“Our Careers Have Mainly Been Ups”: Roger Federer Draws Parallel With Serena Williams’ Career

Published 06/27/2021, 2:25 AM EDT
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 01: Serena Williams of the United States and Roger Federer of Switzerland take a selfie on court following their mixed doubles match during day four of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on January 01, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


Two of tennis’s greatest assets are Serena Williams and Roger Federer. These players have maintained their position on top after being on Tour for around two decades. The commitment showcased by these two supreme athletes towards the sport is noteworthy. 

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Recently, Roger Federer voiced his opinion on similarities with American star Serena Williams. Along this beautiful journey, they have come across various obstacles but they have somehow found a way to overcome these barriers. Having started their careers as teenagers, they have entered parenthood and the desire to compete for the biggest honors still remains high. 

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his first round match against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The 39-year-old player spoke on this topic and stated, “I mean you would think that we found ways to keep ourselves happy, motivated, and entertained and not let the negatives dominate our daily struggles and things we’re going through like any other tennis player. How we manage our day-to-day stuff with the family is very important because if you have a family it’s easier to walk away from it all.”

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Anything less than winning wasn’t sufficient for Roger Federer

The Swiss ace reflected on the good and bad moments in their careers. However, anything less than being a winner is not enough. He also confessed that he never imagined himself to play till 39 years. He thought he would hang his boots much earlier. 

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her first round match against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

The former World No. 1 further added, “Everybody goes through ups and downs. Our careers have been mainly ups for a long time and maybe it’s arguably easier to stay happy and motivated but at the same time only the best is good enough for us and it puts a lot of pressure on ourselves. Truthfully, I don’t think my goal was to play till 39 or 40. It was maybe till 35 I was thinking.”

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The Wimbledon Championships 2021 begins on Monday the 28th of June and will end on Sunday the 11th of July. The Basel-born player and the American veteran will headline the event. All eyes will be on the two legends. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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