Roger Federer takes on role as backroom power broker (ATP future and situation)

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    Roger Federer takes on role as backroom power broker (ATP future and situation)



    Roger Federer latest is among the most unexpected, especially for a man raised in a country known for its benign neutrality: backroom power broker.

    But after leading the ATP Tour Player Council as president the last three years, Federer has become a savvy student of the laws of political governance.


    "It's been a great life-school," said the tri-lingual Swiss star Sunday as he prepared to defend his season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title. "Can you say that?"


    Much of Roger Federer's behind-the-scenes work this year has focused on persuading the four majors to share a larger piece of the revenue pie with players.
    He has also lobbied that a larger percentage of prize money go to earlier rounds to rectify a growing income distribution gap.


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    That work has increasingly fallen on his shoulders, as Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, once Player Council members, left their leadership positions.

    Take his pre-tournament schedule last month at the Masters event.


    Under added security because of death threats, Roger Federer arrived on a Friday and discussed strategy with ATP player and board representatives till about 1 a.m.

    He practiced the next morning, spent about 7 hours in meetings with various representatives of the Grand Slams and still attended the player party Saturday night.


    On Sunday evening, he hosted three hours of meetings in his hotel room with the Player Council, ATP executive staff, and U.S. Open executives -- all before he struck a match ball.


    "Roger has so many demands on his schedule and the fact that he is investing so much time into the player council and these negotiations shows his character and how much he cares for the future of the sport,"
    doubles specialist and council member Eric Butorac of the USA wrote in a recent email. "I believe it is very unprecedented to have a top player so involved."


    It's not just Roger Federer's time than matters. It's his clout.


    "I think having someone like him on the council can be a big benefit, especially if you're going into important meetings with the Grand Slams," No. 3 Andy Murray said Saturday.

    Reserved by nature, Federer has come a long way in understanding the needs and concerns of everyone from players ranked well outside the top 50 to doubles specialists.


    Roger Federer did not slip into the role of leader without some angst.
     
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    It is, like his precise shotmaking and fluid movements, a delicate balancing act. Demands can stretch on and on. The mind can become weary. Focus can waver.

    Despite threats of a boycott and other hard-line tactics -- for tennis -- Roger Federer and his fellow players and ATP executives have shepherded successes.


    The French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open each contributed a larger percentage of prize money to earlier rounds this season.

    The Australian Open will do the same in January, and in a pre-emptive strike already announced the biggest year-over-year prize money increase in its history.


    "More important," Roger Federer said, is the "productive" dialogue taking place.

    "I'm happy that we've gotten to the table with the Slams and been able to explain our case," he said.


    At 31, Roger Federer is brushing up against the usual threshold when age undermines skill, which means every minute and every decision he makes counts.


    In that regard, time management might just be the Swiss' biggest asset. He seems to have found a formula that works.


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    By the way, these work was why required? Because, since some players were planning the boycott of AO.

    Nadal has performed the always selfish request. A push of two-year ranking. Dissatisfaction to a schedule. Dissatisfaction to surface, etc. And he resigned from the players' association suddenly.


    Roger and a member were continuing work, in order to solve those problems.

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    At least he did not take on the backroom casting couch, if you know what I mean.
     
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    I hadn't read this article before and it was interesting, thanks for posting. It would be interesting to know who have been the major players in the raising of first round prize money, I think it's such a good step, so important for a healthy sport with a deep talent pool, and I like to think that all the top players use their clout to force this through, standing up for those who don't have much presence or a way to be heard. It's doing right by those players and by the future of the sport. If you get good enough players even the qualifying eventually will be a can't-miss-it sell-out.

    As for Federer, it's great to see how much he continues to contribute to the game, I'd say he amazes me but by now it's just the standard I've come to expect from him.
     
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    thanks for the comment.
     
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    Conspiracy!!! He wanted to make sure that he and Nads were both adequately compensated for making Grand Slam appearances as they begin to age...just in case they went out early. Wimby 2013...hmmmm...Fedal is alive!
     
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    Great tennis ambassador
     
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    Sportsmanship Award (voted by ATP players)

    Roger Federer : Fellow players voted the Swiss as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the eighth time.


    Records.




    ttp://www.atpworldtour.com/news/tennis/2012/11/features/atp-awards-2012.aspx
     
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    Cancer survivor shares her heartwarming story of meeting Roger Federer
    By Shane Bacon | Busted Racquet – Fri, Aug 2, 2013 10:30 AM EDT
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    837Tweet0.....I love you so freaking much @rogerfederer pic.twitter.com/cRDGrx6XTm

    — Beatriz (@bktinoco) July 27, 2013

    In sports we mostly hear about the negatives. Athletes getting arrested or saying something they shouldn't have said or getting in fights or using performance enhancing substances that are deemed illegal.

    We should hear more stories like the one you're about to read.

    Beatriz Tinoco is a teenager from Rockville, Md., a normal 18-year-old that battled cancer in 2011 and '12. Tinoco, like so many others, got the opportunity to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and her wish was the same as so many other tennis fans across this globe; she wanted to meet Roger Federer.

    As you know, Federer is a 17-time Grand Slam champion but also known as one of the nicest athletes on the planet considering his level of fame. This story proves just that.

    Tinoco sent out the following tweet and then went on to explain her meeting with Federer at Wimbledon this year.

    I'll tweet the story of how I met Roger for everyone to see, since I just told it to someone and more people liked to read it.

    — Beatriz (@bktinoco) July 30, 2013

    The following excerpts are from Tinoco, courtesy of Mashable.

