Federer Wins 7th Wimbledon Title, Becomes Undisputed GOAT

The dream is complete. We did it Fedfans. He did it. This is for the fans who stayed loyal during the last couple of years. It has been a rough road, but the loyal ones hung in there and reaped the rewards. This is for you. I’m proud of Roger and I’m proud of you. What a triumphant day this is. It may be the best day I have ever had as a Fedfan. There have been so many ups and downs in the last two years or so and I wondered at times whether the light at the end of the tunnel was not a freight train coming our way. But it was the light of glory and triumph. Of completeness. Of peRFection.

I’m so glad I got to watch this match. I have had a setback here in the US and as usual Roger is there to inspire me and give me hope. For Roger, it has always been a quest for perfection, and this win pretty much achieves that goal. It all came together. There was an immense amount at stake here. Winning this one match made him tie Sampras with the most Wimbledon titles in history, tied him with Sampras for the most weeks spent at #1, and gave him an incredible 17 slam titles. It feels like 17 is the magic number, although I’m sure Roger will add at least one more slam to that. Probably at this year’s US Open.

When Roger won Wimbledon in 2009 I thought that feeling could not be topped. He had completed the career slam at the French Open that year too, which was very special as well. Then to break the slam record at Wimbledon was just peRFect. But this win may just top both those wins. Especially after the struggles of the last two years. This final had it all. There was Murray in the final who was the big British hope. The atmosphere was electric. The tennis was of a very high quality. The ending was very emotional. This was the best Wimbledon ever as far as I’m concerned. It had everything. It was meant to be.

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With everything that was at stake it was no surprise that Roger started out nervously. He dropped serve in the opening game. I could sense how worried Fedfans were, but I thought it was normal to be nervous on such a big day. Roger then broke back but got broken again at 5-4 to lose the first set. Tense times. Murray looked to be up for this challenge. The second set was tense because Roger could not afford to lose it. Murray had several break points at 2-2 and 4-4, which made it even more tense. But Roger hung in there and at 6-5 JesusFed showed up to break Murray even things up at a set all.

Then at 1-1 and 40-0 on Roger’s serve it started raining and the players had to leave the court so that the roof could be closed. It was both a good and bad thing for Roger. He was starting to gain some serious momentum and the rain gave Murray a chance to talk to his coach and regroup. On the other hand, Roger loves indoor conditions and that helped him in the third and fourth sets. Annacone may have told him to play more attacking in the break because he started going after the Murray second serve and attacked the net. The fact that he didn’t have to deal with the elements helped his serve as well.

At 3-2 in the third set, there was a very long game where Roger had six break points I think. He finally got the all important break which made him the heavy favorite to win the match. He held on and won the third set 6-3. He was now firmly in control of the match, although Murray was not just gonna give up. I don’t remember when Roger got the break in the fourth set, but I do remember him hitting a genius crosscourt backhand pass which got him the break. I also remember him making some genius drop volleys on the backhand. It was that X factor which once again proved to be too much for the opponent.

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It was a masterful performance on the biggest occasion on the biggest stage. Because that is what champions do. Murray played probably his best match ever, but Roger was just better. In the post match interview, things got very emotional. Murray was really struggling to make a speech. He started crying but pushed through. As much as I dislike Murray I felt for him and got teary eyed myself. You have to feel for a guy who gave it his all and lost in his fourth slam final. If you don’t then you are heartless because no one dislikes Murray more than me. I now want him to win a slam.

By crying he showed how much he cared and how frustrated he is with his inability to break through at slam level. I mean he really is trying hard and he is good enough to win a slam. It’s just that he is playing in an era with the best top three players in history. I used to always say Murray will never win a slam, but I now hope he does. And I think he can with a little bit of luck. I just loved that post match ceremony because there was so much emotion involved. Roger was classy as always saying he hoped that Murray wins a slam. The twins were there as well. I mean Roger really has it all. It was just peRFect.

