In an interview with the Swiss media in Dubai, Roger Federer was asked if he knew how his followers react to his most important matches, such as the 2017 final against Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open.
“I realized how much the 2017 final in Australia against Rafael Nadal impacted people.
Because it was a victory and everyone was talking to me about it. But they avoid coming to the subject of defeats. No doubt they do not want to awaken bad memories. They don't know how much I am still affected and don't want to open the scar, if there is one,” the 38-year-old said.
“People don't talk about the 2019 Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic, so I don't really realize how much this match left its mark. I have an idea, obviously, especially through its storytelling maintained by the press… And then, I immediately knew that the final was incredible, that its frame with match points would give it a dimension that would interest beyond tennis.
I was aware of that at the time, like Melbourne 2017 or the Wimbledon 2008 final against Rafa. I was aware of the importance of these matches for tennis in general. But I probably don't really take the measure of its echo because people want to protect me.
It’s an interesting phenomenon,” he concluded. Federer is set to play the AO Rally for Relief, an exhibition that will be held on January 15th to raise money for the bushfires victims. Other stars including Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Nick Kyrgios, and Caroline Wozniacki will also take part in the charity event.