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Roger Federer's Best Quotes and Most Inspirational Moments
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Roger Federer's Best Quotes and Most Inspirational Moments

The retired tennis player has an impressive track record, and an even more enlightening view on public life.

The Swiss athlete and retired professional tennis player Roger Federer is a highly respected player in his field. Once a dominating force in men’s tennis, Federer also held several titles and records over the course of his career. For 310 weeks, with 237 of those weeks being consecutive and record-breaking, he was ranked the world’s number one player by the Association of Tennis professionals.

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Between 2003 and 2009, he played in 21 of the 28 major series finals, in addition to winning three quarters of the majors he qualified for, as well as the Association of Tennis Professionals Finals, known back then as the Tennis Master Cup. It is safe to say that from the perspective of his devoted fans, Roger Federer is worthy of his regular status as one of the highest-paid athletes in all sports.


Although genuinely skilled with a strong legacy to leave behind as of his September 2022 retirement, Roger Federer is a beacon of optimism and humbleness. Despite his career being success of such rare proportions in only the world of tennis, but the professional sports industry as a whole, he does not appear to have embodied any form of arrogance through his public persona. Several inspiring and otherwise hopeful quotes have been attributed to the legendary tennis player, showing a healthy approach to both public work and life as a whole.

Roger Federer and His Most Inspiring Quotes on Tennis

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"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."

Here is an example of Federer’s down-to-earth approach to sports despite being essentially part of the sporting elite with the bloated pay checks signed to his name over the years. It also individualizes a public figure whose image could have easily been fabricated by sports companies and the media for their own gains. Soccer, when compared to tennis, is reliant on collective effort.

When they are an attacker or in a defensive position, players on the field cannot help it if their team’s goalie misses the mark and lets the ball in the net. With tennis, mishaps are entirely the player’s fault. Federer shows his dismay toward blaming others for his failures. He much prefers owning up to his mistakes, which is a good lesson for people to keep in mind even as adults.

"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."

Some people prefer making a routine out of their lives, while others enjoy the embrace of the world’s innate chaos, and like going with the flow as a result. Roger Federer’s self-described flexibility is probably a huge key to his success. The line about going to practice at any time is perhaps the highlight of the quote, and it connects to Federer’s career to provide insight. It informs readers that the ideal career is one that can accommodate their personality and habits without depriving them of a healthy life.

"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."

Winning a tournament is a professional athlete’s equivalent to creatives in the film and television industry getting a highly prestigious award like an Oscar or an Emmy. Considering Federer’s Wimbledon victory occurred in 2003, it was only the beginning of his impressive streak. However, note that he prioritizes his kids when reminiscing, and not necessarily the glory that came with his victor. The quote is a reminder to everyone that one should not forget who will always be there for them in the most important times, even after becoming famous.

Roger Federer's Quotes on Family and Friends

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"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."

Another quote related to loved ones, it is not only a demonstration of Federer’s appreciation for the people in his life, but also of how to crush any doubts in your mind during big events. Seeing friends and family members among the people in the audience can be stressful, but it is important to remember where we came from. The wealth and attention that come with being a celebrity can easily make the “lucky” one forget who truly supported them in dire times. Federer is here to remind people that seeing your loved ones in important events is far from nerve-racking. It might be the most comforting thing to see in a context like this one.

Roger Federer's Quote on Fame

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"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."

Considering how the previous quotes showed Federer’s willingness to keep the people close to him as well as his unorthodox routine in his life, this one is the perfect send-off. Here, Federer shows his relationship with fame. The press and glamor are often overwhelming, and as he points out, people that deal with it react in a fight or flight mode.

Overall, the best approach to fame is maintaining a private life like you did beforehand while humbly interacting with the media when necessary. This was Federer’s technique, and as his successful, currently scandal-free career indicates, it appears to be one of the healthier ways to partake in celebrity culture.

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