SHANGHAI: Roger Federer, tennis’ evergreen champion, who has rediscovered the magic in his silken strokes and serves that sing more than sting, said dreams are the stairway to success.
The 33-year-old, father of four, the third seed at this week’s Shanghai Masters, stressed he has always had dreams. Even in the winter of his career.
“I dreamt of becoming either a tennis or soccer player, mostly a tennis player, winning Wimbledon, becoming No. 1 in the world,” Federer said of his childhood dreams, “Those were my big dreams as a kid. Playing like (Stefan) Edberg or (Boris) Becker, my heroes, play the tournaments they played.”
“Once I achieved most things, the hunger remained to achieve big things,” he added, “You have different dreams. I think dreams are important. They make you eager to work hard, to try to achieve something. If you don’t achieve what you set out to, if you fail, at least you have learnt your lesson and you can either reset or readjust, or simply change a few things around, or keep believing really. As an athlete, you need a dream.”