Roger Federer is loved by his fans for numerous qualities that make him stand out from competitors like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. He is the greatest sportsperson the world has ever seen. His is ranked with the likes of all time greats like Muhammad Ali, Pele, Michael Jordan, Sachin Tendulkar and many other great athletes.
But what makes Roger Federer a source of inspiration and why does he gains so much admiration amongst his fans?
He owns most of the tennis records or ranks in the in the top 3 of each one of them. Some of them being the tennis player to win most slams, consistently ranking No 1 for most weeks, winning consistency in Grand Slams and most importantly never retired amidst a live game.
But apart from these major records, he possesses the following qualities that make him one of the greatest of all times a.k.a. GOAT.
The Never Give Up Mindset
Roger Federer was injured during the year 2013. He struggled a lot during his matches and lost in early rounds which also lowered his rankings. But the thought of retiring never came to his mind even after repeated questions and criticisms in press meets and social media. He lost three Slams to despite giving tough challenge and being unlucky at times.
He patiently waited and played 4.5 years without winning a slam from 2012 to 2017 and finally made a comeback by beating Rafael Nadal in 5 sets and winning his 18th Slam. We can’t even imagine how difficult it would be to play 5 years of tennis without a slam and he was still in his mid 30s. But his patience and consistency is what differentiates him from other players and makes him stand out of the competition.
Practicing a calm demeanor
Roger Federer is one of the good-tempered athletes and is respected by his peers, fans, sports analysts and even his top competitors for him calm nature. The Swiss Maestro is an extremely pleasant person and has never made headlines for publicity mistakes or controversies during his entire career.
We can all visualize his smiley face and he is always well-groomed and eloquent in his communication. Roger can also speak five languages fluently, which is an additional reason he gels so well with fans around the world.
In an age when many sports stars are caught up in controversies, Roger Federer has managed to keep a impeccable and clean image. This has attracted dozens of endorsement deals with big companies like Rolex, Mercedes, Nike and Wilson.
Work Life Balance
Although pretty uncommonly seen in sports, Roger has been able to strike a perfect balance with his sports and family life. The marriage with his lovely wife Mirka has worked out perfectly. We have seen Mirka Federer seated courtside in all his matches to support him. We have seen their bond growing stronger since the beginning of his career and the couple now is now a happy family with four children.
It appears that most male tennis players are one-woman type guys and so is Roger Federer. He has been loyal to Mirka ever since they met and I believe having the solidity of her as his partner and manager has allowed him to flourish in the game. His loyalty and devotion to his family is another reason for his popularity amongst his fans
Becoming a master in the field
When it comes to game technique, no other tennis player moves and hits the ball as elegantly as Roger Federer. While most other players seem exhausted during the game, Roger makes tennis look effortless with his skilled footwork. This is also one of the reasons for Roger’s prolonged existence and endurance in the game.
If we observe his footwork, we’ll notice its pure textbook. Continuous and consistent practice has made him a master of technique and he makes even the unattainable movements possible. This strong grip on technique has also helped him preserve his physique throughout his career.
His footwork, combined with presence of mind during a match, has allowed him to remain at the peak of the tennis world for past two decades. Roger’s style is a treat to the eyes and all his strokes are spectacular to watch.
Gracefully accepting successes and failures
In the early days of his career, Roger Federer had a bad temper and even broke some rackets. But he quick enough to acknowledge his limitations, work upon his slip-ups and accept losses with grace. The Roger Federer we know now is a completely different person and this quality has also won him the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award several times.
Even though Federer carries himself with exemplary mannerism on the court, he is not a stoic. Roger does show his emotion by pumping his fist when he thinks he is doing well. This is perfectly acceptable and required to keep the player and his fans motivated during the game. Roger’s humility while accepting his defeat and grace of accepting his victory is one of the reasons his fans love him.
Undying passion and commitment
One of the most appealing aspects of Roger Federer is his love for the game. You can see he worships tennis more than any other player. And when you are the greatest of all time in the game, why would you want to stop?
Although Roger has family life and more commitments than ever before, he is aging, but his age hasn’t stopped him from continuing to battle and maintain his highest levels in the game.
Giving back to the community
Roger Federer is one of the most bighearted tennis players when it comes to charitable causes. He has found the Roger Federer Foundation in 2003 which has been primarily working to support children in South Africa and Switzerland.
His has raised millions of dollars for charity over the past decade. These funds are directly utilized for supporting and educating poor children in adverse environments or situations.
Roger is also generous with his time and helping his long-time competitor Rafael Nadal when he opened his tennis academy in Mallorca, Spain. Roger has also helped a number of people financially and has refrained from getting any publicity or media limelight.
There are a lot of qualities to learn from the greatest of all times Roger Federer. We have gathered a collection of his motivational quotes which are a reflection of his personality and will also inspire you to be a greatest of all times in your field..
Roger Federer Quotes
- I’m a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me the most in difficult moments.
- When you do something best in life, you don’t really want to give that up – and for me it’s tennis.
- I have learnt to be even more patient.
- What I think I’ve been able to do well over the years is play with pain, play with problems, play in all sorts of conditions.
- You always want to win. That is why you play tennis, because you love the sport and try to be the best you can at it.
- Sometimes you have to accept that a guy played better on the day than you.
- We can’t always agree on everything.
- Early in my career, I struggled with consistency, but I couldn’t get more consistent than this year.
