Roger Federer is still recovering from the double operation on his right knee which will keep him still until the beginning of next season. The Swiss phenomenon, which has only played in the Australian Open this year, has decided to take all the time it needs to get back in top shape when 2021 begins.
The former World number 1 has already targeted Wimbledon and the Olympics in Tokyo, postponed until next year because of the Coronavirus emergency. During the launch of his limited edition sneakers called 'The Roger' in Zurich, the 20-time Grand Slam champion answered many questions from fans.
The 38-year-old from Basel said he was able to spend more than 5-6 weeks at his home in Switzerland for the first time in 25 years.
Federer on his favorite nickname
"It's the first time I have been in Switzerland for this long because of the pandemic," Roger Federer said.
"I have been travelling for the last 25 years. The longest I have been at home (during this period) is probably 5-6 weeks. Here we are, 4-5 months in, we are still in Switzerland. Enjoying myself," he stated. "The life quality has been great.
It is the summer now. People are happy now that they can actually go outside. It's been nice for us as a family as well. I have spent a lot of time rehabbing, being on crutches, recovering from the surgery, just taking it step by step.
I must say I am feeling much better already again. (But) I am not at the level that I can play tennis fully yet. I think the goal is really to be ready for next year," he added. Roger Federer then talked about which nickname was his favorite.
"I have had a lot of nicknames during my career. One of them was Dark Federer. It was because of the dark outfit, not the character. People know I am a friendly guy, nice guy, but I am not the evil guy." The Swiss Maestro also revealed his second most favorite sport and his favorite player in that sport.
"He wants me to say cricket is my second favorite sport and Sachin Tendulkar to be my favorite player," Federer said. "I love cricket but it is not my second best. I will probably go with football and Zinedine Zidane.
He is not around (playing) any more. So I will go to basketball and pick LeBron James. I have met Michael Jordan," Federer said. "He was more for a hero for me growing up like Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg and Pete Sampras.
He was one of those iconic idols for me that I looked up to. I was very excited to meet Michael Jordan. I always love meeting other athletes. Jordan was different because I looked up to him so much and he was just so smooth. I knew him from the TV and the press. Everything about him was just easy-going, relaxed and controlled. I like that about him."