    The whole story of how I got to meet Roger Federer and how it was: Well, I had cancer in 2011/2012, and there's this foundation called the Make A Wish Foundation. They grant wishes to kids, teens and yound adults who have life-threatening diseases. I made my wish in 2012, and my wish was to meet Roger Federer. I waited for more than a year, and I didn't really know if they were gonna be able to grant me this wish (you have second and third options) since Roger has such a busy schedule and it was taking such a long time. In June I was told that ESPN was doing a piece on high school tennis and they were gonna film a bit of my school tennis team. So I went there and we had practice and in the end they told us we had a culminating activity that would kinda test our knowledge of tennis. They gave us an iPad to watch something, and it was the Wimbledon 2012 match point (that already got me like really excited) but then after Roger falls to the ground they cut the video and Roger shows up in a kind of home made video or something, and he says "Hi Beatriz, I heard you're a big fan of mine, so I'm inviting you with your family to come watch me play at Wimbledon. Go pack your bags, have a safe trip, and I'll see you there!" (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) I freaked out so so so badly. I couldn't believe it haha. All I could think was "OMG ROGER FEDERER KNOWS MY NAME!" Haha.

    So, yeah, this was on a Monday, and my flight to London was on that Thursday (I barely had any time to freak out) and I live in the US so... But yeah, then I found out ESPN was doing a piece on my wish and it's actually gonna air in August anyway, I got there and the very next day I met Roger! First I went to the nike house, where players get their gear and everything, and they actually gave me lots of stuff, all white since it was Wimbledon. Then we went to the All England Club where I was actually gonna meet him. We were waiting on the place where players eat and hang out. However, the guys from ESPN told me we might not see him that day because schedules change a lot. So I wasn't expecting anythint, just sitting watching some practices and someone calls my name. I turn and it's FREAKING ROGER FEDERER. He comes up, gives me a hug and a kiss and then sits down and starts talking to me very naturally. I was trying hard not to freak out haha. We talked for about 10-15 minutes (which I was told later he wasn't supposed to do. He was just supposed to come and say hi and then go to practice but he's a perfect human being and talked to me for a while!) oh my gosh this is getting very long haha. After that he went to practice, but he told me to go change, because I was gonna watch his practice from inside the court and maybe we could hit a little bit after he was done. He told me that he would send someone to take me to the court because like no one is allowed in the courts except the players and coaches. So I changed and went there, and I was waiting for someone to come take me to the actual court when I hear someone call my name and oh my god it's Paul Annacone. He sent PAUL ANNACONE to get me. So I go to the court and am introduced to Sev and Steph, and then sit there watching his practice with Hewitt (!!!!).




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    After his practice he tells me we're gonna hit for a while and Sev says "but she doesn't have a racquet" and Roger is like "she can use one of mine" (!!!!!!!) so he reaches into his bag and gives me one of his racquets to hit with (!!!!!!). I was really scared because I'm not like amazing at tennis, I'm pretty good, but not out of the ordinary, and even if I was, it was freaking Roger Federer. But Paul and Roger told me not to be scared, it was so cute haha. So we hit for a bit, then he told me to come up and volley and he went up too. Paul told me not to be scared of Roger in the net 'cause it was all pressure, he wasn't even that good haha. Then he served and oh my gosh it's fast even though he wasn't even close to full speed. After that he went over the net, shook my hand and gave me a kiss on the cheek (!!!!!!). Then we walked (and talked) together to the other court where he was going to practice more with Hewitt. I watched this second practice and then after they were done Roger came up to me and said "well that's my day" and we talked for a bit more, and then he said "I'll see you on Sunday" (this was a Friday) and I freaked out because oh my gosh I was gonna see him again!!! So yeah that was it for this day. On Sunday the guys from ESPN told me I was gonna take a tour of the grounds, even though I had already taken one when I went to London for vacation. The more time at Wimbledon the better haha. But then when I'm waiting to take the tour I find out that the people who are giving me the tour are the Chairman of Wimbledon (!!!!!!) and Roger (!!!!!!!). Like, OH MY GOD. So yeah, they took me around, and to the walk the players take to get to Centre Court, and then to actual Centre Court, with everything being explained to me by Roger and the Chairman. After we got to Centre Court Roger had to leave earlier than us because he had his press conference (which I was going to), so he left us there to see a bit more of Centre Court. AND on his way out he talked to the main guy that gets Centre Court ready, to let me actually go there. Like, I stepped on the grass on Centre Court because of Roger. He's perfect oh my god. And then we took a while there so his manager called the girl from ESPN to ask her if we were going because Roger was waiting for me to start the press conference (!!!!!!!!!!). OMG HE IS PERFECT. So we went to the press conference and saw everything, and then on my wait out I passed Roger and he was like "So did you like it? Me getting grilled by the press?" He's always so dorky and funny haha. And then the people from ESPN took us to the players lounge because Roger was gonna sign some stuff for me after he had done all of his interviews (a lot of them) and gotten a award (you know, just usual stuff).
     
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    I was sitting there waiting for him and it was amazing because I saw soooo many other players. Tsonga asked to get one of the chairs in our table actually haha. I saw Murray, Nadal, Haas, Ferrer, Benneteau, Tipsarevic, Serena, Wozniacki, Radwanska, Lisicki, like, so many of them from up close. It was like heaven for a tennis fan haha. But then Roger finished his interviews and sat at out table with us. I had so many things for him to sign but I knew he was busy so I just took 4 pictures (one for each one in my family) and then 4 blank papers and my tennis bag, and gave for him to sign. He actually addressed the blank papers to each one of us, it was so perfect. In mine he wrote a bit more, and even a happy birthday!! (Did I mention it was my 18th birthday??) And then he asked me "is that it?" and I said "yes" and he was like "are you sure? Don't be embarrassed about it." He's so amazing and kind. So I gave him the rest of the stuff to sign. And he was just sitting there signing and chatting with me, but his manager was telling the guys from ESPN that he needed to go eat lunch, and Roger probably knew he had to, but he would have stayed there the whole day, just talking to us. He stayed a lot more than he had to for sure. But then the people from ESPN tried kinda finishing things up so that he could leave before his manager freaked out. So he went around the table hugging my mom, my dad and my sister, and then it was my turn. He told me I had been through a lot and hugged me really hard and I just started crying so so so much in his shoulder (it was around that time that the picture from my avi was taken haha) He was like "awnn". Then when I let go of him I was still like sobbing and I turned to him and he was kinda tearing up :') I thanked him and then he went.