Sampras now only holds one more important record, which is the six year-end #1’s. Roger has equalled the amount of weeks at #1 with this win and will surpass it as well. I think he really wants to hold on to #1 after everything he had to go through to regain it. I think he will end the year number one and equal Sampras’ last record. For me he is the favorite for the US Open now. And I would love for him to win a record 6th title there. He is now equalled with Agassi for most Australian Open wins and with Sampras for most Wimbledon wins. I would love for him to have the record for himself at one of the slams.

No one has won more than five US Opens and I believe Roger will do it this year. He has always loved playing there and got a bit unlucky in the last three years. It seems impossible that there is more for Roger to achieve now but until the end of the year he can achieve three more important goals. He can win the Olympic gold in singles, win a record 6th US Open, and equal Sampras’ record for most year-end #1’s. There is always more to achieve. But of course for Roger it’s not all about the records. It’s mostly about the love of the game for him. He will therefore keep playing as long as he can.

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He is so healthy and fit that he can play into his mid-thirties. With Roger there is a feeling of limitlessness. You just don’t know how much more he can achieve. Today he once again proved the doubters wrong, as he has done on countless occasions. Why people still doubt him is beyond me. But let them keep doing it. It makes the victories all the sweeter. I think Roger can now rightfully be called the GOAT. He is just shattering every record out there and making his own ones. He is playing in a very tough era and still winning slams and is world #1 again. It’s hard to compare eras, but I don’t think there is much doubt anymore.

And the journey is far from over…

 

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44 Comments

  1. As a Roger Federer fan i believe this has been the sweetest of wins. & Wimbledons, 17 slams and a return to number 1. I am still floating above the room. I am so happy you got to see the match Ruan, this was the one to see. Hope your set back is not a big one. I am so happy for Roger, his team and family and us his fans. For the record i would like to tell the negative press and Nole and Rafa fans, to Bite Me.Hahahahahahahaha, i can’t believe i said that, i am an old woman, hahahaha.

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  2. Forgot to express my awe in Rogers exquisite tennis today but i have been online talking about it since he won. I mean really, could we be any luckier.

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  3. He did it! Roger won his 7th Wimbledon Title, along with you, Ru-an, and millions of fans around the globe,
    we celebrate his achievement. What a Champion, he truly is a Champion of all champions.
    Thank you for your well-written tribute to Roger’s win.
    Hope your set-back is nothing serious, Ru-an, my best wishes are with you.
    Did feel a bit sorry for Andy Murray, like you said, hope he will be able to win a grand slam. He fought hard in today’s match.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Susan Reply:

    Thank You Dolores for mentioning Andy, another item i forgot. He played well and fought the good fight, i wish him well.

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  4. This is one of the happiest days of my life,next to my son being born. I am so proud of Federer and his accomplishments. This win today is historic and has shut the door on any arguments against Federer being the Greatest Of All Time. As JohnnyMac said that running backhand drop shot on the second set point was brilliant! I was nervous all the way going into the third set but after Roger won the third I knew it was over for Murray. I felt a little sad for Murray in the post match speech and it shows that he cares a lot about what he is doing and I have a feeling he is going to be a force to deal with in 2013 and so on. I think Murray is going to start dominating Djokovic and Nadal in the future as well. I think Federer needs play very carefully for rest of the year and try to gain as many more points as possible to keep his number one spot. Federer’s play against Murray in the third and fourth set were awesome and I believe that Federer was dominating in most of the rallies and really imposing his forehand and mixing it up not allowing Murray to reach his comfort zone. What a great championship! I am proud to be fedfan and I always believed in him. Congratulations to RF on his 17th. slam and his 7th Wimbledon and his ascension to number one.

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  5. Like Ruan, I never before liked Murray but I have to admit, I was crying when he started his speech. He played a brilliant match but looked mentally and physically done by the fourth. From now on I will not dislike Muzz and actually will root for him as long as Roger is not around.

    It was wonderful to see Roger attacking the net. Finally he listened to Annacone! And his volleying tonight was absolutely sublime. A truly great day to be a Federer fan.

