Federer has won a men’s record 20 Grand Slam titles and is hunting his 100th ATP honour in Dubai this week.The Swiss star has three more major tour
Federer has won a men’s record 20 Grand Slam titles and is hunting his 100th ATP honour in Dubai this week.
The Swiss star has three more major tournament wins that Rafael Nadal and five greater than world No 1 Novak Djokovic.
But he is also a few years older than both of his main rivals so there is a strong possibility they could retire with a stronger legacy.
However, Federer is still grateful for all of the success he has achieved throughout his career.
When asked if he ever thought he would go down as the greatest of all time, he said: “No, no.
“I was a talented youngster and I was good at the local level, then national and international.
“By the time I was 18, I thought may be I can make it to the top 100 or even top 10, but I never thought I could be the world No 1 one day.
“The road was long and rocky, but to win all the Grand Slams that I did.
“I often have to pinch myself to believe it but it’s been an amazing journey.
“It has made me tougher as a person and taught me to handle situations. Life has been good for me and I wish all players go through this phase.”
Federer also went on to explain how he is able to wow audiences with his graceful and elegant movement and strokes on court.
“Look, it came to me naturally, and it was also a bit of upbringing,” he added.
“There is no need to step over people or bully others … make them feel bad or small.
“People often say you have to be hard and tough to win, but I feel that’s not me. I have been told in the past that you are too nice to be successful, but I think I have been able to do both by being respectful to people.
“I have had also to take tough decisions along the road, but in a nice way. You also have to remember why you are in such a privileged position.
“I can’t thank enough my fans, my team, the tournament officials — so many of them have touched my life along the way.”