    One of the best parts of that story is not only how great Federer was to this young girl, but how you can feel the excitement in her writing. This isn't just a fan, but a girl that had a dream and a great organization and a respected athlete that made it happen.

    Well done, Roger. Maybe when tennis is done you can start coaching other athletes on how to act even when the cameras are off.
     
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    That Roger.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbK6okKWBlE




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    Edberg Sportsmanship Award
    (voted by ATP players)

    Roger Federer: Fellow players voted the Swiss as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the ninth time and third year in a row. He also won the award six straight years from 2004-09. Juan Martin del Potro, David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal were also nominated in this category.

    Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year
    (awarded by ATP)

    Roger Federer: The 32 year old becomes just the third person to be named the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year for a second time, joining Andre Agassi and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi. Federer, who previously received the award in 2006, supports children in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, South Africa and Ethiopia and his native Switzerland through the Roger Federer Foundation, established in 2003. This past February, Federer visited the Hlukani and Govhu crèches in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, which have been supported by Foundation partner READ Educational Trust since 2010.

    ATPWorldTour.com Fans' (Singles)
    (voted by fans)

    Roger Federer: The Swiss has been voted ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record 11th straight year, receiving 56 per cent of all votes cast. Rafael Nadal finished second, followed by Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro.
     
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    A lovely new article from Credit Suisse about Malawi and a new day care centre which has opened. Roger's Foundation had a hand in it. Includes embedded video or I would have brought the whole article here.


    http://www.credit-suisse.com/ch/en/...***/news-and-expertise/2013/07/en/malawi.html


    This is the article that mountains mentioned above and there are links to Credit Suisse' channel on YouTube and the video embedded in the article itself


    Roger Federer Foundation

    Malawi: Thundu's First Day Care Center



    ....Raquel Forster, Corporate Communications 29.07.2013

    After 18 months of construction and four episodes of the documentary series "Growing Up in Malawi," the wait is over: Thundu's first day care center is ready to open. The fifth episode of the series shows not only that the residents of the village are thrilled with the center, but also that it opens new opportunities for the entire region.

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    Malawi: Thundu's First Day Care Center


    "It all starts with our children. If we lose them, there will be no chance for growth," says Byson Maneya, a painter from Thundu, explaining the importance of this center for the larger region. In a country identified by the United Nations as one of the world's poorest, where even food cannot be taken for granted, a day care center with real toys and a playground is truly exceptional. So there was enormous anticipation leading up to its opening on May 7 – after a year and a half of construction – and the occasion was appropriately marked by a visit from a prominent guest from the country's capital.


    The Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Welfare Visits Thundu

    Anita Kalinde, Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Welfare, has traveled over three hours by car from the capital city of Lilongwe to be present at the official opening of Thundu's new day care center. Her presence underscores the fact that the celebrations are about much more than just a day care center. "This center sends a clear message to the entire district of Ntchisi," says Cristina Karrer, an independent filmmaker who produced the fifth episode. Before the center was built, Thundu had nothing to offer its children – no day care center, no toys, no playground. The children of Thundu have never seen stuffed animals before, or toy pianos, or so many other things we in the West take for granted, like swings and slides. Until now, their only playthings have been air-dried, easily broken clay objects they made themselves.
    [​IMG] The day care center is the new symbol of Thundu.


    Crushing Stones into Gravel
    The day care center also has special significance for Thundu's adults: It is the largest structure in the village, and they built it themselves. "It was all done by hand," says Cristina Karrer. During the 18 months of construction, the villagers baked clay bricks, hauled sand from the river to the village, and crushed stones into gravel. Whenever their farming duties allowed, they worked on this project. It is a country where most people live in huts they have built with their own hands, without running water or electricity – and now, for the first time, the people of Thundu have something to show the rest of the district, something that makes them proud.


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    Children are no longer limited to writing in the sand: The center has a blackboard.


    Room for More than 60 Children
    Excitement and pride were apparent as the villagers and guests celebrated the opening of the district's first day care center and playground, with singing and dancing. Every day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., more than 60 children between the ages of three and six will be at the center, which will offer structured, age-appropriate instruction. They will have access to books, toys, and a playground. A meal of cornmeal mush will be provided every day. In a place where over 80 percent of the population has limited access to education and many small children suffer from chronic malnutrition, the child care center is a milestone in efforts to promote the development of Thundu's young children.


    A Positive Influence on the Entire Region
    Even beyond Thundu, however, the center is likely to attract considerable attention. "In rural areas like this, people play close attention to what is happening elsewhere in the region. So I am confident that this model day care center will have a significant impact on the entire region," says Janine Händel, CEO of the Roger Federer Foundation. In Malawi, where the topic of "early childhood development" is already a major focus, there is reason to hope that the center will change the lives of children not only in Thundu and the district of Ntchisi, but in all of Malawi.



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    Credit Suisse has a channel on YouTube which includes the embedded video that mountains has mentioned (there have been 4 previous ones on this theme):



    http://www.youtube.com/user/creditsuissevideos
    - 4th topic on the page, the heading is Responsibility


    Link to the embedded video (Episode 5): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAAH95c4Wg0



    Our Commitment
    Over a period of ten years, as part of the sponsorship partnership concluded with Roger Federer in 2009, Credit Suisse is donating one million dollars annually to the Roger Federer Foundation, which was established by the tennis star in 2003. This contribution will be used primarily to create a long-term program to promote early childhood development in Malawi.
     
