Roger Federer: 'I always love meeting other athletes'

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Roger Federer: 'I always love meeting other athletes'

Roger Federer took advantage of the long suspension due to Coronavirus to continue his recovery process from the double operation on his right knee. The Swiss phenomenon will not return to the court before the beginning of 2021, after having played only the Australian Open and the charity performance with Rafael Nadal in South Africa this year.

To celebrate the launch of his new custom sneakers called 'The Roger', the 20-time Grand Slam champion took the time to answer some questions from fans. The former World number 1 will hunt for the ninth title at Wimbledon and a medal at the Tokyo Olympics, postponed to next year due to the global pandemic.

Many are wondering if 2021 will be the last season of the Swiss, which will turn 39 in a few days. In addition to having collected countless successes during his career, Roger has had the merit of expressing an elegant style that has guaranteed him the incessant cheering of fans in every corner of the globe.

The 38-year-old from Basel is also followed and admired by colleagues from other disciplines.

Federer on his favorite athletes

“It is the first time that I have been in Switzerland for so long. I have traveled for the past 25 years.

The most that I have been at home during those years has probably been about 4 or 5 weeks. Now I have been almost five months, having a great time" - Roger Federer explained. He also had time to discuss the status of his injury.

“I have spent a lot of time recovering from the operation, on crutches and in rehabilitation, going step by step. Now I feel much better, but I'm still not at the level of being able to play tennis to the fullest.

The goal is to be ready for next year." Federer also revealed his favorite nickname: “I've had many nicknames. One of the ones I liked the most was 'Dark Federer', because of my dark kits, not because of my character.

I'm a nice guy, I'm not bad, “said Roger. About his second favorite sport and his favorite player in it, Roger stayed with football and with Zinedine Zidane, Although when asked by an active athlete, he opted for LeBron James and basketball.

He was a hero like Boris Becker was, Stefan Edberg and Pete Sampras. I admired him. I was very nervous when I met him, I always love meeting other athletes. But with Jordan it was different, because he was one of my idols, “said the Swiss tennis player, who hopes to recover his best level for the start of next season and get his twenty-one Grand Slam."