Roger Federer, in an exclusive interview with DigiSport, recalled the time when he was world number one for the first time way back in February 2004. “I remember it very well like if it was yesterday”, says Roger Federer.
“After my semifinals win over Juan Carlos Ferrero at the Australian Open”, continued Federer, “I officially knew I would become the world No. 1”, he said. “The day after I won the final over Marat Safin and on Wednesday night I reached Romania and I started training with the team and I played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”
“I was very tired, but it was one of my best weeks in career because being the number one was something special for me”, recalled Federer. “I could celebrate with friends and colleagues of the Davis Cup team”, he said. “They were so nice”, he continued. “I spent a nice week in Bucharest, a place with pleasant memories for me”, he added.
Roger Federer also spoke about his dream season that unfolded in 2017, despite many people doubting it. “Clearly, I started the season with the desire to be healthy, to be playing tennis again and, after four or five tournaments, to feel myself being back”, he said.
“All this happened so fast, I managed to win in Australia where I had tried to do it for five years before getting injured”, recalled Federer. “It’s funny that it happened after a surgery and after the difficult time of last year”, laughed Federer. “I was unbelievably happy to continue my good shape and win Indian Wells, which for me was a surprise as big as in Australia. It’s an amazing return that I did not expect”, he said.