- Obviously, matches and all that stuff takes its toll on your body and so forth. But as you get sort of a bit older, a bit wiser, and a bit more experienced, you know also how to handle it.
- I always had the dream that, once I became No 1 in the world, that if I had a child I hoped I would have it early enough so the child can see me playing.
- Clearly, when you win everything, it’s fun. That doesn’t necessarily mean you love the game more.
- I can’t stay No. 1 for fifty years, you know. We’ll see what happens.
- Having twin girls is a life changer – that’s for sure. But I like getting up and changing diapers. It’s the things you do.
- I used to get nervous, you know if my parents would come watch. And then I would get nervous if my friends came and watched. Today it’s not a problem anymore actually, because now I enjoy it. I see that they, you know, respect me immensely, and I try to put on a good show and show that I can still play very good tennis.
- My favorite shot is always gonna be the forehand. It used to always be my favorite shot when I was young, so it’s the one I’ve won all the points with.
- For me, it’s important that a fan can buy something that is related to me. Like in soccer, you buy a shirt and it’s got somebody’s name on the back. That’s kind of a cool thing.
- When I won in 2003, never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would win Wimbledon and have my kids seeing me lift the trophy, so this is pretty surreal. And yeah, I was almost shocked in the moment that it all came together so nicely.
- I’ve always been aware that the image you patiently construct for an entire career can be ruined in a minute. It scares you a bit, but that’s the way things are.
- I don’t mind fans coming up in a friendly, respectful way. That’s all part of the fun of being a top tennis player. But if people take pictures without permission, particularly if my children are in the shot, I feel uncomfortable.
- I am extremely proud and honoured to have beaten Pete’s record as he was my childhood hero and I have always looked up to him.
- My dad said if you become a tennis professional just make sure you get into the top hundred, because you have to make a little bit of money. You make a living so you can pay your coaching and, you know, your travels.
- The serve, I think, is the most difficult, you know, in terms of coordination, because you got the two arms going, and you got to toss it up at the right time so.
- The serve, I was too young and too small and… not enough powerful to have a good serve when I was young, so my forehand was always my signature shot. So I used to always run around my backhand, you know, use my forehand as much as I could, and so that’s why I think it’s my strength also today, you know.
- You know, I don’t only play for the record books.
- I feel a bit awkward playing in a red shirt out at Wimbledon. But I don’t dislike it.
- But so far I have the feeling that the chances are there to repeat last year’s season.
- I had set a goal with my team to try and get back to the top of the rankings, but I never thought with the depth in the game this year that I would have been able to get it back so quickly.
- When I think of the Olympics I only think of good things. I think of what a great event it is and what it has done for me and my career, and changed my personal life, too.
- I enjoyed the position I was in as a tennis player. I was to blame when I lost. I was to blame when I won. And I really like that, because I played soccer a lot too, and I couldn’t stand it when I had to blame it on the goalkeeper.
- This year I guess I decided in the bigger matches to take it more to my opponent instead of waiting a bit more for the mistakes. Yeah, this is I guess how you want to win Wimbledon, is by going after your shots, believing you can do it, and that’s what I was able to do today.
- Being a husband is for me as big a priority as being a father.
- Before, I guess, mum and dad were everything, but now, in my case, I had two new girls and all of a sudden they’re completely dependent on you and there’s a third generation. It’s a funny shift all of a sudden. You have the babies, you have yourself and then you have your parents.
- I am now the Wimbledon champion, and I think that gives me even more confidence coming to the Olympics. And maybe in some ways, it maybe takes some pressure off the Olympics, because I already did win at Wimbledon this year.
- I did all the right things in so many tournaments. But like I said, sometimes in sports it just goes the other way. Maybe you’ve already won so much that it evens it out a bit sometimes. I don’t know.
- I have to fit holidays around tournaments, particularly the grand slams, in Melbourne, Paris, London and New York.
- I am a sucker for those old traditional places, and Rome is as good as it gets, particularly when you throw in Italian food.
- Oh, my God, I don’t think any player can look forward to or expect to a career of so many Grand Slam wins or title wins or being so long at the top of the game.
- To handle that stardom, the red carpets, the photo shoots, people all of a sudden recognizing you and following you in everyday life, it’s a bit weird. It’s strange, and it can have funny effects on you in terms of do you like it or don’t you like it. Some people run away from it, some people embrace it; I found a good middle ground.
- My heart is in South Africa, through my mum. My mum being from here, me spending a lot of time here as well, I feel most connected to this part of the world.
- I’m as patient a father as I am on the tennis court. It takes a lot for me to get really upset, but sometimes kids can get you really cross if they really keep bugging you.
- I’ve done so many interviews over the years in so many different languages. Radios. Papers. Magazines. There’s always another interview to do. It’s quite something, I have to say.
- Sometimes I am a different character in different languages. I have different enjoyment from them. Sometimes different answers come out of me. Like, I didn’t even know that about me. I get to know myself through different languages, actually.
- I don’t need to come back to Wimbledon every year because I can’t live without it. I’d be totally cool without tennis.
- I think it’s very hard for coaches to work with me. They’ll no doubt have a good CV afterwards, but at the same time they’re under a lot of pressure.
- It doesn’t need to be the same every day, doesn’t need to be the same shower I use, the same restaurant I go to, the same hour I go to sleep. I’ve always been very flexible. I don’t care if I practice at nine in the morning or 10 P.M.