The talk they had Gustavo Kuerten and Roger Federer gave a lot. If we recently collected some of those fragments, the Swiss also had time to assess what a stage without victories in Grand Slam (2013-2016) was and how he has always been seen as a player who did not seem to try or try in his defeats. A couple of very interesting topics, covered in first person by the champion of 20 Grand Slam titles.
– About a time without great Grand Slam titles but a lot of level and a lot of motivation.
“When I look back and remember that time of 4-5 years without winning a Grand Slam, I have the feeling that people thought I was playing very badly. I had a very bad year, with many problems, in 2013, with many pains back from Indian Wells to the US Open, and it cost me opportunities, having a lot of ups and downs. But I think I played very well at that time, I made several Grand Slam finals, I won the Davis Cup, and also I think it was Novak’s time, and Rafa’s too, so it was difficult to get a great victory. “
– The Basel man answers how he kept himself motivated in all those years.
“For me, I think I was able to stay motivated because I was very close to winning again, I had a great team, I enjoyed the coaches, with fun moments, the arrival of Stefan Edberg, Severin Luthi always by my side. And also Switzerland He has always been close to many places to travel, with the children always enjoying traveling. I have always been able to keep going. The injury I had in 2016, my first surgery, in a difficult year, and I did not know if it would be the end, if I would have another second chance … but it was a great surprise to come back later and play, all year, in 2017 “.
– Finally, Federer explained how and when he worked very hard in training.
“People believe that I have a gift and that I did not need to train because it always seemed that I made it easy but I had to work very hard. When I was young I had to train and be disciplined. With me there was a problem in the environment and it is that if he won, people would say ‘oh, how easy he does’, and when he lost it was always like ‘you could have tried harder’. It was always confusing to me. I wondered to myself if I had to look harder, if I should sweat more, putting on a fighting face. I started working very hard when training Tony Roche, already being world number 1, when he said to me ‘do you think you are ready to win seven games in the fifth set in a Grand Slam And that’s when I started working much harder. “