‘In danger’: The real reason Roger Federer refuses to retire

OhYes

Legend
Fed will always be the greatest of all time. Even when is record is broken. Look at the NBA, Michael Jordan is considered the greatest of all time, but he doesn't hold the most championships. Bill Russell has 11 NBA rings. The same will go for Federer.
I don't have a problem if people prefer his style of play. And if it is like that with everyone around here, there won't be any fan wars at all. But it is not about that obviously.
 

Dondon

Semi-Pro
Fed will always be the greatest of all time. Even when is record is broken. Look at the NBA, Michael Jordan is considered the greatest of all time, but he doesn't hold the most championships. Bill Russell has 11 NBA rings. The same will go for Federer.
He's collecting appearance fees
He double the Rome ticket prices.

He is the goatterer
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
Don't be so agitated, I am not expecting any of you to bow down to my opinion as well as I won't succumb to what majority thinks.
And don't act stupid, Fed can change surface, he can do many things that are not in fair play book. It is ok to make questions about that. As well as is ok from press to choke Djokovic every now and then, to make up stories and create public opinion about his acts.
This thread just gets better and better.

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RaulRamirez

Hall of Fame
If Roger wants to keep playing for another five or 10 years, that's his prerogative...or is it preROGative ? Sorry. If one of his reasons is to hang onto the majors record, that's a valid motivation.

I agree with @Hitman - it's hard to think of many athletes who love their sport as much as Roger does. And he's hardly embarrassing himself by still being the third-best player in the world at almost 38. He probably is confident/crazy enough to believe that he can push his major titles to 21 or 22. Can any tennis fan rule that out? I don't.

Much as I root more for Rafa and Novak, and also think that there isn't much separating the 3 GOATs, my respect for Fed is enormous. The sport is better with him playing.
 

King No1e

Legend
The real reason is probably this lady:




I suspect she can't stand the thought of Rogie sitting around their many houses all day boring her to death with endless chatter about his past tennis exploits! ;)
She can just learn Spanish, and speak it so that Rogr is too busy cracking up to annoy her
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
You’re right, because Djokovic was NEVER going to have a down period and was going to be winning multiple slams every year until 2068:rolleyes::rolleyes:

If Djokovic had an actual competent youngster competing with him in his peak, maybe he’d never touch double digits. Easy to speculate such nonsense isn’t it?
Call me back when Fed beats Djokovic at a Slam again
 

Sport

Legend
If Djokovic hadn't totally blown 2017 he wouldn't be in the lead now
If Nadal hadn't totally blown 2015 and 2016, Djokovic wouldn't be in the lead regardless of his 2017 form.

2017 Djokovic was in bad form, but all tennis players have bad years and Djokovic also increased his Slam count (RG 2016) when other players where in bad shape (Nadal).

So let us not criticize Roger for winning Slams when Djkovic was in poor form, because Djokovic has also won Slams when others are in poor form.
 
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Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
It is quite sad that you have an almost pathological need to try to bully and intimidate others here, and to what end? Just to lower the level of discourse?

Those who express different opinions than you are scrutinized, mischaracterized and ridiculed...or attempted to be.

I've been here for about 9 months and this must be at least the 50th time that you have tried to take a shot at me or posted in such a way that good threads have been either dragged down or deleted.

And why? It's a tennis discussion board. People have different opinions and judgments. Some try to be knowledgeable, open-minded and considerate of others - even if expressing strong (or not even controversial) opinions.
All that because I said that I am surprised by your stance?



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NBP

Hall of Fame
Call me back when Fed beats Djokovic at a Slam again
What’s that got to do with anything? If Djokovic made it to the semis at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, Fed would have spanked him either way, but he couldn’t. So don’t blame Fed for Djokovic’s poor form.

And yet again, you still discredit the draw from hell he had at the AO17. I expect nothing less though, you said Nadal’s USO13 was more impressive:-D
 

Sentinel

Bionic Poster
Don't be so agitated, I am not expecting any of you to bow down to my opinion as well as I won't succumb to what majority thinks.
And don't act stupid, Fed can change surface, he can do many things that are not in fair play book. It is ok to make questions about that. As well as is ok from press to choke Djokovic every now and then, to make up stories and create public opinion about his acts.
No one is bowing down to your opinion, or even rejecting it. Was just asking you to back it up with facts.
 

Sentinel

Bionic Poster
Paris rings any bells ?
I just google that, and the top response was from someone who says that the director ASKED federer what he prefered. So its not like Federer asked for it.

I hope I can trust that source though. It seems Federer did not even want to play there. So basically you've disproved yourself.

Federer didn't want to play Paris, so they changed surface asking Federer himself what would he like best. Although they knew Nadal would have tough time in those conditions, Federer was main treat for 2007-2011 director of Paris Masters.

Are there any other tournaments that did similar thing ?
Oh wait, its' you again. I am quoting you to you !!!!
 

