The former world No. 26 and TV commentator Claudio Mezzadri spoke about Roger Federer's feelings heading into the Basel's Swiss Indoors. Mezzadri has a close relationship with the Swiss and several months ago he revealed some interesting things about his relationship with the Basel native.
Mezzadri said: "I can just say he is here to win. He comes from Asia with a big desire to have success. In Shanghai he was beaten for the fourth time out of seven matches by Alexander Zverev. Forgetting that loss must not have been easy but great champions have the ability to re-find energies and ultimate motivation.
Even the exhibition matches are useful, also in countries where he doesn't play so often like Asia and South America. And just playing them shows how much passion Roger still has for tennis." On Federer announcing that he will play the French Open and Tokyo Olympic Games next year, Mezzadri added: "Over a few days Roger confirmed he wants to play all the Grand Slams and Olympics too.
But he will have to make some choices, despite he is doing great physically, especially about the other tournaments." Mezzadri concluded: "What surprises me the most, and in the same time makes me happy, is the thing connected to the entertainment.
Roger still likes a lot the Tour. He enjoys training, entertains with media and keeps travelling without any issue." Federer will open his run in Basel against a qualifier. He could meet his compatriot Stan Wawrinka, who rarely went far in the tournament, in the quarters.