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  6. After the match, my brother updated his facebook status as “Watched Lord of the courts and the Return of the king…” – I just liked the statement :-)
    Congrats Roger!!! Congrats to all of us!!!

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  7. Ru-an
    Great piece and I shared every bit of the sentiment as you. I dislike Murray for his game and thought he would never win a Slam but maybe now I want him to get one eventually.

    Also, wanna say I thoroughly enjoy your blog. I only discovered it a few days ago (where have I been?) and right away Fed won 17th! What a lucky charm.

    I hope Fed can keep up his form for the remaining of the year and we Fedfans can witness more record breaking glory! :-)

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  8. Roger is the Master and he did it! Seriously, I had my doubts and was worried for him but he did! He is the undisputed greatest athlete that ever lived! Not only the greatest tennis player but I think also the greatest athlete!

    Anyways, things are looking awesome for Federer! He is Number 1, he is Wimbledon Champion and he has 17 Grand Slams. He is just awesome! I do agree with Ru-an that we as FedFans haven’t felt like this since 2009. This is pure ecstasy! Roger can get the Olympic Gold and the US open but at this point these are all bonuses! He is just awesome!

    In terms of Andy I did feel bad for him and I will root for him anytime he plays any of the other players! He really deserves to win a GS and I do hope he does.

    But for right now Ivam still digesting these awesome news and the feeling that comes with it.

    I just can’t quite comprehend how Nadal and Djokovic ganged up on Roger and tried to take him out of the game for good and he proved them wrong! Not only did he bypass Nadal, but he bypassed Djokovic as well and restored order to the galaxy!

    Hail the King! Hail to Roger Federer!

    A proud Roger Federer Fan!

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  9. An extraordinary win, as you say, in so many ways. What also makes it so remarkable is that in the final he only played his best – most sublime – tennis in bursts. But it was enough. And what a statement.

    Who can now doubt that we have seen the greatest player ever to pick up a racket? The 7 wins by Nadal at Roland Garros seem to fade against the record-equalling 7 wins by Roger at Wimbledon – and a stupendous 17 slams. We may never see the likes of this again. And, incredibly, the story may not yet be over.

    Roger’s feats surely rank with the greatest sporting achievements of all time – like Ali regaining his title against Forman in Zaire in ’74, and Jordan clinching his record-breaking title in the NBA in the last 3 seconds of the final game.

    Allied to this we have in Roger a sportsman of impeccable grace. He is a warrior who seems to embody the chivalric code. In an age where these qualities are an increasingly rarity, and brute power has come to be synonymous with winning, he evokes another almost Arthurian age. What a gift. To all of us.

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    Bharata Reply:

    Great Ali reference. That’s the best analogy over all sports.

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  10. The roof closed, yet the heavens opened up for Roger Federer. He has now fulfilled his destiny. He has completed himself. He has finally reached the mountaintop again, after a long, searing journey through the wide, dark Valley of Doubt. Time and time again the Gods tested him, goaded him, even mocked him as They dangled Damocles’ sword menacingly above his head, through countless battles, just to see if he would break. But Roger Federer did not break—he refused to surrender in the grimmest hours against Benneteau and Malisse, then rose from those ashes with a glorious resurrection against the supposed Goliath from Serbia, only to have to contend with the rabid hopes and aspirations of an entire frustrated nation. But through it all he remained calm and unperturbed, his eyes fixed on the tantalizing Prize which grew nearer and nearer, and soon was within reach…. I will leave it others to describe his last glorious steps to the summit, after which the storm clouds parted, and the View was Clear and True, bringing tears to our hero’s eyes as he gazed proudly at his applauding, cherubic twin daughters (could they storm the gates of women’s tennis in 15 years?). Suffice it to say that one statistic shines brighter than all the others in this Final against the brave man from Britannia: Roger volleyed magnificently—he came to the net an astounding 68 times, and won 53 of those points! But why should that surprise us? The Maestro usually finds a way in the end. He is the Master Carpenter after all, who has merely to rummage for the perfect tool, then use it with a cool and expert precision…. So here we are again; another great tournament has come to an end. What more can we ask of this majestic champion? Nothing, I say—absolutely nothing. Yet we all know we will demand more, or at least wish for more: Olympic Gold, a record-shattering 6th U.S. Open, a victory over Nadal at the French, an 8th Wimbledon title, the Magic 20th Major—the list could go on and on…. Enough! Enough! I say. We should all just be grateful that Roger Federer’s long drought is over. He has slaked his thirst at last, and won a slam in his thirties, enabling him to regain the #1 ranking and surpass Sampras’ last meaningful record. The Heavens have indeed opened for the Swiss Magician. With this victory Roger Federer has set a new Gold Standard for generations to come. And he may not even be finished—that is the sweetest part. Still, let us henceforth look upon him with a kind and proud smile on our lips, no matter may befall him in the future—for that is how the Gods regard him now. And who are we to argue with the Gods?

