Roger Federer: ‘I stopped 12 years ago when I had mononucleosis’

It took Roger Federer six years to complete a career Grand Slam, winning the elusive Roland Garros trophy in 2009 and completing the collection. After consecutive quarterfinals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2001, Federer became a major contender for the next few years, still at 19 years old. Roger slowed down a bit in the most significant scene and waited to show his A-game again for two years. The Swiss conquered the first Major title at Wimbledon 2003, lifting the trophy at his beloved event, where he celebrated it as a junior five years earlier. After an early exit from the US Open, Roger claimed the Masters Cup crown and finished the year in second place behind Andy Roddick, hoping for an even stronger 2004. Traveling to Australia after parting ways with Peter Lundgren, Federer was a player to watch in Melbourne, using a favorable draw to reach the fourth round. Things got serious there, but Roger was up for all the challenges, beating Lleyton Hewitt and David Nalbandian in the first Australian Open semi-final. With those points, Roger was left a victory to become the number one in the world, against Juan Carlos Ferrero in the battle for the final. All things aside, Federer delivered a reliable performance to defeat the Spaniard 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 in an hour and a half, advance to the second Major final and join the exclusive roster of # 1 players. It was his seventh meeting and Federer’s fourth win that he never missed serve and increased the pressure on the other side of the net. Ferrero gave up his serve four times, doing his best in sets one and three, but ending his run in the semi-finals.

Federer wants to master a new instrument

Roger Federer was recently interviewed by Schweizer Illustrierte. Federer revealed that he wants to master a new instrument, possibly the saxophone. He is also hoping to learn to ski and scuba dive despite being a “bit of a scaredy-cat”. “I would like to learn a new instrument again. I played a little piano, now I would like to play the saxophone,” he said. “I also want to learn how to ski in deep snow. I never could, and then I stopped 12 years ago when I had mononucleosis. Now I want to seriously try again. I’d also like to try my hand at snowboarding. I love scuba diving. But to be honest: I’m a bit of a scaredy cat.”