In a press conference, Roger Federer returned to the emotions he experienced during his last night as a professional player. He leaves happy.
“Is there a particular moment that will stick in your memory?
Everything that happened after match point (smile). The game itself was special, but everything that happened after that was even more so. I didn’t know what was going to happen, where I had to go, what was expected of me. And then looking around, seeing everyone’s excitement, it was even better, or worse, I don’t really know. That is what I will remember, the emotion of the people. And Rafa was one of them, sorry.
You’ve had a lot of high-pressure matches but what was it like walking onto the pitch for this one knowing it was the end?
There were several phases today (Friday). Sometimes I was terribly nervous, like before a big final and then sometimes I completely forgot about it because we were with the guys and we were joking around. The last two days have been difficult, to say the least. But I managed to forget for moments, sleep well, enjoy. And thanks to that, I’m going to have a better memory of what happened because if it was just stress the whole time, it would have been too hard.
“I would have liked to spend an evening where I would not have had to pick up the microphone”
It was complicated to take the micro at the end ?
That was the part that worried me the most. I would have liked to spend an evening where I didn’t have to carry the microphone. Because I know how hard it is for me when I’m emotional. It has happened to me several times before. But I remembered in the field how wonderful it was. It is not the end, life goes on. I’m healthy, I’m happy, everything is fine and it was just a moment to get by. Obviously it was supposed to be that way. I was able to find a second wind and say whatever I wanted, I think.
You said when announcing your retirement that it was your last appearance in the ATP, what do you have in mind for the future, what kind of matches?
The message I want to convey is that I want to continue to spread my passion for this sport and let the fans know that I hope we meet again on other stages somewhere in the world. I have no plans where, how or when. All I know is that I would love to play places I have never played before and thank the people who have supported me so much. »