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    anewor Reply:

    Luv luv luv!!!

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  11. A long wait finally begets a fruitful end. CONGRATZZZ ROGER! If he were to retire 2 yrs ago, he would still be the GOAT. We are truly blessed to be Fedfans. We of course still hope for more glory, but just to see him play this game with unparallelled beauty is already a blessing. The losses hurt, but for the last 2 years, I’ve been trying to just enjoy watching his game… looking for the glimpses of genius that’s still there. How rewarding it was to see such glory last night.

    In some respects, Roger 3.0 is even more beautiful than Roger 1.0. See those ridiculous dropshots, slice passes, ferocity at the net? Such a treat! It’s the result of hardwork Roger has been doing w/ Annacone. I’m hoping that Roger 3.0 will be consistent and perhaps cement a new paradigm in tennis. As one article said: Roger’s game is TIMELESS.

    As for the rest of the year… of course as a big fan I hope Roger will pullout an Olympic gold win and US Open win, but I’m not attached to those. It will be absolutely great if he can get those, but it will still be great if he doesn’t. I just hope for his game to flourish more and for him to be healthy. The back is indeed a concern, but he’s an intelligent athlete. He’ll resolve those issues to get in shape for the biggies.

    And by the way… now that he’s no. 1, how will this affect Djoko & Nadal’s approach to the rest of the season? One interesting thought would be for them to push too much and punish their bodies even more. We shall see… it’s definitely an intriguing last third of the season.

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  12. Got this from Jon Wertheim’s page. It’s very nice:

    A Federer’s Fan’s Prayer

    Our Federer, who art in Wimbledon,
    Glory be thy name,
    Thy #1 ranking come,
    Thy win be done,
    This fortnight, and also on august.
    Give us these wins, our daily prayer,
    And forgive us for asking so much of you,
    As we forgive those who doubt and belittle you.
    Do not bring us less than the championship and the gold,
    And deliver us from ghosts of losses past.
    Amen.

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  13. Thanks Ru-an for inspiring Fed fans to keep the faith in Roger alive. I believe that our prayers greatly helped RF achieve this dream. Compared to Nadal and Djokovic, Murray seems to be more sincere and genuine in his praise for Roger. His attitude when playing against Roger is not annoying. Murray will now be my second favorite in the next GS events. I hope he becomes a better player than Nadal and Djokovic. Thanks everyone for supporting Roger. I am happy to know that I share this feeling of great satisfaction and happiness with millions of Fed fans.

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  14. Ru-an, thank you for posting so soon. I’m glad you got to watch this match and I hope things work out for you in the US. You’ve provided a great forum for Federer fans to gather and share their thoughts on this, one of the most momentous victories in his amazing career.

    LIke Federer himself said, this win will take some time to digest. What does it mean? He extends his own Grand Slam record to an unthinkable 17. He is now on par with the great Pete Sampras as the most successful Wimbledon champion ever. He is #1 again and will match, and most likely surpass, Sampras’ record of total weeks at #1. But it doesn’t seem like that’s all there is to the story.

