Roger Federer: 'French Open fans touched me'

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Roger Federer: 'French Open fans touched me'

Roger Federer spoke about his schedule for the 2020 season. The Basel native said: "I picked the tournaments that make me and my family happy. I met my wife Mirka at the Olympics 2000 and I want my children to visit Japan.

As for the French Open, it's a bit different even if it's the closest Grand Slam to my home. This year I was able to play on clay without making my game getting damaged on grass. That was crucial. Most of all, the Parisean crowd gave me an unbelievable welcome, which really touched me, like if they saw me for the first time...

it's true that I had not played the French Open for several years. But if it is like I never came there?" Federer was also asked if he ever played in Alsazia: "I did not play there. But I grew near there and I must have played two, three tournaments in Mulhouse.

When I was younger I played more in Switzerland and Germany." Federer also recalled his early memories in Basel: “I remember playing the qualifying here in 1997 and then my first [main draw] wild card here the next year, playing Andre Agassi.

Who would have thought that I’d go on to have this kind of career? I remember being heartbroken losing my first final here in five sets (to Thomas Enqvist in 2000), but now there’s been another 14 since. I’m just so pleased to have made it to the final again”.