FEDERER: “FANS CAN COUNT ON ME”

“Last year was difficult,”

“I’m just happy playing enough matches where you feel like you have momentum, you have some confidence, and you’re enjoying it at the same time. Last year, that wasn’t always the case.”

“Things are easier now, and I’m able to take advantage of the fact that I’m just healthy.”

“There is a sense of calmness and confidence to my game,”

“Also that grit and that feeling of wanting to win badly, which was hard to find at times last year.”

“It’s nice proving it to myself, the team and my fans that they can still count on me. It’s nice giving yourself opportunities to win a tournament, no doubt about that.”

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/03/11/Indian-Wells-Thursday-Federer-Reaction.aspx

 

I missed a post for the Haas match so I thought I’d make a post about this interesting article I found on the ATP website. Roger is talking about some of the difficulties he had to face last year and his current success. A lot of what he says here I have touched upon in the past as well. He is admitting that he was not enjoying it all the time, which to me was obvious. But he kept saying that he was enjoying it and that he wants to continue. So credit to him for hanging in there and believing that things will improve. That’s really the most important thing for me here. The fact that he felt he still had the game left and persisting until he found it, despite a score of naysayers telling him to quit and writing him off. Many of his own fans saying that he is doing his legacy damage and that he should have quit after 2012 too.

I got critical myself at times but I always maintained that the game was still there. Just seeing that prophecy come true feels great, so I can imagine how great it must feel for Roger to make it come true. I always thought the game was still there, but of course you are gonna doubt it yourself sometimes seeing the way he was struggling. I think it is testament to Roger’s positive attitude and persistence. When there are so many naysayers and you are struggling yourself it must be very difficult to keep the faith. But by sticking to his guns he is once again inspiring many people, including myself. On my blog I tend to have good optimism and faith, but it’s harder for me in real life. I think the ‘game’s is still there but I find it hard to stay strong when my faith is tested. So Roger inspires me and helps me to persist.

I’m sure it inspires you too in your own life. Things have been rough for me of late and it is like Roger’s success was right on time to inspire me. Like there is some kind of cosmic connection. Anyway it clearly helps to be healthy. Last year the back kept troubling Roger and he never got any momentum or confidence going. Only around the time of the US Open did his back improve and was he able to start building some confidence, to the point now where he is close to his best again. It’s funny how things always start changing for Roger around the US Open. It happened in 2011 too anyway, after he lost to Djokovic for the second consecutive year after having match points. He decided to do some introspection at that point after which we saw the emergence of Fed 3.0.

Back in the driver seat

Roger also talks about the sense of calmness and confidence in his game, which I have been talking about since Melbourne. Also the feeling of wanting to win badly which I have mentioned in my last few posts. I think those two things go hand in hand. A sense of calm but not in the sense of not caring. A calm on the outside but a competitive fire burning deep within. I don’t think mentally we have ever seen Roger as strong as he is currently. It’s still early days and I don’t want to praise him too much yet, but he seems to be mentally stronger after the adversity of last year. That is what adversity does in my own experience. It makes you strong, as long as you don’t allow it to break you. You just gotta hang in there for dear life until the storm passes. Roger may not be physically as strong as in his prime, but I think he is stronger in the mental department.

And since tennis is mostly a mental game he may become a better player than he ever was if he keeps this form up. It seems illogical at age 32 and he may not be as consistent as he was in his prime, but Roger always had all the shots and talent. If there was the slightest of weaknesses it was in the mental department. So if he stays as strong in that department as he has of late he could scale new heights. Finally Roger says it’s nice to prove to himself, the team, and the fans that he can still do it. That is in order of importance as well. Roger is alone on the tennis court but he has a very positive and supportive team around him which would have played a big role in helping him through last year. The fans come last because even though he has a loyal fan base, the fans are the furthest from him and had he listened to some of them he would have retired long ago.

It’s been over 5 years now that I had this blog which I started at the end of 2008 and ever since then people have been writing Roger off. Since then we have seen the emergence of Fed 2.0 which won 3 slams, Fed 3.0 who won another slams and returned to world number one, and now Fed 4.0 is emerging. Who knows what he will achieve but the most fun thing about being a Fedfan has probably been seeing him prove the critics wrong time and time again. His prime was fun, don’t get me wrong. The unprecedented domination he showed over the field was a sight to behold, but seeing him prove the critics wrong after they write him off is a lot of fun too. Roger now gave himself a chance to win another big tournament and prove the critics wrong once more. If there is one thing he showed over the years is that we can indeed count on him.