    He wept as he fell to the ground after the last point, and I wept with him. The image that remains engraved on my mind is that of Federer sitting in his chair afterwards, his dark eyes full of tears, silently contemplating what he just accomplished.

    Murray’s speech was moving (I wept for him) and for someone who is carrying the burden of a whole nation’s expectations he handled himself very well. He won many fans today, including me. By the quality of his play and his clear dedication to the game, he proved himself worthy of a Grand Slam title, but there was only one problem, he was up against Roger Federer. Any other opponent he would have beaten, even Djokovic and Nadal.

    Watching Murray today, I can only imagine that Federer’s opponents (save perhaps Nadal) must sometimes feel as if they’re playing against the very embodiment of tennis itself. Everything that can possibly be done on a tennis court, Federer does, and he does it all perfectly and at just the right times. What can a merely great tennis player like Murray hope to do against that?

    If Federer weren’t such a nice, down-to-earth person, it might be frightening and a little inhuman to witness it. But we know that it is the purest expression of a champion’s heart, will, and mind, allied with all his tremendous skills and lifelong training and discipline, and all the long experience of playing in so many matches.

    Perhaps the reason Roger Federer seemed so pensive, almost somber, in victory was that realized he outdid himself today, and it will take him some time to come to terms with that and understand what it means. He is not a man easily taken aback, certainly not by what he himself does on a tennis court, and yet he seemed a little in awe of what he did.

    Artists don’t always completely understand what they have created. They simply create and leave the interpretation of their creation up to everyone else. So too with Federer’s 17th Grand Slam victory.

    It’s hard to ennumerate all the factors that went into this achievement. For one thing, it’s been a long road from AO 2010 to here–many tough and close losses last year and this year.

    He’s trained for nearly two years with Annacone to become more aggressive, to bring more variation into his game. And that he has done–he came to net 68 times in this match, winning 53 of the points, and approached and volleyed almost flawlessly. He brought back the attacking style of grass court tennis, suitably adapted to the baseline era, against one of the elite baseliners of the modern game, a cunning counterpuncher whose anticipation and dexterity allow him to easily pass and lob many of the best volleyers on the tour.

    Perhaps he has reached a new phase of maturity in his personal life. Perhaps the fact that his daughters are watching him play for a Grand Slam title, may be old enough now to realize, vaguely, what their father does for a living, and maybe even to remember some small part of it later, is spurring him on to greater heights.

    There are so many more things that went into this victory, not all of them known to us. All we know is that many small streams have merged together to become a great river, and it is not now easy to see where they joined.

    I don’t think we’ve seen tennis like this before–not even from the Roger Federer of 2004-06. That guy played amazing tennis, but what the Roger Federer of 2012 is doing is something else entirely.

    Watching this phase of his career has been inspiring. Because of his love of the game, he would not rest on his laurels. Despite being the most decorated player ever, he continued to seek to improve his game and scale greater heights. He believed he could do more–he knew he could do more, and he was determined to do more. He had faith in his star, and he followed it despite all the doubters, critics, and naysayers.

    For two years, he labored mightily through adversity and the bitterest of defeats, sure in his serene belief that at the end he would find what he was looking for, and finally brought forth something new over this fortnight. His perseverance and commitment despite all his success and in the face of the toughest obstacles is a triumph of the human spirit.

    A man of almost 31 to outdo two of the world’s best players, men five years his junior, including the world #1 and defending champion? Impossible, we would say, and yet he has done it.

    Once, a twentieth-century statesman asked another what the meaning of the French Revolution was. His colleague replied, “It’s too soon to tell.” So I would say when people ask what Federer’s 17th major title means–it’s far too soon to tell.

    It will take at least a year to begin to understand the implications of what Federer did today. But I think it is the beginning of a new chapter. Let us look forward to the remaining years of Federer’s career; win or lose, he has forged an imperishable legacy and whatever he does can only add to it.

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    jason Reply:

    A thoroughly moving, encompassing, and inspired post, Steve. Yes, Roger’s victory yesterday is a triumph of many things… some of them are higher than just tennis.

