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Federer: I have flaws like everyone else

2019-03-08 13:55
Roger Federer
Roger Federer (AP)

Indian Wells - Roger Federer realises some people see him as the perfect superstar athlete, but is quick to point out that no such thing exists.

Many believe the 20-time Grand Slam winner will go down as the GOAT (greatest of all time), and he did his chances no harm over the weekend when he became only the second man to win 100 ATP Tour singles titles after American Jimmy Connors.

While some see him as pretty much perfect, the 37-year-old is quick to point out that "being perfect doesn't exist".

"People always elevate superstar athletes to superman status, like we’re superhuman," he said. "Then you get to meet us and you realise, 'He's just another normal guy. It just so happens he does great in what he does."

"I don't see myself like that. Being perfect doesn't exist. Everybody has their flaws. So do I. If I can make the game more popular, I can be good for fans, that's great."

Having picked up title No 99 at the Swiss Indoors in October last year, Federer went on to his century in his next final, the Dubai Duty Free Championships last Saturday and it is finally sinking in.

"What I like about (the 100th title) is that it gives some time to reflect on these great moments and great titles that are all important to me," he said.

"It's an achievement I never thought I'd make and something I only started thinking about in the past nine months. When you get to No 98, No 99, you start to think it’d be a pity to retire without hitting 100. It was nice to get there on the first attempt in a final."

Federer will be in action next week at the Indian Wells Masters event in the Californian desert.


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