Fatherly Example – Roger Federer: ‘I spent two weeks with my children building…’
Formula 1 star George Russell suggested that you don’t become the best by copying others and cited the example of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in making his point. The Big Three are considered to be the three best players in the history of tennis, but they all have a completely different style of play.
Russell, who is a Mercedes team-mate of all-time great F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, suggested that he doesn’t need to copy Hamilton to become the next all-time great. “You have probably the three greatest tennis players of all time, with three totally different approaches to their game,” Russell said on the Formula 1 Beyond the Grid podcast, as quoted by Sportskeeda.
“I think that to be the best, or at least to be the best version of yourself, you shouldn’t go out and copy what the best has done. He (Hamilton) is the best because he has brought out the best in himself and what makes it work for you.
In the world of tennis, who do you copy? Do you copy Nadal? Do you copy Federer? Do you copy Djokovic? Obviously, in the world of motorsport there is only Lewis for now, but that analogy made me think: ‘You just have to do what is good for you’, as those three tennis greats have done.
The Big Three began the 2022 season in a tie with 20 Grand Slams each. Seven months into the season, Nadal now owns a record 22 Grand Slams, while Djokovic follows with 21 Grand Slams. Federer, who has not played since Wimbledon 2021, is now the third with his 20 Grand Slams.
Even without Federer, the Big Three still dominate at the Grand Slam level in 2022. Nadal is expected to play the US Open, while Djokovic could miss the tournament due to his stance on the vaccine. Federer is also not expected to play as he should be back in action at the end of September in the Laver Cup.
Federer is a former World No.1
During a relaxed and child-centric interview for the Swiss newspaper Coopzeitung, Roger Federer revealed the activities he likes to share with his two sons and two daughters in his free time.
“I haven’t taught them how to play cards yet, but the Uno is very popular. And during the pandemic, I spent two weeks with my children building Harry Potter’s castle with Lego. Then we installed a mini table tennis table, we also spend a lot of time there together.”