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    The Lindt event was for Roger's Foundation in support of the work done in Switzerland.

    Article from the HP

    Links provided the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLgCpsDI0Eg#t=53

    Images: http://multimedia.photopress.ch/Lightbox.do?oid=8496&contentType=Image

    Info about Winter Aid: http://www.rogerfedererfoundation.org/en/projects/education-in-switzerland/winterhilfe-schweiz/
     
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    Edberg Sportsmanship Award
    (voted by ATP players)

    Roger Federer: Fellow players voted the Swiss as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the ninth time and third year in a row. He also won the award six straight years from 2004-09. Juan Martin del Potro, David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal were also nominated in this category.

    Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year
    (awarded by ATP)

    Roger Federer: The 32 year old becomes just the third person to be named the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year for a second time, joining Andre Agassi and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi. Federer, who previously received the award in 2006, supports children in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, South Africa and Ethiopia and his native Switzerland through the Roger Federer Foundation, established in 2003. This past February, Federer visited the Hlukani and Govhu crèches in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, which have been supported by Foundation partner READ Educational Trust since 2010.

    ATPWorldTour.com Fans' presented by Moët & Chandon (Singles)
    (voted by fans)

    Roger Federer: The Swiss has been voted ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record 11th straight year, receiving 56 per cent of all votes cast. Rafael Nadal finished second, followed by Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro.

    ATPWorldTour.com Fans' Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon (Doubles)
    (voted by fans)

    Bob and Mike Bryan: The Bryan twins received 43 per cent of votes to be named the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record ninth time. Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek came in as the second most popular duo, followed by Julien Benneteau and Nenad Zimonjic.

    Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award
    (awarded by ATP)

    Bendou Zhang: Shanghai-based Zhang is the tennis writer for TITAN Sports, China’s most successful sports newspaper. A journalist for more than 20 years, two years ago he became the first person from his country to join the International Tennis Writers' Association.
    http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinal...awards-winner
     
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    Geneva Gala 2013
    http://www.100womeninhedgefunds.org/pages/geneva_gala_2013.php

    100WHF held its 6th Annual Geneva Gala on 27 November at the Hotel President Wilson, and raised over 360,000 in gross proceeds at the Gala and through other fundraising activities throughout the year for the Roger Federer Foundation, and specifically the project run by a: primo to support early childhood development and mentoring among underprivileged families across Switzerland.

    The evening, attended by over 250 members and leaders across the European Alternatives industry and VIP guests Lynette and Robbie Federer, included a live auction by Sotheby's Caroline Lang, and featured a live acoustic performance by members of the group Skunk Anansie and a live set by DJ Skin.

    Roger Federer recorded a video message for 100WHF which was played during the evening. He thanked 100WHF for the difference they were making for children in Switzerland through the a: primo programme.
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    Interview with Roger Federer, Founder and President

    Janine:It has been ten years since you started your own Foundation.What has been the most surprising thing?

    Roger:My most surprising realization was the fact that we can really change things for the better if we do it right. You know, it is not just about giving money but about achieving sustainable impact in the field. It is not easy and means a major investment in terms of time, learning and know-how. This year, we reached more than85,000 children via the support of the Roger Federer Foundation. I would never have imagined being able to make a difference in so many children’s lives. I am honestly overwhelmed by the dimensions we have reached and I feel great responsibility making sure that our support has a sustainable and positive impact on these children’s entire lives.

    Janine:What have been the most surprising insights you have gained in these years?


    Roger:There are three key lessons I learned which I feel are crucial:

    1. Doing good things well. This is what the beneficiaries deserve. Just like any other business, philanthropy needs to be professional: a strategic, focused, cost-efficient and cost-effective engagement.

    2. We should be impact-oriented rather than output-driven. Understanding the difference between the two has been a tough lesson for me. It is not about supplying a school with books. It is about the proper use of these books in order to improve the performance of children in that school to prepare them for a successful life.

    3. Our investments need to be sustainable in order to achieve systemic change. That is why our commitments are long-term and holistic and our beneficiaries should be in the driving seat and take responsibility in every initiative. We thus clearly need to strengthen local capacities and not weaken them by reducing them to becoming receivers.

    Janine:From whom and what have you learned the most in your philanthropy?

    Roger:The most inspiring factor in this regard was my parents. They taught me to keep my eyes open to other people’s needs. They showed me the value of giving something back in return. And a lot also originates from my personal experience as a child spending holidays in South Africa and being confronted directly with poverty. This made me aware of the fact that not everybody has the same privileges as I do. So I would say that my education, my parents as role models as well as my own encounters with reality were the key elements for my motivation to become an active philanthropist one day. And so I set up my own foundation at an early stage.

    Janine:What are your plans for the future of the Foundation?


    Roger:My ten-year-jubilee gift to the Foundation is that we set the goal to reach the 1,000,000children through our work by the end of 2018.

    Insight story by the CEO about a community school in Zambia


    The partnership between the Roger Federer Foundation and People’s Action Forum in Zambia (PAF)was initiated two and a half years ago. The aim of the initiative is to improve the quality of education in 41 community schools. Right from the start, I gained a first-hand impression of several schools such as the one in Monze – and was shocked. Two of the three existing classrooms there were being used for other purposes: a teaching couple was residing in one and the other was crammed with construction material, broken tables and benches. PAF ensured that the community had received this material eight months earlier by the district in order to build a house for the teachers. The only people I met there just before lunch was a small group of children playing outside the school. A large building next to the school was not being used as it was falling apart. The only classroom in operation was in a state beyond description. We were received by four disgruntled members of the school committee who hardly said a word during our meeting. As all our projects build solely on the initiative of the local population, I did not see and hope for this school. PAF explained that the population was blocked by witchcraft but they would nevertheless make one final attempt to stop the downward spiral. Two years later, past November, I returned to the community. Onlythis time it was like entering a different world. The classrooms had been renovated and decorated and were full of eager children. Four motivated and talented teachers were holding lessons on a level of quality that matches our own. The house for teachers had been completed and the run down building renovated, now also serving as teacher housing. And best of all was the large group of laughing and dancing villagers who came to greet us. The chiefs had also come for the occasion and were looking forward to my reaction. I joined the dancing in delight and congratulated the locals on their success in an emotional speech. They had turned a dull location for 60 children into an inspiring educational facility for 150 children in no time. I don’t know who beamed more that morning: the locals or myself!

