Swimming superstar opens up on drawing inspiration from Roger Federer

Six-time European swimmer of the year Adam Peaty reveals he is inspired by Roger Federer as he thinks the Swiss’ longevity is simply astonishing. 

Federer, who turns 41 next month, is aiming to return to action in late September at the Laver Cup. 

Federer was able to achieve notable success very late in his career as he was 36 when he lifted the Australian Open title in 2018.

Peaty, who is 27 and considered as one of the best in his sport, is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Federer and enjoy a very long and successful career. 

“I’m inspired by all the top players but Roger Federer is the one where I think he’s just class, isn’t he? The way he comes across, how he performs, his attitude in the sport, that’s someone you want to look up to, you get to your late 30s or early 40s still doing your sport then why not,” Peaty told Evening Standard.

Peaty inspired by Federer

“That’s another 10 years or more and it’s a brutal sport especially as you get older but you find new ways don’t you,” Peaty explained.

Meanwhile, Federer is hoping to return this September and to go out on his own terms. 

“Time will tell how I want to deal with this, how often I keep looking for interest,” Federer told Het Parool. “I think about that now sometimes, but not often. My main focus is on how to make my comeback in tennis. I work hard on that and I think about it every day. What feeling you get and how you react after such applause and standing ovation, I still don’t know that in advance.”

Federer is scheduled to compete at the Laver Cup in late September and he is also signed up to compete at an ATP event in Basel, which takes place in October.