What's Roger Federer's biggest achievement in his 20-year career? The Swiss tried to give the answer. "Maybe is winning Wimbledon in 2003 and then becoming world No. 1 at the beginning of 2004. It was like the ultimate achievement for me and that's where it all started", said Federer, who also opened up on the secrets behind his longevity: "It's not just talent, it's hard work.
I enjoy winning, I enjoy playing, maybe I do not show that but I have that feeling", he admitted, adding that he wished he could have realized his enormous potential earlier in his professional journey. French Open is the Grand Slam tournament where he won less, "just" one title in 2009 defeating the Swede Robin Soderling in a straight-set final.
Rafael Nadal's coach Carlos Moya believes that if the Spaniard was not there, the Basel native would have triumphed multiple times. "He is a player who would have won the French Open many times if there wasn't Nadal.
Federer played several finals on clay and he always struggled against Rafa. It's a very natural surface for him", admitted Moya who has been working with the world No. 2 since the end of the 2016 season. Andy Roddick shared what makes the Big Three unique: "They are different than me, they are the best in history.
I think I was just a good player. I think that to stay at the top... you see a lot of players getting closer, very talented ones, but mentally they come and go. Some weeks it goes bad, or they do not manage to go far in the Grand Slams. It's difficult to keep the mindset. You need to be very good, of course, but consistent in your mind."