US OPEN 2013
Federer's Love Shines Bright
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Through the ups and downs of Roger Federer’s prolific career, one thing has never faltered. His love for the game.
Federer attested following his first round win at the US Open that his passion for the game is as strong as ever, made even more evident by the challenges he’s encountered on court in recent months.
“Clearly when you win everything, it's fun,” he said. “That doesn't necessarily mean you love the game more. You just like winning, being on the front page, lifting trophies, doing comfortable press conferences. It's nice.
“But that doesn't mean you really actually love it, love it. That maybe shines through maybe more in times when you don't play that well. For me, I knew it, winning or losing, practice court or match court, that I love it.”
Federer briefly questioned that passion four years ago with the birth of his twin daughters, but shared that his doubts were unfounded.
“Clearly when I had my two girls, I also wasn't sure right off the bat how it was going to be after that,” he said. “Was I going to be able to play the same schedule? Was my love for the game as big? Were we going to be able to cope with the whole thing, having twins or not?
“[I] managed it totally fine. They were at the court today. I'm so happy to see them before and after the match. I'm in a good spot right now. I want to enjoy it as long as it lasts.”
Federer elaborated on the life experiences and lessons Charlene Riva and Myla Rose have gained through travelling with him on the ATP World Tour.
“I think they're learning as we go along automatically, just getting to meet so many different people, cities and countries and languages, places and travels. I think just by travelling by itself, it's unbelievable how much you learn. Being more independent. I'm still learning still today, I feel, even though I know my way pretty much around, what works, what doesn't work.”