Jacket, 215, from the NikeLab Presents NikeCourt x Roger Federer: Unlimited Class collection. Styling: Martina Russi. Grooming: Julia Ritter
Its four years since Federer last won a grand slam. Unsurprisingly, there are endless rumours about his impending retirement, but he insists he has no plans. I dont want to say Im enjoying it more, but its different. I have a deeper love for the game today. Before it was chasing the dream. Today it is living the dream and appreciating I can still do it. Its a wonderful feeling. And he still feels capable of winning. Is Djokovic now the man to beat? Absolutely. Does he deserve to be where he is? 100 per cent. But is he beatable? Yes, of course he is. I beat him last year three times.
So many fans thought that, as soon as he stopped bossing the game, he would just walk away. Yes, he says, Ive heard retirement [talk]since 2009 when I won the French Open and people were like, well, what else are you playing for? Im like, whats wrong with you people? Dont you understand that playing tennis is great fun? I dont need to win three slams a year to be content. If the body doesnt want to do it, if the mind doesnt want to do it, if my wife doesnt want me to do it, if my kids dont like it, Ill stop tomorrow. Zero problem. But I love tennis in such a big way that I dont care if I dont win so much any more. For me that is irrelevant.
If theres one tournament hed like to win again, what would it be? Wimbledon, he says instantly. This is where my heroes Becker, Edberg, Sampras won, I won the juniors there in 1998, my first slam, I won all these unbelievable matches there. Wimbledon is the holy grail.
The NikeLab presents NikeCourt x Roger Federer: Unlimited Class collection is available at nike.com/nikelab from 23 June. Wimbledon starts on 27 June.