Roger Federer reveals how he’s learning from Alexander Zverev and Stefan Tsitsipas. Roger Federer, now 37, remains among the top draws in the sport and has won three of the last of the last nine Grand Slams.
His last however came at last year’s Australian Open, where he defended the title to win his 20th event on tour.
He has been unable to keep up with Novak Djokovic who now holds three of the four slams – and goes into the French looking to hold all four.
And Federer thinks it will be impossible for him to get back to world No 1, after dropping down to sixth having lost in the first week of the Australian Open.
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He was beaten in the semi-finals of the ATP Tour Finals in London by young gun Alexander Zverev before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Melbourne at the round of 16.
And now the Swiss superstar admits he’s learning from those guys – and hopes they can inspire him to even bigger things.
“Young people, they try to hit, even if they walk once in 15,” he said in an interview with RTS (Radio Television Switzerland).
“They can take crazy risks, it makes them very dangerous, I try to stay young in the head. there.”
Federer is playing the Dubai Tennis Championship later this month after a break following the Australian Open.
He then heads to the US to play Indian Wells and the Miami Open before a return to Roland Garros for the French Open.
And he’s excited about his chances despite the continuos domination of Rafael Nadal on clay.
“I think you need a little bit of luck, good numbers, you have to start well,” he said.
“There is a long way to go. I play more for pleasure, but let’s see what happens.
“In this way, I can play without pressure.”
Federer was asked about French tennis fans wishing he was French, but knocked it back only admitting he loved the country.
“I do not know, but what I love about France is that everyone in one way or another is connected with tennis,” Federer added.
“They love tennis. When I go there, I have many fans and supporters.
“The victory at Roland-Garros in 2009 was one of the biggest of my career.”