On the occasion of the 17th anniversary of his first success in Wimbledon, Roger Federer launched his new line of walking shoes called 'The Roger' in a limited edition. During the promotional event, the Swiss phenomenon took advantage of this to talk about numerous topics related to tennis and beyond.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has only played in the Australian Open this year, before undergoing a double surgery on his right knee that will keep him still until the start of next season. The former World number 1 has in fact already targeted Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, both of which were blurred in 2020 due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus emergency.
Many people wonder if 2021 could represent the last year of a simply unrepeatable career.
Federer on the Olympics
The Swiss started out by describing what a great day looks like for him. "I guess there are two ways to look at it - winning Wimbledon or winning one of the big matches, or doing nothing.
Just staying with the family, having no plans, waking up to a cup of coffee, meeting up with friends, seeing my parents and family and at the end seeing a nice sunset. Simple stuff" - Roger Federer said. He also talked about the Olympics: "Obviously, it has been a great disappointment for all athletes that the Olympics got postponed.
Now we are hopeful that it is going to happen next year. You cannot be sure, with the pandemic at the moment. I hope for the best. My goal, it is, to be at the Olympics, For me, it's always been an incredible story. Back in 2000, the first one I went to, I was 18-19 years old.
I met my girlfriend, my wife today, there. I finished fourth, very close to the medals. That was a great success anyhow. In 2004 and 2008, Athens and Beijing, I carried the flag for Switzerland, which is one of the great honours you can get as an athlete to represent your country on that stage.
I have also won the Olympic gold with Stan Wawrinka, my friend, in the doubles. That was amazing. In 2012, I got the silver in singles at Wimbledon in London, losing to Andy Murray. Of course, that was an amazing experience. Unfortunately in 2016, I missed Rio because of my knee surgery.
This year, we know what happened. I am hopeful for next year. I love going to Tokyo; it's a wonderful place. I would love to go there. I hope the Olympics takes place (there next year)."