Acapulco's Mexican Open has been trying to bring Roger Federer in the event for years, but the mission has not been accomplished yet. The Swiss considers the Dubai Open as a priority for him. Speaking in Mexico City where he played an exhibition match on Saturday against Alexander Zverev, the Basel native said: "It's tough for me.
It's the same week as Dubai, which is my home for the last 15 years, the family is there, so it's hard for me. I played there for so many years, this year I got my 100th career-title on the ATP Tour in Dubai so I am very connected to that tournament, I do not know how I can come back to Acapulco except for an exhibition match, because it seems it will not change in the next few years and that's unfortunately quite difficult."
Federer was also asked about his greatest wins: "I had a lot of good ones, thankfully. For me to beat Pete Sampras at Wimbledon on Centre Court was significant for my belief, for everything what happened. I think the Australian Open final against Rafa, especially the last 25 minutes, that was something extremely special.
And then also the Olympic doubles gold with Stan." Federer concluded: "I think everything what happened after beating the all time Grand Slam record at 2009 Wimbledon against Andy Roddick came as a bonus, including the weeks as a number one. Anyways, I try not to think about my retirement because the more I think about it, the sooner I feel it happens."