Thank you for the inspiration champ!

 

Ps. Thank you for abiding by the commenting rules. I feel things have been much more positive around here since I made the rules. Criticizing Nadal all day make us look like bitter haters and doesn’t do Roger’s greatness justice. Other than that it just becomes really boring and clichéd.

Posted in Uncategorized.

35 Comments

  1. I’ve been following Federer for 6+ years and you for probably 5+ years, and I will only give up on Federer when he retires! Then it would be appropriate to let go. :-) What a privilege it is to follow such an inspiring tennis hero.

    [Reply]

    Ru-an Reply:

    JDub, the ever present lurker. Nice to hear from you mate.

    [Reply]

    JDub Reply:

    bwhwhahah, you got it! Ever present, rarely commenting. =P I still read essentially every post you write and continue to find your takes insightful and right on. Thanks so much for giving us your time and talent!

    [Reply]

  2. After the storm has passed in our lives, the sunrays always come through, all we have to do is to BELIEVE!

    Great blog, Ru-an, inspiring words from Roger and you to follow. Thank You. Exciting days in the tennis world are ahead of us, Roger is giving his fans the BEST.

    Kindly,
    Dolores

    [Reply]

    V Reply:

    Nice to hear from you grandma dolores

    [Reply]

    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks for the inspiring comment too Dolores!

    [Reply]

  3. Great post R.
    You articulated perfectly how I’ve been perceiving Fed’s path.
    Bottom line, I draw immense inspiration from this athlete. He’s my sports hero for life regardless what other tennis players might achieve or not related to his records.
    Thank you for your always measured & thoughtful posts. And hang in there, rough times for me too but giving up never ever an option.
    Go Roger Go >>>

    [Reply]

    Ru-an Reply:

    Thank you and yes giving up is not an option :-)

    [Reply]

  4. Inspiring stuff from Roger, we are indeed privilege to have witness him playing. It’s been a great to be able to enjoy your blog these past years. Keep writing and continue to provide us good insights about Roger and tennis.

    [Reply]

    Ru-an Reply:

    Glad you are enjoying my blog Dippy.

    [Reply]

  5. Indeed the sweetest smell of victory is when others think you can’t and you do it.
    There is this story of a boy named “late”latif who was always late for everything, be it class or practice or sports whatever.One day his sister decided to stop him being late and secretly forwarded the time on his clock by 20 minutes.That day latif had cricket match at 4 and he was as usual not ready when he saw the time and panicked when he saw it was 3:55(when actually it was only 3:35).He rushed to get ready and reached the ground in 5 minutes when to his surprise only a few members of his team had arrived and when they saw latif their jaws dropped.The one who was always late had reached 20 minutes early and they couldn’t believe it.This routine went on for 2 weeks and late latif now became “early” latif. At the beginning of the 3rd week,he finally caught his sister chaging the time and asked for an explanation.His sister told him that he had been on time for everything for 2 weeks and that he had lot more free time now that he was punctual in everything. Latif also confessed that he was taking great delight in flabbergasting his friends and their shocking faces when ever he was early and so decided that from then on he would always be early rather than late without the forwarding of his clock.

    This seems to be the case with federer,he persisted and kept believing that he could win and now the results are showing.
    Belief and hope are the two very important qualities to succeed and lets BELIEVE

    [Reply]

    Katyani Reply:

    Hey V, great story. Didn’t know about that :-) True about Roger. We really are here because he and his team believed and his REAL fans believed (not those gloryhunters who left Roger and are now coming back because he is winning).

    [Reply]

  6. Hi Ru-an hope all is well with you. It must give you a real sense of satisfaction when you see how many people read and appreciate your thoughts on tennis. I have kept up with this blog for years and like so many others enjoy all the banter…friendly or otherwise! I became a Federer fan when I watched him beat Sampras at Wimbledon I felt he was something different, he was so happy at winning and so upset when he thanked everyone and this wasn’t even a final. I’m glad that like so many I was right because win or lose he is a joy to watch. On a completely different rant where on earth was Benneteau last night must be the worst match I’ve ever seen him play!

    [Reply]

    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes it does give me a lot of satisfaction to have this blog. The great player it is about, the writing of it, and the supportive readers. And yes the banter is fun too. Benneteau was terrible. Really very bad.