    I totally agree on your assessment on the 2012 Roger bringing something else entirely. And it’s something beautiful. If I am to describe it, to me it’s like the Sampras-adapted version to fit the state of tennis nowadays. Way more attacking than his golden days. Perhaps what we’re seeing is Roger showing the future of tennis. That tennis can be way more than the dull baseline bashing, topspin moonball madness, headless chickens running frantically side-to-side. The tennis we know is so much more beautiful than that. Let’s have the beautiful tennis again.

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  15. Congrats to Federer,his team and his fans! In 2010 after Federer relegated to number two Navratilova was asked if Federer could regain number one ranking and she had replied negatively. Many so called pundits dismissed Federer’s chance of returning to number one. That has become a reality.How fast the people forget that Federer has won 14 grand slams in 6 years (2004-2009)and he is definitely better than his idol Sampras who had to play for thirteen years to win the same number of GS. Yet the so called pundits try to underrate his achievements. In 2005, on crutches a few days before the tennis match Federer managed to reach and almost win the Masters’cup .This time around he was stiff in the back against Malisse and even in the final he seemed suffering from back pain and in light of these adverse conditions he managed to win Wimbledon. Somebody in some article suggested after Malisse match that it is a deja vu (already seen?) referring to the event of 2004 Wimbledon when he had similar problem and he had hardly managed to overcome back problem against F. Lopez and had gone on to win against Andy Roddick in the final. What a forecast! And by the way Federer has won the Wimbledon title 4 times out of total of 7 against this or other Andy.Interesting, isn’t it?

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  16. Was cheering for the Return of the Reign of the Thirtysomes and Repeat winners. Roger and Serena again as winners. Good for us oldies!

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  17. Hey Guys,

    I, for one, never doubted him. The way he explained himself, that perhaps he wasn’t agressive enough in the past, and then lost, tells us, he never left. He was trying different things, and the formula wasn’t working. Well, it sure is working now. Can you imagine the confidence this guy must have right now. He destroyed the former, and I do say, former #1 player, and frustrated Murray. What a day. Now, I must admit, I got misty eyed there at Andy’s speech. If it wasn’t for friends being around, there would have been tears for the guy. 4 slams, and Federer breaks his heart. What a class act at the end to console the man. I too want Murray to win a few, but like you, if Federer is on the other end of the court,,,,,sorry Andy. You will get your day, and all the best to you against Nadal, and Djoker. Gosh, this is better than I thought. Very happy Fed Fan. G

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  18. And what was so relieving was to see a finals where the racquets made more noise than grunts ;-)
    it was a marvellous match.. What i loved best about Roger Federer in this tournament was his mental strength. The way he handled Bennetau and his injury was too good. It was this mental strength that won him the wimbledon and brought him back to the top of the mountain, and it is this mental strength that will keep him going for atleast 2 more years on the top!!!

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  19. Fed 3.0 indeed, loved how Fed proved his doubters wrong. Throughout the 2 weeks there was some pretty hairy moments with bad back and 2 sets down etc. Two things are very evident – his sheer determination and mental strength to win SW19. There is a new level of maturity and patience in him. Fatherhood does him good, he is more patient, calmer than before. I liked his updated 3.0 controlled aggression, unlike a few years ago whereby he will be trigger happy leading tons of shanks. His work is far from over, with slim lead for Djoker. I hope he does not over exert himself as come Olympics, there will be 5 weeks straight of continous tennis till USO. Go Fed!

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  20. Terrific piece, Ruan! – it really captures the essence of Roger’s grace and timeless achievement. The comments from your readers are inspiring as well. I just feel so lucky to count myself a fan of Roger.

    One of my favorite things about him, from a very long list indeed, is that Roger so strongly and purely LOVES tennis. Loves to play it, loves to make people happy watching him play it….and everything else associated with it. And best of all, as one of the commentators said on ESPN yesterday, tennis loves Roger back.

