Looking back is not always a balance and Roger Federer reflected it in his last interview. The Swiss spoke of his beginnings as a starting point for a unmatched career in which each decision It wasn’t just passing the ball to the other side.
“I was playing against the wall, I was playing doubles with my parents, I was playing doubles with my friends… even then I realized that tennis was much more than just hitting a ball. He also played soccer as a child. I enjoyed it. When the time comes, I had to make a decision: soccer or tennis. Today I give thanks for having chosen tennis“, He says.
But nothing was easy and his absolute debut proves it even though there is no record of it: “The first tennis match I played, I lost 6-0 6-0. I heard some rumors from the local federation that maybe I was not as good as they thought I was. I kept training hard and started playing more tournaments and started to be successful as a junior, at least in my area. “
Even, the death of his mentor (When Federer was just starting out on the circuit) he could have been an obstacle and yet he was the least expected driver: “Peter died in a tragic car accident on his honeymoon in South Africa. The news shocked me and left me totally upset. Somehow it was like something woke up in me, like I’m changing gears and saying, ‘Well, I’m going to take tennis seriously and I’m going to maximize my potential. ‘ I didn’t want to be remembered as a wasted talent. I will never forget him and I will always miss him ”.
In that inability to stop time there is something the Swiss does not regret: “Everything feels like it’s going too fast. ‘You have to win tomorrow. You have to win today. ‘ Maybe you can spend more time with your friends or with your family and not looking back and thinking that you have missed many things or that you have sacrificed many others. I believe in healthy balance ”.
On the achievements and his legacy for future generations he did not avoid the message: “I really I don’t know why I had all the success I’ve ever had. Winning 20 Grand Slams is not someone’s goal. In Switzerland, in my world, nobody aspired to be number 1. You don’t dream so big because it doesn’t happen easily or quickly. If you feel passion for what you do, if you keep fighting, believing, if you are positive, if you surround yourself with the right people, if you go for it … you will reach the stars. Because there is something I firmly believe in and it is in do not waste your talent. If you give your maximum, at least you will not have regrets and if you look back, you will be able to feel proud of what you have achieved, “he says.