Roger Federer has always shown great admiration for all the great tennis players of the past. The former World number 1 has repeatedly praised the greatness of Bjorn Borg, who became the captain of Team Europe in the Laver Cup.
Speaking to ZEIT magazine, the 20-time Grand Slam champion expressed gratitude for everything that Bjorn Borg did for tennis.
Federer on Bjorn Borg
"I only understood later what Bjorn Borg meant for the sport," the Swiss maestro said.
"He was one of the first to receive sponsorship. He was one of the first people to stand for pop culture in tennis, I think he was for a time the second most famous person in the world after the Pope," Roger Federer added.
Federer is the first tennis player to reach No. 1 on Forbes' list of the highest-paid athletes in the world. "My manager told me that Forbes called: 'Apparently you're number one.' Then I think: 'Oh God, no, does that have to be?'" Federer stated.
"We are also in entertainment. Today I see that much more clearly than before: It's not just about me. People come from far away, they give time, they give money to see you play. It is extremely important that they get their money's worth," he added.
On 29 May 2020 Federer topped Forbes' 2020 List of the World's Highest Paid Athletes with $106.3 million in total earnings from salary, winnings and endorsements. Federer is every year on this list, inside the top-10 or top-5, but never on the top spot, before.
This year is the first time Roger Federer has ranked atop Forbes's annual list. He surpassed sports legends like, 2.Cristiano Ronaldo (football - $105m), 3. Lionel Messi (football - $104m), 4. Neymar (football - $95.5m), 5.
LeBron James (basketball - $88.2m), 6. Stephen Curry (basketball - $74.4m), 7. Kevin Durant (basketball - $63.9m), 8. Tiger Woods (golf - $62.3m), 9. Kirk Cousins (american football - $60.5m), 10. Carson Wentz (american football - $59.1m), and many more great sports persons.
Federer has been in Switzerland since having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee five months ago, a little before the tennis tour shut down during the coronavirus pandemic, and underwent another procedure on the knee a month ago.
But the 38-year-old appeared in an online sponsor event for his new shoe company, On, talking about what he's been doing.