Earlier, speaking to the Swiss press about his decision to retire from professional tennis after this event, Federer said his children were emotional at the news.
“I told them the day before,” Federer said. “It depends how you convey it. If you say to certain friends, ‘Hey, I’m quitting’, the answer is, ‘Great decision’. But if you say, ‘Hey, I think I have to stop,’ everyone starts crying.
“I told them that nothing will change much. We’ve seen what it’s going to be like over the last few years. Somewhere they are sad that I will stop. But they always expressed the wish: ‘Stop playing tennis, we want to go skiing.’’ I said it to all four at the same time and three out of four cried.
“It’s a process for them too. The last few years have been tough for me, but I think it was even tougher for her [his wife Mirka]. With all her injuries, she didn’t enjoy watching me anymore. I felt sorry for her too. It’s a great relief for her now that it’s over.
“At first I was sad, but then I pushed it aside and started the whole process with the letter and telling people. That was extremely good for me. Even if it tears you apart, I have to say that I can give interviews without any problems for this reason. If you had told me three or six weeks ago that I had to get out with the microphone and tell people – impossible. I wouldn’t have gotten a word out.”