Roger Federer spoke about Rafael Nadal getting married to his longtime girlfriend in Mallorca on Saturday. Some people expected the Spaniard to invite the Swiss and his wife Mirka but it did not happen. "I was not invited and I did not expect it", said Federer.
"That's not a problem at all. I congratulated him on his wedding day and I did not expect him to reply. I knew he had better things to do. Like celebrating in a big way. I am happy to see him and ask him how it went."
On the several younger players triumphing in Masters 1000s, Federer added: "They are slowly coming. Daniil Medvedev at the US Open. Zverev, Rublev, Khachanov." On what means for him to start his run in Basel on Monday, so early in the tournament, Federer said: "The preparation is a bit less longer.
But if you win, you have more time after. That's why the beginning is very important. This time I came back later from Asia because of my exhibition in Tokyo, but my desire was to play here on Monday. The problem was that I did not know until Saturday if I really played on Monday.
If, for example, I faced a Moscow tournament finalist. But now I am focused for Monday." On Basel tournament, Federer concluded: "My goal was to have a contract that could work until the end of my career. We signed it some years ago.
For me it was clear that I would play here every year. It's official. I gave my appearance fee to the Foundation for years."