BorgTheGOAT

Professional
Fed will always be the greatest of all time. Even when is record is broken. Look at the NBA, Michael Jordan is considered the greatest of all time, but he doesn't hold the most championships. Bill Russell has 11 NBA rings. The same will go for Federer.
Couldn’t have possibly find a dumber comparison. Bill Russel played way before Jordan during a time where that NBA was at the beginning and college basketball was more popular for a long time. Not at all comparable in terms of competition. Not to mention that it is completely bs to compare total Titels in team sport anyways, otherwise KC Jones, Horry, Luc Longley etc are all greater than Barkley or Malone. To make it short nobody will “always” be the greatest. Jordan can be surpassed and also Federer, assuming that they are the greatest in the first place which is highly debatable.
 
The title of the thread is misleading.

The article clearly states that Djokodal is ONE of the reasons, and that is true. However, nobody in history of the game has loved the game the way Federer has, and he simply doesn't want it to end. That is also a very BIG reason why he still plays it, he simply loves it, and he lives for moments like the MPs saved against Coric in Rome, and the thrill of playing future generations.
This is very weird, but I'm strangely finding myself arguing against you a bit on this point. How do you know that "nobody in the history of the game has loved the game the way Federer has"? That's hyperbole, boy.

Yes, he loves the sport, but he is certainly motivated to keep Nadal and the utterly despicable Novak Djokovic away from GOAT position.
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
@ABCD i always like reading your posts, but from an Australian perspective, that FoxSports site responsible for that piece is just a FOX offshoot cable sports TV station in this country and not a content provider to be relied upon for good writing about tennis.

Even the headline is not great. By including the wording "the real reason..." in the title, it gives the impression that the piece is not going to be merely speculative.

I like a lot of your posts and content on here, and I think the major count is always in the back of Federer's mind, but there must be far better sources and interesting essays / articles about this topic to refer from (imo).
 
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Federer is in "lurking" phase, meaning he is waiting to pounce if the draw falls apart and he does not have to face Djoker or Nadal. You never know, at his level he could sneak one or two if Nadal and Djokovic drop their levels and a draw or two opens up.

Only problem is he had a chance last year at wimbledon to only face one of them. If it's going to happen, he will need help from Nadal and Djoker.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
So the reason he plays Roland Garros is to stop Rafa from winning another slam? :-D
Fed knows this is the last hooray so he is going to try to work something on clay. Of course he wants to believe he CAN beat Raf but, also would be the first to admit it is the biggest ask in tennis.

And imagine the fat appearance checks this year...


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@ABCD i always like reading your posts, but from an Australian perspective, that FoxSports site responsible for that piece is just a FOX offshoot cable sports TV station in this country and not a content provider to be relied upon for good writing about tennis.

Even the headline is not great. By including the wording "the real reason..." in the title, it gives the impression that the piece is not going to be merely speculative.

I like a lot of your posts and content on here, and I think the major count is always in the back of Federer's mind, but there must be far better sources and interesting essays / articles about this topic to refer from (imo).
Groth's comments are old and the writer didn't add anything new. Lazy article
 

Benjamin Rio

Professional
If Nadal hadn't totally blown 2015 and 2016, Djokovic wouldn't be in the lead regardless of his 2017 form.

2017 Djokovic was in bad form, but all tennis players have bad years and Djokovic also increased his Slam count (RG 2016) when other players where in bad shape (Nadal).

So let us not criticize Roger for winning Slams when Djkovic was in poor form, because Djokovic has also won Slams when others are in poor form.
Nadal didn't blow 2015 and 2016. He was outblown by better tennis players. By the way in 2016 Nadal was playing well. He won MC and was one of the contenders for the FO.

Federer was playing well (not his peak) from 2014 to now. Well enough to reach 6 GS finals. The 3 GS he won was when Novak was out of form. The 3 he lost was to Novak....

Since Novak has found his form, he's stopped Nadal winning 2 of the last 3 GS . The 3 GS Nadal won in 2017 and 2018 were with an out of form Novak or an injured Fed....
 

ABCD

Hall of Fame
@ABCD i always like reading your posts, but from an Australian perspective, that FoxSports site responsible for that piece is just a FOX offshoot cable sports TV station in this country and not a content provider to be relied upon for good writing about tennis.

Even the headline is not great. By including the wording "the real reason..." in the title, it gives the impression that the piece is not going to be merely speculative.

I like a lot of your posts and content on here, and I think the major count is always in the back of Federer's mind, but there must be far better sources and interesting essays / articles about this topic to refer from (imo).
Thank you for your comment. The article was used to facilitate discussion and I think that some interesting points were made. Good people of TTW excelled once again.
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
Fed knows this is the last hooray so he is going to try to work something on clay. Of course he wants to believe he CAN beat Raf but, also would be the first to admit it is the biggest ask in tennis.

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LOL, there is no way you believe the things you write.

Sent from my Castle using Postal carriage.

:D
 
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Rhino

Legend
Why is it so hard to believe that he just loves tennis?
And he can still win huge events like Miami, so why not?
 

3lite

Professional
Novak Djokovic is the only reason Federer is still playing tennis.

Real tennis heads know this.
 

RaulRamirez

Hall of Fame
Novak Djokovic is the only reason Federer is still playing tennis.

Real tennis heads know this.
Sure, he's motivated by records, competition and legacy. Why not? But, he loves tennis, and last I checked, he's still pretty good at it...and also adored around the world.

(And hey, I have one kid and love him fiercely, but I still love getting out to play tennis.)
 
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