    To try and to fail is not laziness (African proverb)


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    Dear friends

    Roger visited a:primo, one of our partner organizations in Switzerland, end of October this year. He participated in a group meeting with parents and as you can see on the title image of this letter he was actively involved in play and crafts with the kids. It was fun to watch other fathers remaining in the background at first, leaving the care for their children to the mothers. Seeing the handicrafting superstar they gradually reconsidered their roles and ventured into the world of child’s play too. Roger quite simply motivates further than by just being a world-class athlete. If you would like to learn more about a:primo, please read on the back of this letter.

    For the Foundation, an eventful year is drawing to a close. But our aims and ambitions have not become any smaller for the coming years – on the contrary. We are all still committed with pleasure and enthusiasm. With these feelings, we would like to thank you for your trust and wish you a contemplative and restful holiday season.

    How to support children in poverty in Switzerland?

    Poverty is hardly visible in Switzerland, but it nevertheless exists. Around 100’000 children under the age of 15 are affected by poverty in our wealthy country. Unfortunately it is difficult to effectively help these children as their families live in isolation and it is often only possible to access the children as they enter compulsory education. It would be vital to support these children as early as possible in order to give them equal opportunities in life. This is exactly what our partner organization a:primo is doing.

    The program works as follows:

    1. Parents are coached primarily at home during 18 months, learning how to best serve the needs of their children

    2. Mothers are supported onsite in playful learning meeting the child’s development

    3. The lay helpers originate from the social environment of the families in care and are a key factor to reaching the families

    4. Every fortnight, group meetings are held, allowing for social contacts to be made and information on the development and education of children to be passed on to the parents

    5. Contacts to other institutions are arranged for the parents[/quote]
     
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    Roger at a charity event in Malawi

    P.S Why can't all men look like this?? :(

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    Roger signs the visitor book at a library in Malawi at the launch of the Lundu Community Childcare Centre
     
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    Chris Chase ‏@ChrisChaseFTW · 3 hours ago

    How Roger Federer cracked up the biggest stars in tennis while they all sat on a taxi.


    Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and the most awkward photo op ever


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    By: Chris Chase | August 24, 2015 9:05 pm

    Nike gathered its biggest stars in New York on Monday night for some street tennis, an event which apparently involved sitting on a taxi for some reason, but not one of those cool new taxis, but an old one, like the kind Robert De Niro had in Taxi Driver. So what’s going on in this picture, besides the ever-present iciness between Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams? FTW tries to decipher what happened when the picture was snapped.

    Roger Federer told a funny about how he tried to take a taxi to Kings one time, figuring that if the U.S. Open was in Queens, there must be a Kings and he probably had a condo rented in his name there because he’s had so many great victories in his career. Maria Sharapova found it especially funny, despite the fact that she was unaware why she was sitting on a car that wasn’t a Porsche.


    I won't copy it all here, but keep reading about the other players, it's quite funny:

    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/08/rog...-new-york-rafael-nadal-us-open-genie-bouchard


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    Roger Federer launches childcare center in Malawi Short video.



    I made a gif from it.


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    Roger Federer on His Foundation
    Moderator: Oliver Adler, Global Economics & Real Estate Research

    What is your role in the foundation given that your time is so limited? What do you do? What don’t you do?
    The annual meetings are key. We come together then as a family – because my parents are also very involved, as is my manager Tony Godsick, and Janine Händel, the managing director of the foundation. We have a great team. We always get together to debate which projects we should support and look at how the projects we’re already supporting are doing. These are important meetings, as they set the tone as well as the direction we want to go. It’s very important to have baseline studies so you can see the point at which the project started and then look at where is it now. To my mind, it’s no good just walking away from a project after a few years and saying, "Okay, you’re on your own now." We want to help people in these countries create a better future for themselves. I also try to do field visits as much as I can. Obviously, becoming world number one made it difficult for me to do as much as I’d like. I did one trip to South Africa in 2005, and another this year to Ethiopia. I’ll probably do more trips in the future, because I feel the investment of my time is worthwhile too. It’s something I owe to myself, to my foundation and to the people around me who expect to see pictures of me in those places – but unfortunately time is just so limited when you’re at the top of the professional game. I also spend time looking at different ways to generate funds for the foundation, because ultimately that means we’ll have more money to give to the kids who need it more than we do.

    Can you explain a bit more about how the foundation is financed? Obviously you provide funds yourself. Do others provide funds? How does it work?
    Yes, the foundation is lucky enough to enjoy support from private donors. As well as obviously being very grateful to them, I also feel very honored by their confidence that my foundation will put their funds to good use. But I try not to be dependent on just private donors. I provide funds myself both directly and indirectly, through merchandising, sponsorship, and so forth. That’s how it’s worked for the last couple of years. Now, with tomorrow’s Match for Africa, we are finding new ways of financing the Roger Federer Foundation.


