Roger Federer: 'You have to love chocolate if you’re...'

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In these first months of 2021, fans had the opportunity to admire Roger Federer for a very short time. The Swiss phenomenon returned to Doha a couple of months ago reaching the quarter-finals, but then decided to take a further break to refine his condition.

With the intention of putting games in the legs before Wimbledon, the former world number 1 has chosen to play two tournaments on red, namely the ATP in Geneva and Roland Garros. The last participation of the 20-time Grand Slam champion in the French Open dates back to the 2019 edition, when he hit the semi-finals by losing in three sets to eternal rival Rafael Nadal.

The 39-year-old from Basel has repeatedly reiterated that his ambitions will be directed towards the Championships and the Tokyo Olympics, but the next appointments will be useful to observe the progress of the King. Meanwhile, Roger has embarked on the path of new tourism ambassador in Switzerland.

In a conversation about 'Zoom' with the New York Times, Federer revealed which foods in his country he loves the most.

Roger Federer loves all kinds of chocolates

Asked if chocolates are a big part of his culinary cravings, the eight-time Wimbledon champion said, “I mean, chocolate, hello, you have to love chocolate if you’re Swiss.

I used to be white, then I was milk, and now I even like going dark. I like it all. Then I like the Bündner Nusstorte, which is like a nut tart from the region of Graubünden. That’s beautiful,” Roger Federer said.

The Swiss added that Cordon bleu, a crispy and creamy meat delicacy, is also one that features high on his wish list when it comes to eating. “And then, of course, there’s rösti, a potato fritter dish. We have a dish called Zürcher Geschnetzeltes that’s like minced meat with a mushroom sauce, and I love to eat cordon bleu — that’s beautiful, too,” Federer said.

Tennis Channel recently invited four-time Major winner Jim Courier and 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick to discuss Roger Federer's prospects in the clay season. "If you're a Roger Federer fan, which most of us are, fitness is going to be the biggest factor for him going forward because he won't lose his artistry with the racket," Courier said.

"He just might not be in position to hit many great shots if his fitness isn't there." The American went on to claim that everyone is in the dark about Roger Federer's fitness issues, and that nobody knows whether he'll be able to switch from the best-of-3 format to the more arduous best-of-5 format.

"If we're concerned about the fitness also, what kind of fitness questions are they? Is it the question of health, is it whether he's behind in cardio and working for best-of-five..." Courier said. "Well, we don't have that info. But it's worrisome, no doubt about it."

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