In an interview to Blick, Roger Federer recalled how the last weeks went for him. The Swiss player is coming from his loss to Borna Coric at the Rolex Shanghai Masters, which was a tiring tournament for him.
‘I am doing well‘, said Federer. ‘The Asian tour was extremely busy, but also extremely casual. There were my four children, obviously there were many things to do. I saw Tokyo again, we even visited Kyoto – I always wanted to do it.
And Shanghai is unbelievable. Every year there are new buildings, even higher, very good restaurants. Mirka was not there for ten years and she could not recognize it anymore.’ Did children like China? ‘They absolutely loved it.
They did a lot and were totally fascinated by everything. But now they have to be back to normality and find peace. This is extremely important for me.’ Speaking about his first appearances in Basel as a player, Federer said: ‘At the beginnings, I was a child as well.
At the time, my mum worked for a long time in the office of identity paper. At the junior tournament “Kid-Bear-Cup” it was about reaching the qualies against Marco Chiudinelli. Even at the time, everything was about tennis.’ Recalling his first memory as a player, Federer added: ‘Obviously my first qualies, that allowed me to play here for the first time in 1997.
I was 16 years old. I lost to Lorenzo Manta in the second round – in that moment the qualifying draw was bigger and not as strong as today.’ ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title .