    We enjoyed watching that film about your visit to Ethiopia. Could you tell us a little bit more about your experiences there?
    The feeling you get from a field visit is quite extraordinary. There’s nothing quite like going out there and meeting the people, feeling the atmosphere, and seeing where your money actually went. For me that’s a great source of motivation. Seeing the kids singing, seeing the schools that have been built, seeing a new fountain that is now operational so people can take water home to their families. It’s the little things like this that count, as well as being able to speak to the parents and the teachers, trying to motivate them and maybe bringing a bit of sport into their everyday lives. It’s so different when you’re actually out there to traveling around the world or sitting at home. So that’s a very important part of it for me, as well as a huge motivation to do much more in the future, of course.


    How do the kids in Ethiopia relate to tennis?
    Well, I don’t know if all of them knew who I really was, to be quite honest. That said, there were clearly people who recognized me while I was traveling in the bus from the airport to the project. I was actually quite taken aback, because I didn’t really expect it to happen – I wasn’t there with a tennis racquet or my headband looking like the sportsman Roger Federer. That’s when the meaning of fame hits you in a positive way – what a great inspiration and role model you have a chance to be. And that can be enjoyable: It’s very important for me to talk with the kids themselves, play a bit of sport with them, and geneally interact with them. For example, one of the girls asked me, "How old are you?". To which I responded with the question "What do you think?", whereupon she said, "I think you’re forty-five." (laughter) She thought it was very hard to judge how old white people are. All I could think of saying was "Well, thankfully I’m not forty-five quite yet. But it won’t be long now…".


    Children are obviously very important to you. You’re renowned for taking the time to thank ball boys and ball girls after big matches, and so on. Can you say a bit more about kids and why you focus so much on them?
    Obviously everyone goes through that junior stage. And I used to be a ball boy myself at the tournament in Basel. Being there on the court with the big people, with the pros, was a huge inspiration. And once you get to go and become a leading professional yourself, you start doing kids clinics yourself, and this interaction gives you a wonderful feeling. Now of course I have kids of my own, which adds a whole new dimension. It’s a wonderful feeling – so rewarding. Such hard work! But I love every single day I spend with my twin daughters. They’re always running around in different directions now. But to get back to the point, the desire to help kids out in some shape or form was something I really hoped to be able to do at some stage. That’s why I decided to focus my philanthropic activity on education, because education is not something you can take away from someone.


    And what about the relationship between education and sports? Do you think there’s a danger that kids will focus too much on sport instead of learning? Or is it a good fit?
    I’ve always taken the view that sport is a great tool for friendship, for learning how to cope with winning and losing. There’s no doubting that sport has worked wonders for me, of course. In Switzerland today, I get the feeling sport is sometimes still looked upon more as a hobby, even though we admire athletes once they make it to the big stage. But early on in their school years, it’s hard for teachers or for schools to really let go of their students, to give them free rein to become professionals. On the other hand, I was extremely lucky when I was still in school in Basel. I had some great teachers who really had an understanding of I was trying to achieve. Even though sometimes I was laughed at and had to hear things like "Yeah, OK. You might be good, but equally you might not be good enough." My parents always believed education was vitally important, and when I quit school at sixteen years old they made it clear that they expected me to go back to school if I didn’t make the grade on the tennis court within a few years. To which my response was simple: "Of course I’ll go back to school. That’s only logical." And I genuinely do think education is crucial. But perhaps we could be just a touch more open to sport here in Switzerland at times. Anyway, things did work out for me fortunately, and very rapidly. I became world number one in the juniors and went on to become the player I am today. In Africa, I think you need a rather different perspective. To my way of thinking, in Africa and in other places around the world sport can be used much more as a way of bringing people together to have fun, to have a better lifestyle, rather than it being a question of whether one can make it as a professional or not. So I think sport has a very different meaning in a country like Malawi, for instance, than it does here in Switzerland.


    You have mentioned Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, and the way they inspired you. How did they or others help you set up your foundation?
    I don’t mean they helped in a practical way. But they inspired me, and who knows, maybe that’s something more important. Indeed, that’s one thing I’m also trying to do in my own way – to inspire others. I heard just recently that I inspired Rafa Nadal, my main rival, to start his own foundation. Which brings us to one of the main reasons why I’m doing charitable work – to inspire others because of who I am, because of my reputation. My fame actually counts for something insofar as I can leverage it for a worthwhile purpose. It’s a wonderful feeling being able to inspire others. So obviously Andre had that impact on me. And when I meet interesting celebrities nowadays I always try to turn the conversation to the charity sphere. What could we improve? What do they think? What is their approach? Just as in the world of tennis I still need to be inspired and helped by others to fulfil my potential as a player, I guess the same is true in the world of philanthropy – I need to become a better philanthropist.
     
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    Better Opportunities for the Children of Malawi
    Daniel Huber, Head Publications

    Mirka and Roger Federer, themselves parents of one-and-a-half-year-old twins, were enthusiastic from the outset about the idea of launching a new, long-term project with a focus on early-childhood education with the help of their own foundation. A holistic approach to the program is being keenly sought, with topics such as health/nutrition and leisure/sport being taken into consideration alongside conventional pre-school educational components such as language, numeracy and cognitive skills. The target group comprises children aged 2–8 years. The program is to be rolled out in Malawi, a country with great potential and yet also one of the poorest in the world.

    Supporting and encouraging young children of pre-school age is particularly important to the CEO of the Roger Federer Foundation, Janine Händel, for it is at this age that many aspects of a person’s future development are determined. Investigations carried out by sociologist Karin Hyde, among others, reveal that children who are well looked after and encouraged from a young age grow up to be much more driven, resilient and thus more successful than others during the course of their school career. The risk of drug addiction and teenage pregnancy is also significantly reduced.


