Roger Federer admits he thought it was “impossible” to stay at the top as long as the likes of Michael Schumacher and Tiger Woods.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion bowed out of professional tennis at the Laver Cup in September aged 41 after more than two decades on the ATP circuit spent pushing boundaries like his sporting heroes.
Federer admits those stars’ determination to keep going showed it was possible on the tennis court too.
“And I always thought it was impossible to do that, to stay at the top for so long and have that drive.
“Now people ask me: ‘how did you do it?’ And I’m like, ‘well, it’s normal!’ You just go out there, you do it again, and you try to win, and again. And it’s fun and so you keep doing it.
“Everybody else would like to be in your shoes, right? And then you also have a duty to represent the sport well and enjoy it while it lasts.
“I really felt I squeezed out that lemon until the last drop and I tried my very best until the end. It was incredible.”