There are inevitable events that we refuse to prepare for. It’s very painful. The announcement of Roger Federer’s retirement is undoubtedly one of them. No one could have imagined what tennis would be like without the Swiss. But now we have to face the facts. The Swiss said stop, after winning 20 Grand Slam titles in his nearly 25-year career. Before the final strokes of the master racket, 20 Minutes from Friday during the Laver Cup devotes a series of articles to what will remain the legend of the game. The first episode this Monday is our readers’ homage to Rodgeur’s massive career. .
There are many ways to suffer. Some people need to talk over and over again to drain the overflow of emotion, while others can only string a few words together and get a knot in their throat. Saying goodbye to someone is first and foremost an inner journey. So of course, we’re just talking about the sporting death of a man, but when it comes to Roger Federer, everything always happens in disproportionate proportions. Being such a talented, elegant player, the Swiss made an impression beyond the tennis world. Many of our readers wanted to contribute to this tribute article. Each in their own way.
“Respect. The best,” says Marylin, one of the humble people. In this case there are a few like Anne (“just the Best”) or François: “Federer will continue to be the greatest player of all time. Absolute class. Maybe more to say Rodgeur’s career speaks for itself, with 20 Grand Slam titles, a total of 103 ATP titles, more than 1,300 victories on the track and 310 cumulative weeks in the world No. 1 ranking. There is no equivalent in Switzerland’s gaming history.
Some were lucky enough to see him play. Sometimes very young, like Jean-Pierre, who brings up a memory from the early ’90s, he hits the ball. He was already impressive and I always had that image of him,” she wrote to us. Serge, former regional technical advisor to FFT, “had the pleasure of watching him live several times”. We can tell from his expression that he has never enjoyed watching tennis so much. “It was beyond anything you can see in a champion,” he says.
Among the fans there are several categories. Weighty ones, with a height of sight worthy of His Majesty. Take, for example, Pierre, who sent us a short paragraph that fits perfectly with the image of Basel’s ideal son-in-law. “A champion with a great sense of play, graceful, fair play, sober, warm, combined with a good guy, a great image, giving us some great times,” he writes. Bravo and regards. “We will also remember Laurence’s word, which evokes an outstanding player at every level”. “His technique, sportsmanship, courtesy and track record make him an amazing champion who will mark his era and go down in sports history,” he praises. Just thank Roger Federer for allowing us to have extraordinary moments. »
And then there are the kind of fanatical fans who can skip their own mother’s birthday to see the master in action. Our champion in this category will remain the Damien we dreamed of in tears when he heard the news on Thursday. “When Federer was playing, I was screaming, crying, singing, hoping, screaming, stressing. Reader, no athlete has ever made me feel this way. When the TV turned off, I moved on, but I felt like a family member was playing with Federer. I followed him on the spot. These were magical moments that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Courage for the future, Damien.
We’ve uncovered some fine examples of another genre that might be called archivists. We’re talking about people who occasionally watch a short video of a big victory for Rodgeur during the lunch break or between two slides of Jean-Michel’s latest PowerPoint presentation in the office. Their leader: Julien, who should know the Fed’s career better than the Fed itself.
Instead, the judge said: “He’s my idol. His 2004 final against Hewitt in the USA surprised me and inspired an unquenchable passion for tennis. I cried when he won Roland in 2009. Thank you ❤️ against djoko in 2011 for being huge and offensive in the first months of 2017 and unplayable from 2005-2006-2007! Wim 2019 remains heartbreaking but at 37 he beat Nadal by half and dominated a giant Djoko who should have won in the final. Matches that have marked me: 2009 against Del Potro at the Australian Open, in 2006 against Blake at the Masters, against Murray) Wim in 2015, against Nadal in Miami in 2017. And then the Wimbledon 2008 and 2019 finals, defeats but sensational. MYTH ! »
The catalog is complete. Jean-Marc, who is also a good expert, doesn’t quote much, but catches the details. “I remember his victory over Nadal at the Australian Open 2017. He’s back after a 6-month hiatus, hasn’t won a Grand Slam since 2012 and beat the Spaniard in the Major final for the first time since 2007. He beat Djokovic in the final at Wimbledon 2019. 40-15 serve, two match points. If he could replay those two points, 99/100, he would win. “As we wrote in this article last week, it’s this kind of defeat that also magnifies Switzerland’s trajectory.
…and your fan’s GOAT
Finally, there are fans who no longer know how to stop. Those who need to empty everything to fill the void that will inevitably settle. Without knowing Roger Federer, Tristan paved a 3,000-character pavement to describe the unique bond that was woven with him. A kind of testimony on the border between magnificent and frightening was present in the daily life of so many Swiss. To the point of seeing him as “a friend I’ve never met”. “It describes Tristan, the one who logs into all my passwords, spends twice a day on Google, communicating with friends far away by sharing articles or videos. Sometimes I even see that I have the same approach as you, I realize that these moments when I think of you are quite illogical and I don’t care. »
But wait, the best is yet to come. His dedication goes so far as to interfere with the choice of his children’s first name. He continues, speaking directly to his idol: “My eldest daughter’s name is Rose (that name obviously appeals to you), my son’s name is Côme, and I wanted Rodgeur as a third name. My wife grumbled because I wanted to put her middle name “on”. he knew, which would lead to Come On Rodgeur, while stating that “this is a “true story.” As it turns out, Federer accompanied every moment of Tristan’s life watching his games. [son] on the couch, on the train, in his room, in the office”, who talks about himself “to everyone”, who has three biographies in his library and a novel dedicated to the Swiss and “just eats” [ses] pasta “. true story, once again. The worst part (or best?) is that we’re sure there are lots of Tristans all over the world. Don’t ask them what they’re going to do next weekend.