Roger Federer has been spotted in Ticino in recent days to shoot an advertising spot. The Swiss phenomenon, which took place for the second time in the right knee, will only return to the court at the beginning of 2021 thus giving up the second half of the season.
The professional circuit will resume in mid-August with the Washington tournament, which will be the prelude to the Cincinnati Masters 1000 and the US Open. In fact, there are still many doubts about the actual progress of the trip to the United States, thanks to the problem of quarantine and the high number of infections in the country.
Federer himself revealed that the USTA has decided to wait until the end of July to make a final decision. Interviewed by the German press in recent days, the former World number 1 also spoke of his idols when he was very young.
Federer on his role models
“I became a tennis player thanks to Boris Becker. I loved his style, even if my favorite was Stefan Edberg," Roger Federer said. "I admired Martina Hingis also when I was young, I really appreciated her prowess.
Michael Jordan is a sportsman who has always inspired me," Federer stated. "I have to watch The Last Dance (a Netflix documentary about the American star), I've heard a lot about it and I want to see it."
Roger Federer also revealed that the thought of filming snippets of his day-to-day life has crossed his mind on occasion. "I have sometimes thought of taking cameras that film my daily life, but it is not easy because I travel with family and I want to keep a little privacy."
What makes Federer’s late period even more impressive is that for nearly five years, between 2012 and 2017, he failed to win a slam, partly because of various back and knee injuries. The era when his racket played like a Stradivarius, and the American writer David Foster Wallace compared watching him to a religious experience, appeared over for good.
Yet the old dog learned some new tricks, including the SABR – the Sneak Attack By Roger – which involved Federer moving up the court to hit a half-volley on his opponent’s second serve – as well as improving his topspin backhand, to launch one of the great sporting comeback stories. For many, though, Federer’s greatness does not only come down to the numbers, but something more mystical.