Roger Federer: 'It has been key for me that I don’t chase the money'

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Roger Federer: 'It has been key for me that I don’t chase the money'

It is needless to deny that Roger Federer's career is getting closer to his conclusion. The Swiss phenomenon has been in the pits since last February, when he underwent the first knee surgery after the performance with Rafael Nadal in Cape Town in front of almost 52,000 spectators.

The rehabilitation did not go as one would have hoped, so much so that the 20-time Grand Slam champion had to undergo a new operation that will keep him still until the beginning of next season. The former World number 1 plans to take all the time to get back to 100%, as well as having already targeted Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

In a recent interview with The Times, Federer identified his wife Mirka as one of the secrets of the enormous success he has had during his career. It will be the most poignant moment in the tennis fraternity when Federer decides to hang his racquet.

Federer: 'I need those moments'

“I’m still very eager, very happy, very motivated," Roger Federer said. "But I feel like I need to be able to compete with the best, that I can still win big tournaments.

Like last year at Wimbledon, I was so close. I need those moments," Federer added. "If I start losing the second round every week, obviously I know my time has come up. I think it has been key for me that I don’t chase the money and just play any tournament possible," Federer stated.

"And then, of course, once you have family, everything changes. You start making compromises, you know what the priority is: the kids, the family and the wife and everything”. Federer is one of two tennis players in the Open Era to claim more than 100 ATP titles, and as a 38-year-old, he stills aspires to win more.

He shows no signs of retiring and continues to play the elegant form of tennis. But recently, the Swiss maestro pondered upon his date of departure from the beautiful sport. The 38-year-old from Basel was recently spotted in Ticino to shoot a promotional spot.

Many have noticed that Roger did not wear a mask and did not bother to respect social distancing, by signing autographs and having a long time with his fans. The attitude of many tennis players has been the subject of strong criticism during this pandemic period, also thanks to the uproar triggered by Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour.