Roger Federer has revealed that he still has the hunger to do well in tennis and swiftly shut down claims that he is a “perfect” person.
Federer was surprisingly eliminated from the US Open in the fourth round by John Milman and has endured a few difficult tournaments in recent months.
The Swiss star was also dumped out of Wimbledon in the quarter-finals and has since found it difficult to gain his winning momentum back.
Federer is well known for his class, humility and all-around nice personality, but he believes that he is not “perfect”.
As quoted on the Tennis World USA, Federer said:
I don’t think that I am perfect, I want to continue to be a normal person. I am aware that I live in an environment where, often, you always look for hunger, but I always have to be myself.
I think the media contributed to building this image of me. I know I am a reference point for many kids but I don’t think that “Mister Perfection” is the right adjective to describe myself, it’s totally exaggerated.
I always dreamt of becoming either a tennis or a soccer player, mostly a tennis player winning Wimbledon, or becoming No.1 in the world.
Those were my big dreams. Maybe playing like (Stefan) Edberg or (Boris) Becker, my heroes, that kind of thing, play the tournaments that they played, playing on the professional tour.
Once I achieved most things, the hunger remains to achieve big things.
Federer is one of the all-time greats of tennis and holds the record of male grand slam wins with an incredible 20.