    Children Hit by AIDS and Malnutrition
    Malawi was chosen by the Roger Federer Foundation owing to the particularly disastrous situation currently facing this small, land-locked country in southeast Africa. The 2009 UN Human Development Report listed Malawi as the 13th poorest country in the world. Two-thirds of the country’s 14.2 million inhabitants get by on less than one dollar a day. Around half of the population of Malawi is under the age of 15. AIDS represents a huge problem. According to official estimates, some 12 percent of the adult population is HIV-positive. Young children are particularly badly affected. Estimated figures from UNAIDS show that around half a million children in Malawi have lost one or both parents to AIDS. In 50 percent of cases, these orphans are then being brought up by their grandparents. A substantial proportion of young children is chronically malnourished and frequently suffers from illnesses. As a result, a disproportionate number of young children in Malawi suffer from stunted growth and physical defects.


    Partner Organization Has a Local Presence
    As with all its projects, the Roger Federer Foundation was looking to establish a partnership with a local or regional partner organization to implement the new 10-year initiative. The project was put out to tender and a panel of experts supported the foundation in its selection of a suitable candidate. The Board of Trustees finally decided in favor of the impressive concept paper submitted by ActionAid.

    ActionAid is a development organization headquartered in South Africa. Its objective is to combat global poverty in more than 40 countries. [..]
     
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    Mike Mueller ‏@mikemuel 25 nov.

    Thanks @roger federer for making my boy's year. He's your biggest fan. The towel gives him strength to keep fighting!

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    Mike Mueller ‏@mikemuel 4 h Arthur Ashe Stadium - USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

    Thanks @rogerfederer and @MakeAWish for making This boy's dream come true!

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    Here is the back story for how it came to be

    http://www.southernjuniorteamtennis.com/news/a_wish_fulfilled_mueller_meets_roger_federer/

    A couple of photos from when he found out it was going to happen

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    around the world instead of playing with dead, flat or old balls. Also a tennis racquet donation system instead of so many racquets
    sitting in peoples draws collecting dust.
     
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    Facing Roger Federer book is out.

    Here is an excerpt of three players – Dominik Hrbaty, Gilles Muller and Dmitry Tursunov talking about the unique experience of playing a tennis match with Roger Federer.

    “His fans and the press make him sound a lot more threatening than he is.”

    Dmitry Tursunov: “It depends. If everyone talks about Roger as being the greatest, then you come out on the court against him feeling a little threatened. So you start making a little bit of mistakes that you normally don’t do. So I think a lot of it sort of happens in your head. You think to yourself a little bit, you force yourself to play too good for your own level. And if you get used to playing him, then you start playing a little bit within yourself and usually that’s the best chance for you to do your best. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing, if you’re trying to force yourself to play outside of your comfort zone, you’re always going to make mistakes, whether it’s against Roger, my grandmother, it doesn’t matter, so.”


    “Obviously, he’s a great player. There’s no point in denying that. He’s able to play consistently, play well consistently, he’s a very good tactician, so if something doesn’t work for him, he’s able to switch the game patterns. He’s able to come into net, he’s able to slice, he can hit topspin. He can be aggressive, he can be defensive. So that allows him to be very flexible with his gameplans.”


    Question: What was your most memorable match with him?

    Dmitry Tursunov: “I think, again, usually when you ask players like that it makes it sound like you played against such a great player. We’re all professionals. The guy can do a lot of things better than me but it’s not like playing him is such an awe-inspiring moment, like you meet Jesus for the first time in your life. And I think that’s what a lot of people tend to make it to be. His fans and the press make him sound a lot more threatening than he is. And he’s a very good player, there’s no doubt about that. But again, he’s lost plenty of matches. And it’s not that you don’t have a chance going out against him. He’s a very good tactician. Physically he’s talented. But he’s not the most talented person in the world. He has great timing. He’s able to slice and he’s able to use his slice in an offensive way which not a lot of people can do.”

    “But again, the most memorable moment…I’ve played three matches against him. I’ve lost all three of them. In one of them, I did take a set off of him. In my last match against him, it was in the Olympics. I kind of defeated myself there in that final set. I was so nervous playing him that I made a lot of mistakes and all he had to do was show up on the court. If that makes him the greatest player of all time – by forcing players to **** their pants when they come out to play against him, then I guess that’s the definition of a great player. And I’m not a great player. But I think I probably have the same effect maybe at a lower level. If I come out playing in Challengers, maybe I’d put a lot of pressure on the person. He’s thinking, ‘Oh f***, it’s Tursunov, he’s won two rounds at an ATP tournament last week. Now I have to do something extra to beat him.’ And that’s not the case. And a lot of times I beat players like that.”


    Question: Your lasting memory of Roger on court or off court? An anecdote?

    Dmitry Tursunov: “Well, he can’t. He’s got an image to uphold. So he can’t do anything less than, you know, like his hair is glowing.”

    Question: But you stole his bag once and hid it on him?

    Dmitry Tursunov: “I did, in Toronto. I think that’s probably why I got the set off of him [smiles]. I mean, he’s a pretty mellow guy off the court. I’m pretty sure that he knows that he’s really good in tennis and he’s got a lot of records. And I think of Roger showed up at the Corona Bar (adjacent to our interview at a practice court at SONY Open in Miami) we’d have like 15 heart attacks in the Corona Bar. And people would just start praying and, but, I think, again, it’s a part of the image. And a lot of it is press and how you present yourself. I really can’t say any anecdotes because he’s not going to put himself in a position where he can be embarrassed in some way. He’s not gonna fart in front of people [smiles]. And then, after a certain amount of time, you start feeling like Roger never farts. So that’s probably the anecdote in itself. That he’s never farted in his lifetime. He never has to take a shower after his match. He doesn’t smell. He smells like vanilla [laughter].”


    2006 Miami Masters R16 Federer 3-6 3-6
    2006 Toronto Masters R16 Federer 3-6 7-5 6-0
    2008 Beijing Olympics R64 Federer 4-6 2-6
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    “To be honest, I prefer to play Federer than to play Nadal or Djokovic. Because they make you suffer on the court.”


