‘Roger Federer has a knack for making an interview feel like…’, says top analyst

Roger Federer’s future hangs in the balance, as admitted by the Swiss phenomenon himself during a long interview with the Blick newspaper. The former world number 1 played his last match at Wimbledon, before stopping again due to a relapse in his operated knee. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was unable to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, which was one of his great seasonal goals. A few days later, news came that he would not even take part in the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati. King Roger, who turned 40 last Sunday, will meet with his doctors this week to decide what to do. The Basel veteran also explained that he has not trained in the last month, a further indication that he does not argue in favor of his presence at the US Open. The last Grand Slam of 2021 will start in just over two weeks and the Swiss forfeit is an increasingly probable hypothesis. Well-known New York Times correspondent Christopher Clarey gave a lengthy interview to Steve Tignor for ‘Tennis.com’, with the intention of promoting his Roger Federer-focused book ‘The Master’.

Clarey opens up on Roger Federer

“In some ways, he’s (Roger Federer) an open book: he has given the fans, the sport and the media so much of himself,” Christopher Clarey said. “My employers—the New York Times and the late, great International Herald Tribune—were big beneficiaries as he granted me a remarkable amount of access, beginning in the early 2000s, in part because of his interest in making inroads in the US market.” According to Clarey, the 20-time Major champion is a “tennis nerd” who cannot stay away from the sport. “I got the chance to interview Federer everywhere from a private plane to the front seat of his Mercedes in the Swiss Alps,” Clarey continued. “He is very good company, in part because he likes to know where his inquisitors are coming from (both literally and figuratively). He has a knack for making an interview feel like a conversation, which is something journalists, not athletes, usually aim for. He is also a tennis nerd: someone who follows the sport and its trends and storylines very closely,” added Clarey. Once upon a time, Roger Federer won five consecutive US Open titles from 2004 to 2008. Since then, he hasn’t won any in New York. Additionally, the hype of the first 21-time Grand Slam winner grew aggressively when Novak Djokovic equaled Federer and Rafael Nadal at 20. However, one of the three may not feature in the race, at least for 2021’s final slam.