Retirement of Roger Federer

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  1. McEnroeisanartist

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    Admittedly, I have had a few cocktails tonight and feeling a bit pensive. That being said, I just watched Andy Roddick's last match of his career (2012 U.S. Open 4th Round) on youtube. It made me think that one day, Roger Federer will retire from tennis. Soon after, a wave of sadness washed over me. I imagine if he announces when his retirement will be, each match leading up to it will be more nerve wracking then they ever have been. I honestly think when this great player, champion, and man decides to quit, I will cry as though I am attending the funeral of a close family member. I have been with Federer on this journey of life for the last eight years or so. There have been breathtaking highs and terrible lows along the way. I can not help but think that when he retires, the sport of tennis will never be the same. I imagine that when all is said and done, I will no longer watch tennis once he stops playing.
     
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  2. THE FIGHTER

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    he's done IMO. especially once rafa comes back, he'll just get left behind.
     
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    Good. Hopefully you will stop posting as well. There are real, actual problems in the world and THIS is the thought that saddens you. Maudlin nonsense in the extreme. Read "Stumbling on Happiness" by Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert. The things we THINK are going to make us sad usually turn out to barely make us sad at all.
     
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  4. forzamilan90

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    hahaha that first sentence is legendary. Don't worry bro, Fed still has some years ahead of him, more joy to us as fans. Hopefully he wins tonight. I'm with you on the sadness part that we will feel when he retires. You ain't the only one. Fed is the encapsulation of tennis to many of us.
     
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    Tennis will never be the same until some one new comes with such elegance and talent.

    It has been a career with several highs, hardly any lows. In the bigger scheme of things, only match that hurts till now is USO 2009 against Delpo by 2 points. He was way too casual in the 4th set. Got spanked in the 5th when he least expected.
     
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    Which previously banned poster are you?
     
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    It's a bit silly to retire when you're still making the semis at slams. This wasn't Roddick's situation. So we have a few years left.
     
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    LOL you're going to cry when federer retires who are you mirka dude you're obsessed with federer I advise you to go see a counseler
     
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    banned is such a simple word. transcended is more fitting. much like rafa when he returns winning barcelona for many years to come
     
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    i am not ashamed to agree that i will be crying much more than anyone else.. and i will stop watching tennis for sure.. and leave these boards forever in peace..
     
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  12. THE FIGHTER

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    i will cry much harder when rafa retires. :|
     
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    Are you for real? Do you go to psychology forums and ask them to watch tennis matches and ask them to stop studying as there are some other issues like hunger in the world? Just because someone is feeling strongly about a sport/player at some point does not mean he/she will not be feeling bad about other things and is not trying to make the world a better place.
     
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    Look i feel for you guys but you are going to stop watching tennis what the hell? literally everything evolves tennis will change you will find a new favorite player
     
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    I am sure there will be new boards and forums where ex-federer fans can gather and talk about the good ol' days. I am sure as if there is none then I will start one :)
     
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    The retirement of Federer, whenever it comes, will be a huge loss for tennis. Hopefully we're a few years away from that. As for Rafa, let's first hope he doesn't have to retire before Roger...

    And El Diablo, 'There are real, actual problems in the world'... did you seriously type that? This is a tennis board, not a 'save the poor children' one.
     
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    Some Federholics don't like tennis at all. They only like watching Fed win (and count his records). So of course, they won't watch tennis once Fed is gone. Sad bunch.
     
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    some of them probably dont even play tennis regularly, which is a shame. to watch tennis and not play tennis is equivalent to liking something for superficial reasons
     
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    I know some people who like action movies but don't fight the bad guys on a day to day basis. Superficial posers!!
     
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    I love tennis, and watched it before Federer and will watch it afterwards, but I will no doubt miss the great Fed.

    Certain other people on this forum only like watching Fed lose, of course, and may find tennis to be boring when they have no one left to hate. :lol:

    I don't think veroniquem plays tennis at all. :)
     
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    what nonsense..?, do you have to make films if you also enjoy watching them ??. or if you like driving cars does that mean you must like making your own ??..hmmm i dont think so.

    some people dont like playing sports, or might have injurys/illnesses that prevent them from playing to any decent level. :confused::confused:
     
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    that's why i enjoyed les miserables. because life is just one terrible, trite, ripoff.
     
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    the irony. some of the nuances are lost, i'm sure.
     
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    not saying it's not enjoyable, but you gain a different sort of appreciation. i gained an understanding of what made the beatles sound so much more special than the others after more practice. it was enjoyable before and is still enjoyable now.
     
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    ..its not a weak excuse if you dont like playing tennis...i could stand in the middle of a tennis court but i cant run or turn as ive had bad injurys to both knees and ankles..id just get lobbed or passed into oblivion id be lucky to win a point in a set ??.

    also i used to know a woman who was a massive federer and safin fan..but she couldnt hit a tennis ball over a net if her life was dependant on it..and surely you know someone that loves playing but dos'nt like to watch tennis.

    everyone is different.
     