    Thanks too for your sympathatic words for Murray – I’ve actually always liked him to a degree. And I would have been pulling for him versus anybody else on the planet. I hope he can win some slams….preferably at Nadal’s expense :-) :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks AF. Roger’s loves for tennis is indeed what stands out and why he stays so motivated. I am also pulling for Murray these days to win a slam. I can identify with his feelings of failure and frustration.

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  21. Ru-an, this is definitely one of my favorite posts from your blog. What a day yesterday was! Roger Federer is my idol for many reasons, but the number one reason for me has to be that he always stayed positive and really worked hard for what he really wanted to achieve.

    I was watching Breakfast at Wimbledon before the match began yesterday, and there was a little video on Roger about how he needed to win Wimby or hope would be totally lost and people will really write him off, and I partly agreed. I would never write Roger off, but I feel like Wimbledon was really important for him to win, as it was so rare to get such a great opportunity (Nadal being upset in the earlier rounds, and Roger beating Novak in the semis so he had a chance to reclaim #1). I know that beating Murray in the final wasn’t easy, as he was the home favorite and was playing the slam final of his life. But people forget that Roger has been working towards this day for a while now, and he didn’t just win Wimbledon out of the blue. Ever since his loss at the US Open 2011, he made some chances. He took a long break, recollects himself, works hard, and what happens? He picks up 3 consecutive titles, and carries his new form into the 2012 season where he wins a 250 event, a 500 event, and two masters events on historic blue clay and one of the biggest masters, Indian Wells.

    Roger has been playing amazing in the last year, and this 7th Wimbledon could not have come at a better time. Roger even said so himself that he had to make some difficult changes, and look at where he’s ended up! I never had any doubt that Roger could bring himself back to where he belongs. I think at 30 going on 31, it’s a great feeling. To go from being completely dominant to playing in his rivals shadows to pick up a record 17th slam at this time of his career, is probably the sweetest slam, yet. For once, Roger was cruising under the radar, and he couldn’t be in a better place than he is right now. Roger proved everybody wrong once again, and I can’t thank him enough for it.

    But also, I need to say this too, Andy was never one of my favorite players, but I totally agree, it was very emotional, and I too hope that he can someday win a slam. It was a great road to the finals for him, and I know it’s hard to not be upset about losing in a slam final for the 4th time, but these are good experiences for him, and when he finally lifts that slam, it’ll all be worth it.

    And cheers onto the Olympics! Hopefully Roger can bring his new confidence back to London, and at least get his hands on a singles metal, preferably gold! I’m so looking forward to the rest of his season after this great accomplishment.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Good comment Kelsey and thank you. I appreciate you as a reader.

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  22. You call yourself a Federer fan. What I find funny is that in fact you don;t take Federer himself serious.

    GOAT? Completely rubbish. And guess what? Federer (and I believe him to be sincere about this and I have THE UTMOST respect for Roger because of this, he is my favorite player at the moment? agrees:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/18764325

    “I don’t feel better than anyone, because we need past champions to pave the way for our generation and we have become very professional,” he said.

    “They have led the way and inspired myself and other players to chase the big records out there. Back in the day they weren’t doing that, they were just playing to play tennis. Things have changed dramatically with the press reminding us ‘you should do this and win that and you’ll be considered the greatest of all time’.
    “And anyway I don’t think you can compare different eras in tennis.”

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  23. A round of applause for Murray. He fought impressively, returned almost every ball (much better than Djokovic), served fine 1st-serves and stayed composed to the end.
    Prior to AO2010 I always felt Murray thinks he’s better the Federer and that Federer had a lot of luck in his dominance years. He disrespected him, maybe because of his wins early on against Federer (starting at Cincinnati 2006).
    So, I didn’t like him much.
    However it changed after the AO2010 defeat to Federer in the final when with tearful eyes he said the timeless words “I can cry like Federer but I can’t play like him” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7GECIxXZEs&feature=g-hist).
    Since then I really want him to give a fight to Nadal/Djokovic and win some titles. Go Andy.

