How many people have seen Federer play in person?

The Unknown

Semi-Pro
Seen him play 6 matches all up at the 2001 and 2002 Hopman cup, the 2003 Davis Cup semi where he lost to Hewitt and 3rd this year's Aus Open.

Have been more impressed watching Djokovic and Nadal live to be honest.



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Sartorius

Hall of Fame
Watched him in Istanbul, happens to be where I live. It was a great surprise for me (and for many others here really) to see him come here, I was certain I wasn't going to catch him live. More than worth it.
 
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HunterST

Hall of Fame
Yes. Cincinatti is a great place to see him and other top players. Great tournament, venue and organization overall (except for parking/traffic - getting out of the parking area after the semis/finals is a nightmare).
People who have been to Cincinnati, do you think I might be able to catch Roger hitting on the practice courts if I went during the qualifiers/first round on Sunday? I can't get out of work to go later in the week. Just seeing him hit on the practice court would be cool, though!
 

HunterST

Hall of Fame
Yes. Cincinatti is a great place to see him and other top players. Great tournament, venue and organization overall (except for parking/traffic - getting out of the parking area after the semis/finals is a nightmare).
People who have been to Cincinnati, do you think I might be able to catch Roger hitting on the practice courts if I went during the qualifiers/first round on Sunday? I can't get out of work to go later in the week. Just seeing him hit on the practice court would be cool, though!
 

augustobt

Legend
People who have been to Cincinnati, do you think I might be able to catch Roger hitting on the practice courts if I went during the qualifiers/first round on Sunday? I can't get out of work to go later in the week. Just seeing him hit on the practice court would be cool, though!
Well, hopefully not this year as Cincinnati will be held in the week following the olympics :D
 
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Laurie

Guest
Ok, it is becoming more difficult now to catch him on court. Not sure how often he plays Paris Bercy these days and obviously didn't play Roland Garros this year. In fact, all of a sudden, I am wondering how much longer he will actually keep playing.

One of the downsides of the ATP reorganising the tour so many times is that the very best players no longer play the smaller tournaments. I remember in the past the number 1 played in places like Lyon and Antwerp, San Jose etc etc. However, as I pointed out, Djokovic now only plays Masters, Dubai and Beijing and that's it. Unless you watch him on TV, not much opportunity to see Djokovic in person now if you are in slightly more provincial places.

I have noticed in recent times Federer has played in places like Portugal and Turkey, Nadal plays in South America every year, seriously I think that's great.
 

West Coast Ace

G.O.A.T.
...but my family was ready to leave....
Families come and go. :)

Hits the ball much harder than I expected, and like everyone has said he makes it look easy.
All the pros do. TV really slows it down.

Watched him in Istanbul, happens to be where I live. It was a great surprise for me (and for many others here really) to see him come here, I was certain I wasn't going to catch him live. More than worth it.
I hope you're doing well and safe. IST was always on my list of cities to see so the minute the ATP announced the tournament I started making plans (with the help of a friend in Ankara - who I met at the Barca tournament 4 years before). Then when it was announced Fed was playing - what a great treat.

Very friendly people. Gorgeous city. Hopefully the troubles end soon. Stay safe.
 

West Coast Ace

G.O.A.T.
...but my family was ready to leave....
Families come and go. :)

Hits the ball much harder than I expected, and like everyone has said he makes it look easy.
All the pros do. TV really slows it down.

Watched him in Istanbul, happens to be where I live. It was a great surprise for me (and for many others here really) to see him come here, I was certain I wasn't going to catch him live. More than worth it.
IST was always on my list of cities to see so the minute the ATP announced the tournament I started making plans (with the help of a friend in Ankara - who I met at the Barca tournament 4 years before). I didn't care who played. Then when it was announced Fed was playing - what a great treat.

Very friendly people. Gorgeous city. Hopefully the troubles end soon. Stay safe.
 
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Federer2006

New User
Ok, it is becoming more difficult now to catch him on court. Not sure how often he plays Paris Bercy these days and obviously didn't play Roland Garros this year. In fact, all of a sudden, I am wondering how much longer he will actually keep playing.