    [Reply]

  7. Hi Ruan,
    I have been an avid reader of your blog since the last year or so but this is my first comment. Great blog as always. The cosmic connection you mentioned seem to be for me too. But it could also be due to the simple fact that Roger inspires so many that we sometimes perceive things in his life as affecting ours.
    #gofed
    Vamesh

    [Reply]

    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Vamesh and true what you say. But I think everything is connected anyway. It’s just nice to have Roger and this bog as an inspiration anyway and I am grateful for it.

    [Reply]

  8. Well…. there goes my Roger/Gulbis-final…
    Now, I am calling a Roger/Isner-final where Roger will win, but it will not be easy.

    After Roger defeats Isner, I would like to give Isner and his team an advice. He has got to stop winning by getting to TB. He has to try more and harder to win sets before a TB. Yesterday I heard he made like 66 TB (don’t know for what period), but he has to try to avoid so many TB…..

    [Reply]

  9. Hi Ru-an, have a question, what are your thoughts on Isner’s tennis game? Find his tennis very uninspiring as all he does win his matches mainly on his asses especially in TB? Watched the Isner/Gulbis match last night, actually only saw the second set, Isner had already won the first in a TB, 7/6. How do you combat his play to avoid getting to a TB? He seems to win only with his asses that he whips out like bullets.
    Am anxious to see how the Djoko/Isner match will go today? Katyani has expressed her thoughts on Isner’s game, too.
    Thanks for you thoughts, Ru-an,
    Best,
    Dolores

    [Reply]

    Ru-an Reply:

    Hello Dolores, I find Isner the most boring player to watch together with Simon. Just terrible. The on is a serving machine and the other a pusher. Isner is not easy to break, so you can expect to play some tie breaks against him where you must take your chances. I’ll make a post now.

    [Reply]

  10. Hello Ru-an, I am sorry you are having a hard time. It’s not easy moving to a new place, takes time to feel “at home”. Hope it all falls into place soon and you feel good. It was hard watching Roger play for most of last year knowing he was in pain. He’s healthy again and playing beautifully which makes him and us happy. Roger is intelligent and very self aware of this stage of his career and what he may want from it. He wants to win and he’s all ready done so much that he can really just enjoy it all now. He’s all ready up to number 5, if he wins IW he will be number4. This would make his draws easier. Be well Ru-an and everyone.Looking forward to his match today and every time he puts a racket in his hands.

    [Reply]

    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Susan. Yeah things are quite different over here from what I’m used to, but I’m starting to feel more at home now. I hope you are well.

    [Reply]

  11. Roger schooled “the dog” today so I am pretty happy! Roger feels the Zen on the court so he is definitely calm, collected and very confident.

    That feeling doesn’t come early. It usually takes a lot of hard work, disappointing losses and finally that unrelenting desire to win at all costs, even if it’s ugly. But once you get there, you can ride the wave for a long time. It occurs in tennis and it occurs just the same in real life.

    We’ll see how tomorrow goes but if Roger wins tomorrow, then WOW!

    Roger always seems to come back with a bang. Allez Roger!

    [Reply]

    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Vily, I think Isner will beat Novak and lose to Roger tomorrow :-)

    And after all the hard work Roger put in in AO, he started number 8 and ended at number 8.

    Now in one tour he can go all the way to number 4.

    AGAIN, and people wanted him to retire last year……… don’t you guys ever learn??
    Never write the GOAT off :-)

    Nice to know that Isner will be top 10 anyway….

    [Reply]

    rahan Reply:

    Switzerland takes thefirst two places in the Live ATP Race (at least for 2 weeks)

    1
    Stanislas Wawrinka SUI 2380 – Lost in Indian Wells R16

    2
    Roger Federer SUI 2010 – Indian Wells F

    [Reply]

  12. Roger on his 6-3, 6-1 result:

    “It feels good winning again here so many matches,”

    “I think it’s nice winning anyway :-) “.

    “It just solves a lot of problems and makes you feel better, happier.”

