What is “Federer, the last 12 days” like, which premieres on June 20 on Prime Video

Roger Federer has already said goodbye to the tennis courts, in September 2022. Perhaps that is why, with a certain distance but the same sensation, you can define it like this: “You feel an incredible sensation, as if you were at a kind of funeral of your own life.”. The tennis legend chose those words to explain what he felt, what he felt, when he announced his retirement. She said it in an extensive interview with the Spanish newspaper “El País”, which was published this weekend. And he also said it within the framework of the announcement of “Federer, the last 12 days”, the documentary that will premiere on the Prime Video platform, this Thursday the 20th.

No one will lack extreme doses of sport this Thursday, which marks the start of the Copa América. But the documentary is rather the antithesis of the adrenaline with which we follow the grids of the Euro Cup and the Copa America.

The documentary, directed by Asif Kapadia and Joe Sabia, is an intimate journey that accompanies Roger Federer during the last 12 days of his career. The film, which was originally filmed for personal use, not intended for public viewing, shows Federer at his most vulnerable and sincere, as he bids farewell to the sport and the fans who shaped his life over the last few years. Two decades. Federer himself said that he thought of this material for his own consumption. «I wanted to capture those last 12 days, but never with the intention of making this documentary, but so that my children, my team and the fans could see it, because I was always very reserved. But when we looked at it, we decided it was too pretty to keep, so we decided to share it. And here we are”Federer told “El País.”

“I have 41 years old; more than 1500 games played in 24 years. Tennis has been extremely generous to me. “I must recognize when it is time to end my career,” Federer recorded. It is the prelude to the message with which he will announce to his followers that he is retiring.

What will be seen in the documentary is the man full of emotions who on the field looked like – pardon the commonplace – a Swiss watch. The man who cried with the birth of his two sets of twins, and the one who also cried when he retired, holding the hand of his nemesis and friend, Rafael Nadal, during the Laver Cup, in 2022. There is another moment from the interview with the newspaper “El País”, which shows how that moment with Nadal has become much more than a photo for posterity. Federer says that he has that photo in his house and that «When I walk past it, it always catches my attention because it reflects our camaraderie, our friendship, and also our rivalry, all in one image. At that moment Ellie Goulding was singing and it is a moment in which we are both able to reflect on everything we had just experienced, remembering our career and how lucky we have been to be tennis players, to have been able to turn our hobby into a professional career. dream. That’s what that photo means to me. It was a great moment, short; hold her hand for a second and basically show my appreciation through that touch«.

The documentary includes interviews with friends and legendary rivals such as Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. It was directed by Asif Kapadia, Oscar winner for the documentary “Amy”, in 2015, about Amy Winehouse, and also responsible for “Diego Maradona” 2019), “Senna” (2019) and the great series “Mindhunter” (2017). )

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