When the chance to interview Roger Federer arose, I jumped at it. Being a massive tennis fan and naturally a Roger Federer fan, appreciative of his on court majesty, technique and unbelievable talent it was a genuine pleasure to interview the world’s greatest (ever?) tennis player, legend and as you’ll see from his answers (and probably already know) true gentleman. Enjoy…
CB: Who is the toughest opponent you’ve ever faced and why?
RF: There are quite a few tough opponents I’ve faced in my career. Off the top of my head, I’d say Nalbandian, Hewitt, Roddick, Nadal, Sampras, and Agassi. They each have their strengths and have proven to be competitors.
CB: What is your most memorable win and why?
RF: It’s hard to choose just one. They’re all memorable in their own way. My first Wimbledon victory in 2003 against Pete Sampras definitely stands out as a special one, as does my first French Open victory last year.
CB: You make tennis look almost effortless and are generally injury free (touch wood), is there a secret to this?
RF: I think a lot of it has to do with smart scheduling, a lot of hard work, and listening to my body. It’s important to take time out to rest, relax, and rejuvenate the body at times, especially with a full tournament, travel, and practice schedule.
CB: Roger, you’ve won 16 Grand Slam titles, including all four Grand Slams, an Olympic Gold Medal, won 16 ATP Masters Series tournaments, hold countless records and are considered by most to be the greatest player of all time (at only 28!) – what do you hope to achieve next?
RF: I hope to keep playing as long as I can and try to continue to enjoy the sport. Playing through different generations is also exciting and I hope to keep putting myself in position to win the big events.
CB: You have always played tennis from a young age. If you could be a world beater at any other sport what would it be?I’ve heard rumours you’re pretty useful on the football pitch.
RF: If I didn’t play tennis, I would have loved to be a footballer. I really enjoy the sport and the team atmosphere.
CB: Which Grand Slam is your favourite and why?
RF: They all are very unique and have a special meaning for me. However, I always reference Wimbledon as a special one for me because this is where I won Junior Wimbledon and the first of my Grand Slam titles.
CB: Ape to Gentleman are always seeking to develop the concept of the modern gentleman, and you’ve always conducted yourself impeccably in all arenas of life. What do you think is the key to being a modern gentleman?
RF: For me it’s important to be polite and treat others how you would like to be treated.
CB: Roger, as the men’s skin care market gathers pace have you noticed any change in the attitude of tennis players towards skin care? For example, seeing more men’s skin care products in the locker rooms?
RF: I do get the sense that tennis players are paying more attention to their skin and making sure they are protected from the sun and the elements. I am lucky because I have the relationship with Gillette so I am always supplied with the best products and can make sure I have a daily regiment which not only protects my skin but also enhances it.
CB: Shaving is one part of the grooming process in which all men have to partake. You appear on the most part to be clean shaven, what are your shaving products of choice? Do you use any other skin care products?
RF: I’m lucky enough to be sponsored by Gillette and on a daily basis I use their Gillette Fusion Power razor, which is great for my skin, along with their Sensitive Shave Gel. I will also use the Gillette Thermal Scrub and the energising moisturiser quite often. The scrub definitely makes shaving easier and the moisturiser is great for sorting out any skin dryness.
CB: And finally, if you had one piece of advice you could give to anyone, what would it be?
RF: Be true to yourself, honest and always try to do things for others less fortunate.
CB: Roger, many thanks for your time and I wish you the best of luck for the future.
RF: No problem, thanks.