“Motivation for me is really not a problem because I love tennis too much just to say ‘I have won all the slams and two beautiful daughters and a wife — I’m happy so I’ll leave’
Speaking with CNN while preparing for the Masters Cup in London, Roger revealed that he has lost no motivation for tennis since getting married and becoming the father of two twin daughters. I have always cringed when I hear people say they have achieved everything they did in their occupation, so there is no more reason to be motivated, because that means they have been in their occupation for the wrong reasons in the first place. If you really love something you will try and make it last as long as possible, no matter what you have achieved so far. And besides, there is always more to achieve. The more you achieve, the harder it will be for someone to come along and eclipse those records one day. I don’t know about you, but I want to see Roger do many more things in tennis.
First I want to see him win more majors, break the record for the most weeks at number one, and at least equal Sampras’ record of seven Wimbledon titles. I would also like to see him win one more US Open at least, which will give him the record for the most US Open titles in the open era. Then I wouldn’t mind if he breaks Sampras’ record of the most Wimbledon titles, wins another Australian Open to equal Agassi’s record of the most Australian Open titles, and wins an Olympic gold medal. The list goes on, but these are the main things I want to see him do. I don’t want it to be over. It is too exciting to follow Roger’s career, and it would be a shame if he stops now when he is on the verge of breaking many important records.
There is no doubt that Roger has fulfilled his potential and broken the most important record(s), and that his life has entered a new phase with the birth of his daughters. Therefor it is refreshing to hear him say that he has not lost his motivation and love for the game. It is a testament to Roger’s greatness that he still feels he has many years of tennis left in him. Sampras had to really dig deep to win his 14th and last grand slam title, and when he won it he knew it was time for him to hang up his racquet. Roger has already won 15 grand slam titles, yet you hardly feel that it is time for him to retire. Instead I have a feeling that we will see Roger play for many more years, winning several majors and breaking all the remaining records, establishing himself once and far all as the undisputed GOAT.
It is also nice to see that Roger and Rafa are friendly off court and that they respect each other so much. It is not easy to be friendly with someone who you are fierce rivals with on court. Tennnis is a dog eat dog world and there isn’t many good friendships out there. After so many crushing losses to Rafa there is not an ounce of bitterness form Roger towards Rafa, and Rafa deserves credit for this because he has always shown Roger great respect.