In addition to his countless successes, Roger Federer managed to give the impression that his tennis was so natural that it seemed almost simple. The Swiss phenomenon has an unlimited arsenal of shots, which often allows it to challenge its opponents who are unable to react in the face of the variety of the former number 1 in the world.
During the presentation of his new shoe line, an Indian fan asked King Roger what it feels like to enter 'in the zone' With this expression, it is customary to indicate the moment in which a player manages to put together (at the same time) all the pieces of his game.
A feeling that the 20-time Grand Slam champion has often experienced during his glorious career.
Federer on what it means to be 'in the zone'
"Good question. You always hear about the zone, that it exists in our sport.
I feel like I have been in the zone a few times. When I am in the zone, everything for me happens in slow motion, and for my opponent, everything happens in real time. You almost feel like you have more time, you are more serene, more relaxed.
You are not in a hectic state. For me it happens, not to be in that crazy amazing zone where you see the tennis ball like a football. You feel the ball naturally. You know it's time to be in the zone when the crowd gets into it" - Roger Federer explained.
The former World number 1 said that playing on Centre Court at Wimbledon is unique. "That's why playing at Centre Court has a very special atmosphere. The crowd is for you or against you, it almost doesn't matter.
You go in like a bubble and focus all the way. For me, if you are a big-match player and you like to be in the big stages, you want to be in that place, you want to go into that zone. That also really sums up the difference between a really really great player and a medium player."
For many, though, Federer’s greatness does not only come down to the numbers, but something more mystical. You see it in the balletic grace of his movement and those impossibly high-tariff ground strokes; and how he makes the outrageous appear effortless.
You see it in the symphonic variety of his play and how in an era of baseline grunters he is also a wizard at the net; using his racket as a wand as well as a weapon.