    And now some headlines from the WWW:

    Roger Federer easily into final ESPN

    Federer reaches Indian Wells final AFP

    Federer rolls into final at BNP Paribas Open SI.com

    Federer wins easily to reach Indian Wells final The Decatur Daily

    Roger Federer romps into final in Indian Wells Sky Sports

    Federer advances to Indian Wells final Reuters UK

    Not so fast, Federer tells tennis young guns Times of India

    Roger Federer cruises to BNP Paribas Open final BBC

    Federer dismisses Dolgopolov in an hour ESPN.co.uk

    [Reply]

    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Rahan, last year these all newspapers, etc were tripping over each other to be the first to write Roger off and to say that he was kind of finished.
    What a couple of wins can do……

    [Reply]

    rahan Reply:

    Exactly for this reason I put here all these headlines. Who laughs last, laughs best.

    [Reply]

  13. Hi Ruan,
    Great post! Yeah it true mostly things always changes for Roger after USO ,starts thinking on his improvement as he changed Racket and hired Edberg which is being paying him off. Roger’s mental strength has been up this year and wants to prove himself & the critics wrong who where writing Roger off. Roger’s got the game to beat any guy but mental strength was lagging last yr but its been great this year may be we will see another resurgent Roger performancethis year as ”Roger said fans can count on”. Coming on to semi Roger played well against Alexander, stats wer gud BP conversions where gud more important match lasted just over an hr, Next up is Nole in Final.again serve will be key and aggresive play will favour Roger, bouncy surface winning against Nole ll be great and beating top 10 player again increase confident much again. Roger’s got gud shot at title and Making it 5title’s in IW.

    [Reply]

  14. Roger Federer, MASTER WIND PLAYER!!! It wasn’t Dolgo’s day. He was fighting two forces – the Master and the Wind. To make it worse, he couldn’t buy a first serve (although he won against Nadal serving in the 40’s)and Roger seems to relish playing these kind of players. They don’t bother him at all. Big hitters and flashy players tend to really bother Nadal whereas they don’t bother Roger as much. There were some incredible gets from Roger and he has reinvented (out of this world!) and reintroduced the lob back into his game. Roger is the only player who has not dropped a set in this tournament. I don’t wanna get ahead of myself but I hope he smacks Djoko in straights tomorrow. He is looking invincible again. Got his swagger back, so cool and calm, hungry and confident and really enjoying himself out there again; even more than in 2012, I feel. If he has another great serving day, he should do it. Only thing could be Roger may have already peaked while Djoko is just peaking. Djoko also said he was surprised by Roger’s play in Dubai but said he was more ready for it this time. If Djoko serves well and manages to drag Roger into rallies, it can get tricky for Roger. But looking at them now, Roger is the better player but then again, everyday is different, every match is different. However, after what I’ve seen so far from Roger, he’s not letting this go. He is riding on a huge wave of confidence and momentum and he looks like he wants to continue enjoying winning!! Latest news is that he would be playing Miami. I hope he doesn’t overtire himself and especially overwork the back!! If he wins IW and if he does well in Miami, Gosh! he would be shooting up the rankings, wouldn’t he?!! You know what, folks? If his back behaves for the next two years, we might be in for another Fed Express ride, a mini revival/Fed domination/Fed era! And if it happens, it would be an unprecedented historical event, more glorious, more profound, more satisfying than his 2004-2007 years!! Because with the new racket,(gosh! the bh is so solid and strong now!) good health, Stan/Edberg inspiration, new openness to change, Roger 4.0 is still a work in progress! Can perfection be perfected even further?! Scary, isn’t it?! Ha! Has anyone also noticed that Roger gets really lucky when Mirka is expecting??!!! He won 2 slams the last time she was pregnant! And just maybe 5 months into her pregnancy, Roger seems to be tearing through tournaments!! But I’m zen. Still, no expectations. One match at a time. One surprise at a time! Kom jetz Roger!!!

    [Reply]

  15. I’ll try to keep this short. Great match from Fed vs Dolgopolov, I was pretty concerned before the match, and when the first six games went with serve, I was definitely thinking we are in for a long night. But then Roger just goes into GOAT mode and wins 9 out of the last 10 games. I still can hardly believe the breadstick in the second set. Not to mention that lob retrieval followed by that passing shot!

    As far as tommorow goes, if Federer plays like he has for his last 3 matches, and Djoko plays like he did yesterday, Fed 6-4 6-4. If Novak improves (which he probably will), I still think Federer but 6-4 6-7 6-3. Also, if Federer wins tommorow, he goes back to the top 4, and will be leading the ATP Race To London on 2410 points, which is more than half of his points in the whole of 2013. And it’s still only March!

    [Reply]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *