A long 360-degree interview with Roger Federer by Laura Schreffler was the cover story of "Haute Living" lifestyle magazine's May/June issue.
The Swiss also mentions Stefan Edberg in two moments of the conversation. Firstly, when he talks about his first Wimbledon trophy in 2003, he says the Swede was an inspiration to reaching what he still considers the main landmark in his career.
I saw Becker, Edberg and Sampras all win at Wimbledon many, many times, and I guess that was the tournament that I always wanted to play in. I dreamed of it. I fooled around saying, 'I won at Wimbledon!' and would fall to my knees in the backyard. One day, all of a sudden, it happened for me.
Secondly, and more interestingly, he reveals a talk he had with Stefan, already become his coach, about retirement from tennis.
[Stefan] told me that [when he was thinking about retiring] he was going to play one more year, and he knew that was going to be the end. But he [also] said that everyone knowing he was going to retire one year later was an ordeal. He said that at every tournament he went to, he got the big goodbye and it drove him mad.
Roger also says he still hasn't got any plan of retirement and, most of all, he absolutely has no idea about the way he wants to put an end to his career. (mc)
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