so hard, that meant so much to me, my family, my fans. I needed to taste that moment that may not get repeated again.
So they allowed me to take my cup at night, so I could show it to my father. He was in bed, he was not doing well when I knocked on his door and I told him, Look what I brought you, it was amazing. I still remember the moment.
It touched me a lot. Then the cup stayed close to me and the day after, when I woke up, it was still there. That's why we play, for those emotions, to feel the noise of the stadium. When I think about it, it's what I feel, the fans who back me to win this Maiden French Open. After all those years, being able to lift this trophy was magical. Very emotional."