    As for Federer, what else can be said? It’s a fairy tale. I’m very curious how he can motivate himself further after that peak.
    (Ruan, let me suggest a new post to discuss where does Federer goes from here)

    One last point. You probably remember Navratilova saying Federer won’t get back to #1 (http://gototennis.com/2011/03/24/federer-responds-to-navratilovas-prediction-that-he-will-never-be-number-1-again/)
    Well, they met at the Tennis Channel studio after the win and I waited for him to rub it in her face but he is such a gentleman of course… check out what happened after the interview:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW1TAAU9OWU&feature=youtu.be

    Top class.

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    Susan Reply:

    This interview was great, one one of the best really. He is so candid.

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    TD Reply:

    Totally agree. I also liked the ‘behind the scenes’.

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  24. To witness our maestro give such a performance was truly remarkable. The sheer self belief and determination, not just in the final but when he was having trouble during the early rounds – still remember his stone face and MTO in the match against Malisse, two sets down to Benneteau – his belief never wavered. I feel so so so lucky and privileged I managed to watch every match this year at WImbledon that Roger plays and this will be a tournament I remember forever. The final – the atmosphere was absolutely crazy but Roger did not get distracted or anything by the pro Murray crowd, he kept his cool and focus, changed his tactic a bit mid way through and raised his level to get the job done.

    Ru-an, you are absolutely right that this one feels special. This one is very sweet. I am not sure which one is sweeter – this or Roland Garros 2009. I felt like I went through the same ‘struggles’ as Roger did over the past few years – I witnessed almost every single painful loss that Roger endured in slams since 2008 – the rubbing in RG 2008, that ‘greatest match of all time’ in wimby 2008, the previous two USO opens when Roger had two match points, the previous two QF losses at Wimbledon, and last year’s French Open final when Roger played his best tennis in RG for years and came so close yet so far. If as a fan I was so heart broken, imagine what it must be like for our champ.

    But Roger stuck around and I’m glad I did as well. Roger 3.0, bring it on!

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  25. Enthusiasm is a fine thing but some of these comments are approaching the blogger’s in length. How about a little bit of self-editing?

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    Chris Reply:

    Do you think so? I really enjoy reading the comments of Steve, Dave, Balthazar, yours, and all the others who want to share thoughts and feelings here. And those who don’t enjoy reading these comments, I would expect them, well, not to read them ;-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Exactly Chris. One of the reasons this blog is so popular is because of the comments. I don’t have time to read them all but I know the many readers like to read them. I like to think my posts are pretty good but my readers add value here. If people don’t have time to read everything then they can just read my post. There is no need to complain.

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  26. Roger was simply way better in all counting crucial moments after the first set… too fabulous to beat and FED really !!!! -> did teach a lessons to such biased ‘pseudo-tennis-writer-popes’ à la Bodo, Garber, Tigor & Co., all US-American and all on a mission to try to diminish his LEGEND since years now. And how IRONIC & filled with SCHADENFREUDE, ha, to read & watch – how all of them choke on their very own spite… in their ‘experts-Wimbledon-aftermaths’! Anyway, poor Andy Murray, really he couldn’t have done much any different to win his first Grand Slam, though he told the tennis-world… it won’t be a waiting in vain, his time will come… probably not at Wimbledon at first or ever(but who knows) but USO & AO listen: Here I come !!

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  27. I don wanna tell anything abt the victory as everyone said enough abt roger & his incredible achievements. im still basking in the glory of no.17, However i felt fr murray & now i need him to win a GS title when Roger not in the final. Hats off to you andy, you can be a prince, don feel for faling to a King. Djokovic & Murray are done. Mission next – Rafael Nadal. Come on Roger. you can do it. Thanx fr all..

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  28. Hi Ruan,

    I stumbled upon your blog on Twitter, I guess.
    Anyway, I am still over the moon about Roger’s 7th Wimbledon title, 17th GS title, 75th Singles title and most recently, 287 weeks at the top spot. There’s just so much happening good things happening and as Fedfans, we can’t help but feel so much pride and joy for this. :-)

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