The most successful tennis player of all time does not think about quitting.
Will he win Wimbledon again? Will he be number 1 again? Or are the best times of Roger Federer (31) already in the past? Bild spoke exclusively at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle with the Swiss who is, with his 17 GS titles, the most successful tennis player of all times.
The interview got published in the Bild plus premium edition & was in German & you can read it here.
Here's my translation of the excerpts from the interview ------
Bild: Critics say that you are past your prime?
Roger Federer: What can I say about that? I make sure that this is not the case. It is important to stay calm, to follow your way and to go on working.
Bild: You haven’t won a tournament this year yet.
Federer : It’s true. But the first half of the season was still OK. I didn’t have a series of first round losses. But it hasn’t been super until now either. That’s why now I have a lot ahead of me. I expect a lot from myself in the coming months. It starts here in Halle and then I want to be brilliant at Wimbledon.
Bild: Can you become again number 1?
Federer : This is very difficult in the short term, I must be realistic. Maybe next year.
Bild: Nadal just won the Roland Garros for the 8th time. Are you afraid that he might win more GS titles than you?
Roger : No. Then he would have deserved it. The records are not what matters to me. I’m sure that my records will also get broken one day. Who is the best in the end, who has the most records is just irrelevant. But people speak about records and these debates are good for tennis.
Bild: You won Wimbledon 7 times. Do you still remember the first time?
Roger : Yes, I do. 10 years ago. It has always been my dream to win Wimbledon. Incredible images and emotions go through my mind when I think about it.
Bild: For example?
Roger : I was leading 6-2 in the TB of the 3rd set against the Australian Mark Philippousis. Then I knew: I can’t lose this anymore. Then I played serve and volley on a 2nd serve. He netted the return. I was a Wimbledon champion; I was suddenly on my knees. This was the moment when I could immortalize myself in tennis and as a Swiss.
Bild: Have you thought about the end of your career yet?
Roger Federer: Why should you quit only because you have achieved a lot? You don’t quit being a journalist when you still have fun doing it either. I am surprised how often I am asked this question.
Bild: Is Tommy Haas, who still plays world class tennis at 35, an inspiration for you?
Roger : To a certain degree, yes. I do hope that I will still feel fine at 35. I do have a lot of experience like Tommy and hope that this together with my talent will help me continue playing at top level for a long time. This season I practiced 6-7 weeks at home.
I haven’t been for such a longtime at home for 12 years. Then I really felt again like travelling with the family on the tour. We enjoyed packing. This was an important moment. It showed me that I am far from being satisfied (literally: ‘full’).
Bild: Did you expect Haas to play so strong again?
Roger : Tommy’s achievements are admirable. It’s just a cliche (myth) that he isn’t so quick and agile anymore. It all depends on your mind how much more you want to achieve. It’s nice that there’s somebody on the tour who exemplifies this.
Bild: Are today’s 30-year-olds the earlier 20-year-olds?
Roger : Yes, it is so. Players are fitter today and some who have quit too early regret it. Today many want to squeeze the lemon to the end . I think this is right.
Bild: You are behind Tiger Woods in the Forbes list of the richest athletes in the world. Is money important to you?
Roger : Not in particular. It’s much more important that you feel happy inside. I am happy that I have a privileged life and thus I can give a lot from what I receive to people who don’t have so much.
Bild: What will you do after the end of you career?
Roger : I want to do things in Switzerland and in tennis. My homeland and the sport have given me so much. My foundation is also a long term commitment. The end of my career won’t be a sudden step but rather a smooth transition. In addition I want to play senior tournaments. It won’t be a less busy time for me.
translated by Maria from rf.com - Katrin has typewritten the article ( thanks for the update Katrin! )
Edited by penabaza, 17 June 2013 - 11:09 PM.
translation info update