Savannah Guthrie’s Gushing Fangirl Interview with Her Tennis Idol, Roger Federer

Savannah Guthrie was visibly starstruck chatting with her tennis idol, Roger Federer on Today this morning. She mentioned several times how she has not been shy through the years of letting the tennis great know what a big fan she is of his.

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Federer, for his part, was a modest recipient of Guthrie’s praise and in between the morning show host’s accolades, told her about the likelihood of his retiring soon and how he actually injured his knee in 2016.

Here’s what the two said in their conversation, which at some point, got a touch awkward.

Guthrie pressed Federer on whether he’s retiring or not

Rumors have been swirling that Federer may be close to retiring altogether. Guthrie brought the prospect up.

“We don’t ever want you to ever retire, but do you ever fantasize about sitting on the couch eating ice cream?,” Guthrie asked.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner reassured Guthrie he didn’t plan on retiring and that his goal was to play as long as possible.

Federer’s #1 fan asked if he fantasized about retiring, and just sitting on the couch eating ice cream.

“Yeah, I like my sweets,” Federer laughed. He noted that his knee injury in 2016 requiring surgery offered him a peek into the retired life. During his recovery time, he thought, ‘this is what retirement must be like,’ as he was able to enjoy his children and visiting family and friends.

Federer’s knee injury and what really caused it

Speaking of that knee injury, the Today host asked the athlete to elaborate on what exactly caused it. The Swiss athlete experienced a torn meniscus one day following his Australian Open semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic in 2016. 

However, the injury wasn’t related to the match, Federer admitted to Guthrie. It happened as he was drawing a bath for his children.

“I remember I turned, I felt my knee was funny, I turned back. That’s when I heard a click,” Federer said. He said he felt something funny with his knee but proceeded to go with the family to the zoo that day, at which point his knee had swollen greatly. After having an MRI the next day, he had surgery on Feb. 3 to repair the injury.

He told ATPTour that year, “It sounds weird, but I kind of enjoyed the process of improving every day. I had a positive mindset. We worked two to three times a day. …It was a really nice process. Never had any setbacks. That was very crucial that I’m here today.”

Guthrie ‘slobbering’ over Federer

By the end of the interview, Guthrie was apologizing to Federer for enduring the interview while she was “slobbering” over him in general. It was an awkward enough moment that Federer hung his head down, shaking his head in amusement.

Her crush on Federer is well-documented. Even Guthrie’s husband, Michael Feldman, tweeted this past summer about how bad it had gotten, while the two were at the airport, with Guthrie glued to her phone watching Federer in a tough match at Wimbledon.

“Dear @delta – I would like to proactively apologize for @SavannahGuthrie‘s behavior on this upcoming flight. But we’re talking 5th set @Wimbledon with @rogerfederer,’ he wrote.”

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