My Federer recollections

Originally Published: May 21, 2010
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

My first impression of Roger Federer was that he was unfailingly humble and honest.

This was more than nine years ago, in March 2001, after the ATP World Tour set me up with a phone call from the 19-year-old rising Swiss player for an ESPN.com column. Federer was training for Indian Wells in Los Angeles and coming off a skiing holiday in St. Moritz, Switzerland, with his mother and some friends.

"It was 15, 20 degrees below zero, but it was relaxing, ...

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