Roger Federer: 'Try to play as long as possible and enjoy yourself'

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Roger Federer: 'Try to play as long as possible and enjoy yourself'
Roger Federer: 'Try to play as long as possible and enjoy yourself' (Provided by Tennis World USA)

The last official appearance of Roger Federer dates back to the semifinal of the Australian Open against Novak Djokovic, who underwent two operations on his right knee, closing his 2020 very early. Also thanks to the delicate global situation due to the pandemic, former world number 1 has decided to take care of his body avoiding forcing his return and spending a lot of time with his family.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has resumed training at full capacity for more than a month, looking forward to his return to the field at the 2021 Australian Open in about two months. In fact, according to the latest rumors, the Happy Slam should start on February 8 to allow players to arrive in Australia and carry out the two weeks of mandatory quarantine.

The main goals of the Swiss - who will turn 40 in August next year - will be Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. In an interview with Courts Mag, the 39-year-old from Basel revealed what he would have advised himself when he was younger.

This year, the Swiss had to suffer the hook of Rafael Nadal at 20 Grand Slams, after the Spaniard won Roland Garros for the 13th time.

Federer reveals what he thinks his 50-year-old version would advise him

“Try your best to learn quick, I think learning quick and not making the same mistakes, a million times will be good,” Roger Federer said.

“And then trust your coach, trust your, your place to train and all and then really get stuck into the details. Because I do believe at the very top or on the tour on professional tour, it's the details that make the difference”.

In the same interview, Roger Federer was also asked to guess what advice his 50-year-old self would pass on to his current version. The Swiss was quick to respond that his older self would ask him to enjoy his tennis for a few more years on the tour.

“He would tell me play for a few more years,” Federer said. “I was like, come on, Roger. Try to play as long as possible and enjoy yourself. I hope that's what he would say." Now coming to the present, Federer reached the 2020 Australian Open semifinal but was comfortably defeated by Novak Djokovic.

Then the coronavirus pandemic caused a tennis outage and Federer announced the surprising news of two knee surgeries and that ended his 2020 season. Now things are falling into place like it did in 2017, and that is why his 2021 comeback is very much awaited.

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