Roger Federer: Last Impressions

The 17-time grand slam champion on smashed rackets and mashed marsupials

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The last time I…

…finished a box set was before I had kids. It was Prison Break. I really liked that one. And I met Lincoln Burrows [portrayed by Dominic Purcell], remember him? The brother of the guy who gets out of prison? I met him in Toronto. He was a keen tennis player while growing up in Australia. I was cool about it, but I think we were both excited to meet each other.

…danced in public was yesterday with my girls [six-year-old twins Myla Rose and Charlene Riva]. We were in a shopping centre, in London, and they started dancing so we all started dancing. That was it. You just try to not look like a fool.

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…smashed a racket was in practice in Dubai. I was so upset about how I was playing and I wanted to throw the racket into the fence, but it was so sweaty and humid that it slipped and went straight into the ground and I just crushed it. I was like, “Hmm, that was not meant to happen”. For me, that’s a big tantrum.

…got scared by a movie? That happens all the time, especially when the music’s loud and you know that something’s going to happen. That one with Hugh Jackman, Prisoners? Where there’s the whistle at the end. Ooh! That was crazy. You should see it.

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…met a hero was Michael Jordan during the US Open. We did a collaboration with Nike. My shoe with a Jordan shoe, an Air Jordan 3. He was big for me growing up; it was the cool period for basketball. And he was the guy.

…went to a zoo was in Australia [Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary]. A couple of years ago in Brisbane, I held a koala called Tinkerbell – it was a totally cool experience. I think he’s quite a famous koala bear. Everyone goes to see him. I think Justin Timberlake just held him. They eat eucalyptus so they’re always in this state, you know? Like they’re half on drugs.

…sailed on a yacht? We went fishing on a boat recently, but it wasn’t a yacht. I get seasick and we shouldn’t have gone out when we did but the girls said, “Let’s go!” so we went out and I was like, “Urgh, that was a mistake,” but thankfully, no one threw up so it was OK.

… played a sport I wasn’t good at was, well, it’s been a while. Ice skating I’m terrible at, but I’m so careful now that I don’t do silly things. I stopped with skiing, I stopped with squash… The only thing I keep playing is ping pong. During Wimbledon, I play it a lot. Around The World – is that what you guys call it? That's so funny. I love that. Especially in socks.

Roger Federer is a Moët & Chandon global brand ambassador and will compete in the Australian Open, 19 January to 1 February

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