One of the downsides of the ATP reorganising the tour so many times is that the very best players no longer play the smaller tournaments. I remember in the past the number 1 played in places like Lyon and Antwerp, San Jose etc etc. However, as I pointed out, Djokovic now only plays Masters, Dubai and Beijing and that's it. Unless you watch him on TV, not much opportunity to see Djokovic in person now if you are in slightly more provincial places.

I have noticed in recent times Federer has played in places like Portugal and Turkey, Nadal plays in South America every year, seriously I think that's great.
I'm going to attend Basel and WTF and probably Wimbledon or USO 2017. Last chances to see him live for me
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I will this year in Cincinnati
Are you sure these top guys will play in Cinci this year ??????? this comes right after the Olympics in Rio. and they will be dead tired , even carrying a small nagging injury. and they may pull out to rest up for US open.....especially this might be true for Federer.
 

Wilhelm

Hall of Fame
I've seen him in Gstaad, at the Swiss Indoors in Basel, at the French Open last Year, the Davis Cup in Geneva and at the first Match for Africa.
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
Swiss Indoors 2013 final against Del Potro.

It was great to see Del Potro at his peak.
I also saw the two facing each other in Paris that same year, and that was the most impressive match I've seen. Iirc, the top 10 were all besides Murray (back injury?) there and I saw them all, but the flat, hard hitting, barely clearing the net at insane speed and perfect depth from the both of them was amazing ...
 

TnsGuru

Professional
I happened to be at the US Open in 2000 and a young Federer was in the third round playing Juan Carlos Ferrero. I was in the smaller stadium and I believe I was just a few rows away from the court. I didn't even know who Federer was but I was admiring his smooth strokes plus his demeanor was very mature and unlike an 18-year-old tennis player. His game reminded me of Sampras but he hit the ball earlier and I thought his one-handed backhand was more elegant than the great Pete and he had a big forehand that was at the time full of power but maybe not quite tamed yet and he used the eastern grip which was unusual because the semi-western grip was the grip of choice for most pros at the time.

Even though he showed potential and style, if you would have told me that this 18-year-old would be the future #1 and would have the record for GS titles I would have said no way only because there are tons of talented players out there with potential but never break through or just fade away. How many times have we heard about phenoms and future #1 labeled to players?

I remember there was a rain delay that afternoon and everyone went inside of the stadium and I was standing within a few feet from him. I was kind of shocked to see a pro tennis player just kind of standing around and mingling but I guess at the time he was a virtual unknown and he wasn't worried about being hounded by fans. He ended up losing but I was in awe of his skill that day. Needless to say, a few years later I remembered this "kid" become a man of a tennis player and he won Wimbledon in 2003 and I recalled saying, "hey, that's that young tennis player I saw a few year ago at the Open!"

I figured he would be an outstanding player but never in a million years did I think he would surpass Sampras in winning GS tourneys. When Pete won his 14th I thought this was a record that would stand for awhile but as you see, this was not the case!
 
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Hollywood401k

Semi-Pro
All the pros do. TV really slows it down.
I don't really find most of the other pros that impressive really. Stan, Berdych, and Fed were all pretty impressive but outside of that the pace of what I've seen on match courts and practice courts is pretty comparable to college players. Fed though is really a different animal, his movements are so exact that he makes it look far easier (than other pros do).
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Yes - I've been fortunate to see him play on several occasions. The ones that really stand out to me are the Wimbledon finals I saw as well as some WTF matches

Specifically
AO 2007, RG 2006, Wimbledon 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, WTF 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, Dubai 2015 (perhaps a few more as well)
One away from the career slam.;) Wow.
 

robok9

Semi-Pro
Are you sure these top guys will play in Cinci this year ??????? this comes right after the Olympics in Rio. and they will be dead tired , even carrying a small nagging injury. and they may pull out to rest up for US open.....especially this might be true for Federer.
I'll be honest. I don't see a scenario in which Fed skips Cincinnati if he's physically able to play. Plus, given his overall lack of matches this year, motivation shouldn't be any issue.
 

