Since January 1999 for more than seventeen years, Roger Federer has never been forced to skip a single Grand Slam presence. Here the delicate balance of this last phase of the Swiss career emerges: the success of his project and the survival of his stellar ranking depend on the results in the big tournaments today.
Although it is not always easy to live up to your youthful choices, especially when the weather seems less and less.
Federer on high pressure in senior tennis
In a recent video for Tennis Europe, Roger Federer had a small message for all the youngsters who are playing on the Junior tour.
“Hello, Tennis Europe junior tour, I also used to play there for many years, so hello to all the kids seeing this video, I wish you all the best, good luck. When you come back after the Coronavirus, hope you guys stay safe and healthy.
When you do come back you’re so hungry, so eager to go back on the tour, and remember to enjoy that part of the Junior tour, it was one of my favorites because not that pro tour isn’t as much fun but it’s definitely more serious, there’s more pressure.
So enjoy the Junior tour, I wish you all the best, happy birthday, I’ll see you all soon. Take care everybody!” Federer’s main accomplishments as a junior player came at Wimbledon, where, in 1998, he won both the singles tournament over Irakli Labadze, in straight sets, and the doubles with Olivier Rochus, over the team of Michaël Llodra and Andy Ram, also in straight sets.
In addition, Federer was a runner-up at the US Open Junior tournament in 1998, losing the final to David Nalbandian. Federer would go on to win four other junior singles tournaments in his career. As a junior, Federer was also known as a “hot head” on court which is distinct from his adult image of cool and calm, and being a great on-court role model.
The Swiss Maestro has huge popularity in the world of sport, to the point that he has been called a living legend in his own time. Given his achievements, Federer is widely considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time, with many players and analysts considering him to be the greatest tennis player of all time.
He has also been called the greatest athlete of his generation. Tennis.com listed him as the greatest male player of the open era. No other male tennis player has won 20 major singles titles in the Open Era, and he has been in 31 major finals, including 10 in a row.
He has held the world No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for longer than any other male player. He was ranked No. 1 at the age of 36 and has won a record eight Wimbledon titles. He won five consecutive US Open titles, which is the most in the Open Era.