    Gilles Muller: “Well, it’s always a nice feeling Roger because it’s what you work for, those moments to play on the stadium, big court, against a guy like Roger. It’s always an amazing feeling. It’s actually nice to play him because you go on court and you know you have nothing to lose, you have everything to win. And if you lose 0 and 0 it’s not a bad thing actually. It’s not the end of the world. If you beat him or you get a close match with him, it’s fun. I enjoy those moments. I’ve always been one of those guys who loved to have those big matches and I always played well in them. So I’m always looking forward to have those matches.”

    Question: Is Roger very hard for you to play against?

    Gilles Muller: “Of course. He’s one of the greatest of all time, if not the greatest. And obviously he’s a very good player. To be honest, I prefer to play him than to play Nadal, for example, or Djokovic. Because they make you suffer on the court. They make you physically suffer on the court. And Roger’s more the guy who hits winners. So it’s not as hard physically to play him. That’s what I felt. Of course, in tennis, of what he’s able to do with the ball – it’s just amazing.”

    Question: What is your most memorable match with Roger?

    Gilles Muller: “The one I remember the most is the one at the U.S. Open when I lost in three close sets in quarterfinals. The first time I played him was pretty amazing too. I played him the first time in Indian Wells. That was back in 2005. And he had his long hair [laughs]. That was a pretty nice moment also because it was only my first year at the high level playing the big tournaments. So that was a nice moment. I like to remember the time we played at the U.S. Open because that was a close match, at least close to winning one set. So far, I’ve never won a set against him. So I was very close there.”

    Question: How are your relations with Roger off court?

    Gilles Muller: “Well, he’s very laid back. I mean, he’s always friendly to everybody, so that makes him special. Because you have a lot of those guys you barely see and they barely talk to you. And that’s probably also because we speak the same language. He speaks French-German like me too, so it’s easy to communicate with him. He’s a pretty nice person. He’s laid back. You don’t feel like he’s mad at stuff all the time. He seems like…I’ve never seen him in a bad mood. That makes him a pretty good person I think.”

    Question: Can you share a lasting memory on or off court, maybe a conversation or an anecdote?

    Gilles Muller: “I spoke to him the day before we played in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open. And I was just surprised. Because, for me, it was the first time I was at that stage in the tournament. All the press work with all the interviews and everything. And because I’m coming from a country where they’re not traveling to the tournaments so I have to make calls all the time and speak and give interviews in three or four different languages. So that’s always tough for me. At that point, that was the first time that happened to me, so it was very tough for me. On the other hand, I just saw him and he was doing the same thing. And I guess he was doing that everyday. I was just asking how he does it. It was pretty nice to speak with him. I mean, he could have not answered to me, because we played each other the next day. I think there’s a couple of guys who would not like to do that – speak to the guy or be nice to the guy you play the next day. But he was just very relaxed and he told me, ‘Yeah, you get used to that. And it’s tough, but…’ But it was nice. It was a nice memory.”





    Question: Your first memory of Roger Federer?

    Gilles Muller: “I think…I can’t remember against who he was playing but I’m pretty sure it was at the Basel tournament and I watched it on TV. And everybody was talking about this Federer guy being the next No. 1 and being a very good junior. And I just remember that the racquet flew everywhere on the court [laughs]. He threw his racquet like almost every point he lost. And then people said that’s one of his problems, he used to be crazy on the court, and very emotional. It’s amazing how he developed in that manner. He’s so calm on the court now, you barely see him say a word on the court now. That was pretty funny. I remember watching that match. I can’t remember who he played but the guy hit a winner against him and he just threw the racquet from the baseline to his bag. I thought that was pretty funny because when you see him now he’s a totally different person.”

    2005 Indian Wells Masters R32 Federer 3-6 2-6
    2005 Bangkok Q Federer 4-6 3-6
    2008 U.S. Open Q Federer 6-7 4-6 6-7
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    “On the last changeover I came over and sat with him. And I told him, ‘Roger, finally you beat me. This is the day.”

    Dominik Hrbaty: “Roger is different. He’s the new generation. He was comparable to Marcelo Rios, very talented, he has great hands, but the difference was Roger had the big serve, big return. He could make winners out of anything basically. And even out of defense. And Roger is just one of a kind. It’s always a special feeling to play Roger or any No. 1 in the world. Because he’s the best player in the world and you want to be at your best. If you can beat him you become a part of the history of tennis. Because you don’t often meet a No. 1 in the world. And if you beat him, everybody says Wow, congratulations. You make the news. All the friends suddenly text you. It’s just such a good feeling. Also you can do it for yourself because you can prove that your own tennis can play against the top player in the world. And this is the point of tennis. If you can prove, not only to yourself, but also to the other people that you are learned on the level, you’re really playing at the top. And people are looking to you, that you are the one that can play tennis.”

    Question: What was your most memorable match against Federer?

    Dominik Hrbaty: “Probably in Cincinnati when I beat him as the No. 1 in the world. But there was also one in Wimbledon that was our last meeting. Because it was after my surgery, I didn’t play well and this was the only time that he beat me. Because I beat him two times before. We were very good friends with Roger and he was always joking about when he was going to beat me. And in Wimbledon, that match, we sit on the bench together, which is very unusual. On the last changeover I came over and sat with him. And I told him, ‘Roger, finally you beat me. So this is the day.’ And we had a good laugh. It’s not only about competition, sports and tennis is about friendship and also about, you know, making the thing that you will remember for the rest of your life.”

    2000 Paris Masters R64 Hrbaty 4-6 6-2 6-2
    2004 Cincinnati Masters R64 Hrbaty 1-6 7-6 6-4
    2008 Wimbledon R128 Federer 3-6 2-6 2-6


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  45. joekapa

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    Well done Federer. Couldn't agree more.

    Also doubles players, should be made to play singles as well.
     
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