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    People who have seen Federer play live have considered it a religious experience. You don't hear that much in modern times. His elegance, both on and off the court, has revolutionized not just the game, but the concept of tennis. It is not so much as an obsession with his character as it is sheer appreciation for his craft, his sense of geometry and timing, his understanding of the game and how it applies to his own kinetics, etc. It far from unusual to have an emotional reaction to stimulus that is overwhelmingly beautiful or unbelievably fascinating. He has given the world many pieces of unforgettable art and entertainment that people will deeply miss. The situation would be analogous to the retirement (or death) of any truly inspirational or transformational leader. To some people, tennis isn't just a sport or a game. It can be construed as manifestation of a lifestyle. Many people feel that federer's approach to tennis (and life for that matter) is so commendable that it will be sad day when he decides he will no longer be demonstrating his deemed "innate brilliance." This, to you, I imagine, seems obsessive, but it what I'm trying to explain to you that it should be perceived as a recognition, or an appreciation, of a man's business rather than an obsession with a man.

    My advice to you is to either a. get in touch b. be a little more sensitive or c. just save your snide remarks because all you are doing is trying to empower yourself by attempting to emasculate someone else for sharing their feelings. This sounds a bit sappy, but you obviously haven't thought this one through because if you had, you wouldn't have been so ignorant to post this. I hate using ad hominem by attacking you and not your argument, but c'mon man just chilll and let people share what they want to share without prematurely and wrongfully diagnosing them as crazy.

    I'm crazy. and I'll go see a counselor for you
     
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    Rogers still has at least another 3-5 years to go. Keep drinking.
     
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    I hear you and I understand your sentiment. But drinks heighten emotions. Been there.

    Don't worry, Roger has some mileage left on the odometer. It won't always be a smooth ride but think of him as Magellan. He's already gone around the world. All the journeys now are pure fun.
     
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    well said. i'm glad you enjoy watching tennis. and it's cool that you dont play it, the nuance one gets from knowing the game as a player isn't worth at times the full understanding of how much one sucks compared to the pros. :)
     
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    Well, I'm convinced.


    I am not going to be devastated when Federer retires, however, it will be a rather poignant moment for the tennis world. There is no denying that.
     
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    Hopefully Federer will continue to play tennis professionally for some time to come, but i do expect to feel sadness when he does retire. He has given us so many wonderful memories of great tennis matches, mostly won, some lost, but more often than not inspirational. We have a lot to be thankful for; including the many rivals he has had of the years, mostly subdued, some unconquered, but more often than not providing an occasion for Federer to elevate this beautiful game we love.

    Tennis will continue without Roger, as it has in the past and I will continue my relationship with it, playing and watching it. Hopefully other players will appear who will continue to inspire us. At some point this too will end, when I am unable to play or watch due to physical entropy and the relentless passage of time.

    Enjoy this moment. Be thankful for these gifts: Tennis, Federer and youth. Live in the moment and appreciate them.

    Play tennis
     
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  33. THE FIGHTER

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    seriously. considering nadal's return will probably be pushed back another two years or so, there's no doubt federer will be on a steeper decline.
     
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    Two years as in his actual first tennis game or two years to get back to his peak? Don't pick because both are wrong.
     
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  35. THE FIGHTER

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    i dont think you're aware of what i'm insinuating.
     
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    That's not true, I like watching other Fed-like players. It's about admiring an attacking playing style. I like watching Tsonga matches.
     
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    Everyone is painfully aware.

    No.
     
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    I'm just following the rich tradition of quality posting from not only NSK, who himself/herself transcended into a symbol, but those posters of TT past.
     
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  40. RAFA2005RG

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    Federer has never had a terrible low. He never had an injury of note. And his mono didn't last long and was the weakest strain of it (according to the doctor involved), as evidenced by him running like a rabbit throughout 2007-08. As for tennis, it will be a more popular sport without Federer, because a lot of people wrote tennis off when they saw Federer's warm-up gear in 2009 Wimbledon or his pathetic reaction to losing to Nadal at the AO. Images like that will thankfully not be repeated, and those who think tennis is pathetic may give it a 2nd chance thanks to the real men involved.
     
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  41. THE FIGHTER

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    I'm glad it hurts. As rafa says, one must suffer to succeed sometimes.
     
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  42. THE FIGHTER

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    If only rafa was somehow more involved in tennis, then the healing could really begin.
     
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    Quote please?
     
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  44. SoBad

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    Agreed. I actually thought he already retired before playing Murray when I saw the thread title.:lol:
     
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    He's said he will play until 2016. Hopefully he'll still be making semis at the majors at that point, for which he'll have to have a good ranking.
     
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  46. THE FIGHTER

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    well its too late to come to his senses now. the match is 3 hours away. he should have been smart like rafa and retired before the tournament even began. even in retreat, nadal>federer
     
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    Federer can desperately play every tournament while Nadal takes occasional sabbaticals, but he still walks every step in Nadal shadow. He still has a few hours to withdraw and retire - let's see if he is wise enough to do that. I personally doubt it.
     
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  48. THE FIGHTER

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    same. he needs a copy of nadal's book, Rafa
     
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    And someone literate to assist in the reading of the book...
     
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    good thing rafa had a ghost writer, or it would be even more difficult to read, no?
     
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