Beyond the Baseline

Ever wonder what it would be like if Roger Federer visited your office?

Well, now you can find out.

Roger Federer recently visited the Zurich office of longtime sponsor Credit Suisse, spending the day wandering the halls, signing autographs, giving a revealing, one-hour interview and even hitting some serves in what looked like a serve simulator. Of course, he had to keep pushing until he set the record for serve speed. (Spoiler: He later found out that someone else had already broken it.)

Some Federer comments from the video (via a translator):

• "It was important for me to seek and also find normal human contact, and it's been great having lunch here at the Uetlihof [Credit Suisse's complex] today."

• "A lot of things frighten me. Spiders I could do without. In fact, there are plenty of pests I can do without. Also, when I was at Disney World with my kids, for example, I was glad I only had to go on the little roller coasters and not the big ones. I don't think I could stomach that. Skydiving, bungee jumping, no way, not for me."

• "Well, you certainly don't get much of a private life, that's one disadvantage [of being famous]. The nice thing, of course, is that people are always pleased to see you and you receive a lot of support. Many people also come up to me and say how great it is to meet me. That obviously gives you a really nice feeling. Amongst all the stress and in such a surreal world in the big cities and permanently on the road and all the pressure that builds up, it's important to remember why I actually play tennis."
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