robok9

Semi-Pro
Are you sure these top guys will play in Cinci this year ??????? this comes right after the Olympics in Rio. and they will be dead tired , even carrying a small nagging injury. and they may pull out to rest up for US open.....especially this might be true for Federer.
I'll be honest. I don't see a scenario in which Fed skips Cincinnati if he's physically able to play. Plus, given his overall lack of matches this year, motivation shouldn't be any issue.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I will this year in Cincinnati
Are you sure these top guys will play in Cinci this year ??????? this comes right after the Olympics in Rio. and they will be dead tired , even carrying a small nagging injury. and they may pull out to rest up for US open.....especially this might be true for Federer.
I'm sure you also could be seen choking on a sidewalk and refuse a sniff on the oxygen tank.
agree if there is only ONE player you could ever see in person, it would be Roger. he hits shots that normal ATP player just cannot hit or even think of hitting. and his forehand is massive.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I will this year in Cincinnati
Are you sure these top guys will play in Cinci this year ??????? this comes right after the Olympics in Rio. and they will be dead tired , even carrying a small nagging injury. and they may pull out to rest up for US open.....especially this might be true for Federer.
I'm sure you also could be seen choking on a sidewalk and refuse a sniff on the oxygen tank.
agree if there is only ONE player you could ever see in person, it would be Roger. he hits shots that normal ATP player just cannot hit or even think of hitting. and his forehand is massive.
 

teckid

Rookie
A few times:

Houston - Masters Cup 03 - RR vs. Agassi
Indian Wells 11 - 3R vs. Chela (think I caught some of his dubs too?)
US Open 2013 - 3R vs. Mannarino
 

VaporDude95

Banned
seen him play at the AO in 2012 vs Tomic, 2013 vs Raonic, 2014 vs Tsonga and this year vs Berdych
Also at the USO in 2011 vs Cilic
 

Rogael Naderer

Semi-Pro
2011 WTF RR D. Nadal WOAH! What a performance! Saw this from just a couple of rows back.

2012 WTF RR D. Tipsarevic great display

2013 WTF RR lost to Nadal not sure what changed from 2011, Nadal upped his level for sure!

2014 WTF retired before final against Novak:( I had front row seats!

2015 Wimbledon D. Bautista Agut, saw him hit one of his fastest I/o forehands, mind blowing!

2016 Wimbledon D. Steve Johnson, good game, went pretty fast, and most of us cheered for STEEVE!!!! But to no avail, straight sets.

Overall I've been lucky getting to see him at the WTF RR, and also at Wimbledon where the ballot gave me the right day.

Living in London gives me two chances a year to catch the worlds best in action.
 

Rogael Naderer

Semi-Pro
2011 WTF RR D. Nadal WOAH! What a performance! Saw this from just a couple of rows back.

2012 WTF RR D. Tipsarevic great display

2013 WTF RR lost to Nadal not sure what changed from 2011, Nadal upped his level for sure!

2014 WTF retired before final against Novak:( I had front row seats!

2015 Wimbledon D. Bautista Agut, saw him hit one of his fastest I/o forehands, mind blowing!

2016 Wimbledon D. Steve Johnson, good game, went pretty fast, and most of us cheered for STEEVE!!!! But to no avail, straight sets.

Overall I've been lucky getting to see him at the WTF RR, and also at Wimbledon where the ballot gave me the right day.

Living in London gives me two chances a year to catch the worlds best in action.
 

davced1

Hall of Fame
2010 Stockholm final when he beat Florian Mayer. It was nice to watch him while he was still close to his prime and to see him win a title!
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
Federer v Soderling WTF 2010

Pretty good match, nothing spectacular.

Greatest surprises going into the WTF that year:
  1. Nadal is not as ripped or Hulk-like as people here seem to think
  2. Federer is not as skinny or nerd-like as people here seem to think (if you thought that made him more relatable to yourselves, I'm sorry to disappoint, but skills alone don't make a tennis player)
  3. Fedal hit a lot harder than most people here give them credit for (people here who think that Nadal hits puff balls or that Federer trades spin for flat balls need a huge dose of reality)
  4. Federer hits a lot more spin than people think
 
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sbaniak

Rookie
Saw him win the Gerry Weber Open final against Youzhny a few years ago. The intertubes say that was 2013... sounds about right. Seeing him on Grass felt appropriately oldschool.
 
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