Roger Federer Vows To ‘Lead By Example’ In Tennis
As one of the most decorated players in the history of tennis, Roger Federer has a mission he wants to achieve – to inspire millions.
Few can dispute Federer’s place as one of tennis’ greatest athletes of all time. Last month he became the first man to win a record eighth Wimbledon trophy and his 19th grand slam title overall. So far in his career, the 36-year-old has played in 141 ATP finals, winning 93 titles.
The benchmarks that have been set by Federer has generated high admiration from his fellow opponents. In this week’s Rogers Cup, he made a winning start by defeating Peter Polansky 6-2, 6-1, with ease. Shortly after the defeat, the Canadian was seen taking three balls from the court. The reason? He wanted them as a souvenir for his friends. Another example of Federer’s significance in the men’s game.
“I did sign those three tennis balls that he did get. He asked me for his friends. They asked if they could bring back a souvenir.” Federer recounted after the match.
Relishing in his seemingly never ending popularity, Federer knows that he is in a powerful position. Like the other members of the ‘big four,’ he has the ability to inspire and influence the next generation of the sport. Something that he takes very seriously.
“I try to lead by example, have respect for everybody, not just the players, but whoever buys a ticket, lines-people, umpires, ballboys, the girls and the kids, everybody who makes the tournament possible for all of us.”
It isn’t just the younger players hoping to emulate him, it is the older generation too. After missing six months of the tour in 2016 due to a knee injury, Federer returned as strong as ever. He has already won two Masters and two grand slam titles in 2017. Furthermore, he has only lost two matches this season, in which he had match points in both of them.
The run has earned praise from tour veteran David Ferrer, who will play Federer in the third round in Montreal.
“He has reinvented himself and the regularity he has maintained is very difficult to achieve.” Ferrer told Spanish website Marca in May.
An icon in the sport, this summer we see the world No.3 bid to reclaim the top spot in the Emirates Rankings. Which Nadal could beat him to, if he reaches the semifinals of the Rogers Cup this week.
Federer will play Ferrer at approximately 14:30 local time on Thursday (UTC-5). He currently dominates their head-to-head 16-0.