At 39 and full of a glory that no one else has had, fresh from a lockdown that forced him to stop and think, engaged in the management of a physique that begins to make you hear some creaking, Roger Federer looks up beyond the horizon of this suspended time and sees - for the first time - the friendly curve of an avenue of sunset that is waiting for him.
The question at this point is: who will take his place? The ATP ranking says that Nole Djokovic is number 1 today, followed by Rafa Nadal. The Serbian is 33, Nadal 34. They can overthrow Federer (now number 4), but they can't guarantee such a long reign: theirs will still be an interlude.
To find King Roger's successor, one must look to another generation. Which leads straight to the names of the Austrian Dominic Thiem (26 years old, number 3 Atp, already a good experience in the Slam finals), to the promising albeit immature Stefanos Tsitsipas (the Greek occupies the sixth position) or to Alexander Zverev, but the German of Russian origin, although extremely talented, at 23 he risks remaining an eternal promise.
Federer has been with the Swiss bank Credit Suisse. In the view of their long-standing partnership, Federer collaborated with Credit Suisse to give his words of wisdom around success and what decisions he took during his career that has made him what he is now.
Federer on his retirement
“It all started very early at the age of 11 I decided to pursue tennis. I made it my purpose at 14. If I could go back and tell my younger self then that all the loneliness and isolation would be worth it.
But I also think the situation gave me the drive to succeed, sometimes the first steps in a new direction are uncomfortable and having the confidence to do so is something that is so important for success, it’s not always success though along the way you will face ups and downs”.
Roger Federer said. “You need to have the ability to be comfortable with failure and to learn from it. 2001 was that for me and it did make me question whether I had missed my chance coming back two years later and win my first Grand Slam at Wimbledon really showed me how important a positive mindset was,” he added.
Federer wants to bring in a positive change in society. “Looking back to when I founded the Roger Federer foundation despite only being 22 and still with a lot to prove. I knew I wanted to use my position for positive change”.
At the end of the video, Federer spoke about retirement. “I get asked a lot about retirement and I know I cannot play tennis forever but it is something special to do something well in life. It is such a great time at the moment in my career,” he said.