Roger Federer is handling his rehab from knee surgery as any athlete would — a lot of time in the therapist’s office, more time in the gym, some relaxation time with his four children after close to 20 years of near-constant travel and, oh yeah, the staple of every surgery rehab assignment, going black tie to the Oscars and crushing tequila shots on the red carpet like he was a frat boy from Arizona State.
Amongst all the gliteratti Sunday night in Hollywood was Roger Federer. He was wearing a Louis Vuitton tux some people dress in tuxes, other people wear tuxes — Roger is in the latter category) and getting propositioned to do some drankin’ whilst rubbing elbows with superstar nominated celebrities such as Charlotte Rampling, Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander.
Toasting with Guillermo from Jimmy Kimmel Live, Federer downs the tequila with such ease that you wonder whether he actually might be the most interesting man in the world. Most people do the bent-knee, hand-to-the-mouth exhale after a shot, particularly at age 34. Roger took it down like he was Bernard Tomic even though he hardly seems the type of guy to be killing bottles of Patron in his spare time.
But Federer then gave his toast ("to getting back to No. 1") after drinking, come to think of it, is something the most interesting man in the world would do. You know, changing it up a bit.
Also, now you know the deepest, darkest desire of Roger Federer. Sorry to get Harry Potter dork-ish on you (hey, it was the Oscars!) but if he looked in the Mirror of Erised, which shows you the thing you want more than anything else in the world, I think Roger would see himself at No. 1, holding the Wimbledon champion and a cell phone containing an over-emoji’d tweet he was about to send out in celebration.
Serena Williams was also in attendance and, at an afterparty she and Federer argued about who was better. Roger said Serena, Serena said Roger and I can’t believe the argument didn’t end with Roger saying, "OK, yeah, you’re right, it’s me."