Stopped by the defeat in Doha against Basilashvili, Roger Federer is preparing the season on clay, which in this way seems like a dense schedule but for him it means only two tournaments: the home tournament in Geneva, which begins on May 16, and especially Roland Garros , Grand Slam event where he won only once, in 2009.
Hardly at the age of 40, which will turn next August, the Swiss champion will be able to flesh out his Parisian palmarès: Federer’s real goal is to regain condition in view of the beloved Wimbledon tournament where he dreams of placing one last paw.
The other appointment he cares about a lot is that of the Tokyo Olympic Games, but to be competitive in both tournaments he will really have to draw on everything he has left in the tank. Years pass also for the champions and after all Federer’s last season was marked by two operations on his right knee: the first in February after the Australian Open and another in June to clean up the joint.
Now the Swiss is giving it all, as shown in the video posted on Instagram, but the road appears to be uphill. If the name of Roger Federer was not written on the identity card of that almost 40-year-old from Basel, many would already give it to him, but when it comes to a sports legend, anything is possible.
Meanwhile, in order not to miss anything, the tennis player recorded a commercial with Robert De Niro, as ambassador of ‘Switzerland Tourism’
Hefti speaks about Roger Federer
Roger Federer recently starred in an advertisement for Switzerland Tourism along with legendary Hollywood star Robert de Niro.
The commercial, meant to accelerate tourism growth in Switzerland, has grabbed a fair few eyeballs already. Now, the creative heads behind the film – Andre Hefti and Livio Dainese – have revealed some interesting anecdotes about Roger Federer and Robert de Niro from the shoot.
“Robert de Niro is a reserved person but has a lot of humor,” Andre Hefti said. “And can laugh at himself. The idea obviously suited him. He also values Roger Federer very much and just wanted to do this with him.”
According to Dainese, Federer exceeded expectations with his performance, while the American was his usual vintage self. “Roger Federer is exactly the down-to-earth guy you would expect,” Livio Dainese said. “Simply a nice person who is also incredibly talented and successful.
I was impressed by Roger’s acting and his desire to try things out. And on the other hand Robert De Niro, who was already very good on the first take, but then improved again from take to take. Impressive.”