A QUESTION OF SPORT: JOHN MIKEL OBI

Posted on: Mon 24 Jun 2013

Professional footballers have spent the majority of their lives focused on mastering their art but, away from the beautiful game, which other sports do they take an interest in?

The official Chelsea website continues to survey the squad to get a brief insight into their other sporting passions…

John Mikel Obi
'I like basketball and tennis, but if you asked me to pick just one then it would be tennis. Roger Federer is my idol - he's someone I've looked up to since I first started watching the sport. What a great professional he is. He's still breaking record after record and even when people seem to doubt him, he keeps winning trophies.

'He's still up there as one of the best and he's the greatest player to ever play tennis. He's my idol and I look up to him - I just love watching him play. I've never had the chance to meet him but I'm trying to do that when he is in London this year, either at Wimbledon or the ATP Finals at the O2.'

Federer is currently number three in the ATP world rankings and has won 17 grand slam titles over the course of a glittering career. In the eyes of many, he is regarded as the best tennis player of all time.

The Swiss star won Wimbledon last year, when he defeated Andy Murray in the final, and he will be trying for an eighth victory in the tournament beginning today in the capital.

Federer has appeared in 24 grand slam finals, more than any other player in history, and he is the only man to reach the semi-final stage of 23 consecutive grand slam tournaments.

Roger Federer