In the latest edition of the Tennis Podcast, former ATP number 9 Marc Rosset revealed that Roger Federer was not very prone to sacrifice at the beginning of his career: on the contrary, the Swiss Master was very lazy. “I still remember the first time I trained with Roger Federer.
He was the great promise of Swiss tennis and it was clear that he had immense talent, but in reality he was very lazy. When you are young and you train with a Tour veteran, you tend to be nervous and stressed because you want to be noticed.
Roger walked out onto the track like he didn’t care at all. I have to admit that I was very surprised by his attitude.” In an interview with Express Sport, Alex Corretja reflected on the possibility of the Swiss Master commenting on Wimbledon: “I think it’s very nice to have former players, because they can contribute a lot in the comments.
They have had unique experiences and can tell the viewers about them. I don’t know if Roger Federer will comment on the matches or if he will do post-match analysis, but it’s not that important. It will undoubtedly be special to see a legend like Roger in this new facet.
We are talking about a unique champion, who marked the history of tennis. I hope it’s used wisely, it wouldn’t make sense for him to comment on matches for eight hours a day.” Roger Federer had the ability to transcend tennis, also becoming a source of inspiration for champions of other disciplines.
The Swiss has had a gigantic impact on tennis, which he has brought to an endless number of fans and sponsors. The former ATP number 1’s career ended in September last year, when he played his last doubles with Rafael Nadal in the Laver Cup.
The public at the O2 Arena in London paid him a splendid tribute and some images went viral, such as Nadal’s tears and the emotion of the rest of the players. The 20-time Grand Slam champion did everything possible to be able to take one last turn, but the ailments in his right knee led him to say enough was enough at the age of 41.
Nakajima opens up on King Roger
The end of Roger Federer’s association with Nike, back in 2018, was not the healthiest one. “Roger Federer belonged with Nike for the rest of his career. Just like Michael Jordan. Like LeBron James, like Tiger Woods.
He’s right up there with the all-time greatest Nike athletes ever. Nike is still selling millions and millions of pairs of Jordans. When’s the last time Michael played? It’s been many, many years. They could have done the same thing for Roger. For years to come, they could have created shoes with an RF logo,” he explained.