Novak and Rafa fans, will you miss Federer?

GhostOfNKDM

Hall of Fame
The slam race is really between your two idols. Obviously the GOAT race is between the two of them as well.

(I won't get into other subjective debates; to maintain consistency, slam record holder is GOAT imo + Roger most likely won't end up with it even if he wins another slam)

My question is, for those of you who followed tennis before 2011 and/or were born before Roger won his first slam in 2003*, is there anything you would miss about him if he retires today?

* - the timeline is only to ensure we have a baseline of respondents who watched the man live in his prime years. Does not mean the opinion of younger fans of the sport does not matter.
 
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El_Yotamo

Hall of Fame
I don't much care for the idea of the "GOAT race" anyway. And yeah, I think he's an entertaining guy to watch, I actually watched most of his match in Halle today and had an almost decent time (almost decent bc of darn lab reports I was working on at the same time)
 

Beckerserve

Legend
The slam race is really between your two idols. Obviously the GOAT race is between the two of them as well.

(I won't get into other subjective debates; to maintain consistency, slam record holder is GOAT imo + Roger most likely won't end up with it even if he wins another slam)

My question is, for those of you who followed tennis before 2011 and/or were born before Roger won his first slam in 2003*, is there anything you would miss about him if he retires today?

* - the timeline is only to ensure we have a baseline of respondents who watched the man live in his prime years. Does not mean the opinion of younger fans of the sport does not matter.
Of course he will be missed. But for Federer Nadal and Djokovic would never have been what they are. He was the yardstick. Also his effortless grace on court, quickfire tennis and genius will never be seen again so any tennis fan will miss him. Regardless of whether he goes down as GOAT or not, he will always be remembered as the legendary icon Roger Federer who revolutionised tennis. We will not ever see a player like him again. And no, Tsitsipas is not his heir apparent!!
 

USO

Banned
The slam race is really between your two idols. Obviously the GOAT race is between the two of them as well.

(I won't get into other subjective debates; to maintain consistency, slam record holder is GOAT imo + Roger most likely won't end up with it even if he wins another slam)

My question is, for those of you who followed tennis before 2011 and/or were born before Roger won his first slam in 2003*, is there anything you would miss about him if he retires today?

* - the timeline is only to ensure we have a baseline of respondents who watched the man live in his prime years. Does not mean the opinion of younger fans of the sport does not matter.
The whole universe will miss Federer when he retires.
 

itrium84

Hall of Fame
The slam race is really between your two idols. Obviously the GOAT race is between the two of them as well.

(I won't get into other subjective debates; to maintain consistency, slam record holder is GOAT imo + Roger most likely won't end up with it even if he wins another slam)

My question is, for those of you who followed tennis before 2011 and/or were born before Roger won his first slam in 2003*, is there anything you would miss about him if he retires today?

* - the timeline is only to ensure we have a baseline of respondents who watched the man live in his prime years. Does not mean the opinion of younger fans of the sport does not matter.
I miss him since AO2020, because I don't believe he's coming back strong before retirement. It would be great and very surprising if he did.
 

GhostOfNKDM

Hall of Fame
Not a single thing.
Thanks for your honesty! Nothing wrong with that...

If I may so ask, how and when did your interest in tennis come about?

Just want to know a little bit more about tennis fans who may not share my preferences...
 

OhYes

Legend
Thanks for your honesty! Nothing wrong with that...

If I may so ask, how and when did your interest in tennis come about?

Just want to know a little bit more about tennis fans who may not share my preferences...
 

GhostOfNKDM

Hall of Fame
By the way I liked Seles' game too. So unfortunate what happened with her.

She seems like a beautiful, balanced person in retirement today even though she could be justified in being bitter
 

OhYes

Legend
Hope you are satisfied
By the way I liked Seles' game too. So unfortunate what happened with her.

She seems like a beautiful, balanced person in retirement today even though she could be justified in being bitter
You can't know what is going on inside of her ofc.
But prejudices about Federer who is loved around the world and Nole fans who started watching tennis at 2011 just can't go away.
 

GhostOfNKDM

Hall of Fame
Have been watching Federer for about 20 years, same amount of time I've been with my wife. Neither of them brings something I haven't seen before. But unlike Federer, I'd miss my wife terribly.
Weird analogy.:oops:

Are you planning on killing her or something?

Thanks for your response. Good luck to her!
 

GhostOfNKDM

Hall of Fame
Hope you are satisfied

You can't know what is going on inside of her ofc.
But prejudices about Federer who is loved around the world and Nole fans who started watching tennis at 2011 just can't go away.
(y)

Your 2 cents went a long way.
 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
@TennisFan3 @El_Yotamo
Appreciate your responses!
I will definitely miss Federer. A lot - especially his forehand.
It's no secret that I have NEVER been a fan of Federer. But that's not because of his quality of tennis. I mean he beat Pete which I never forgave. And then in the early part of his career, he was so much better than everyone else that it was easy to dislike him.
Federer, to me, WAS the reason that tennis was NOT competitive in the early part of 2000s. And then his off court stuff such as all the fashion and Wimbledon pants rubbed me the wrong way. Not to mention the Swiss arrogance.

Anyway - the reason I will miss him is the way Fed plays tennis. Every time the ball goes to his forehand he makes something happen. His forehand CC that he hits while moving forward -seemingly managing to hit the ball cleanly without breaking his motion is very unique. His inside out forehand is amazing. And for whatever reason, I really do like the way Federer volleys. For purists or fans of 80s, 90s tennis - that is the way you need to volley when you get to the net. Definitely not the awkward way Novak volleys or Nadal who basically just drop volleys. And finally no jumping, grunting or drama when Fed plays. He will go about his business quickly and efficiently.

So yeah, I will miss Federer: the flair of his strokes: his forehand, his offense, his net-play and just his playing style. I've never rooted for Federer to win, but I've also never been bored watching Federer play. Obviously Tennis will lose something significant when Fed decides to hang his racquet. He was never my favorite, but that had nothing to do with the way he plays.
 

GhostOfNKDM

Hall of Fame
I will definitely miss Federer. A lot.
It's no secret that I have NEVER been a fan of Federer. But that's not because of his quality of tennis. I mean he beat Pete which I never forgave. And then in the early part of his career, he was so much better than everyone else that it was easy to dislike him.
Federer, to me, WAS the reason that tennis was NOT competitive in the early part of 2000s. And then his off court stuff such as all the fashion and Wimbledon pants rubbed me the wrong way. Not to mention the Swiss arrogance.

Anyway - the reason I will miss him is the way Fed plays tennis. Every time the ball goes to his forehand he makes something happen. His forehand CC that he hits while moving forward -seemingly managing to hit the ball cleanly without breaking his motion is very unique. His inside out forehand is amazing. And for whatever reason, I really do like the way Federer volleys. For purists or fans of 80s, 90s tennis - that is the way you need to volley when you get to the net. Definitely not the awkward way Novak volleys or Nadal who basically just drop volleys. And finally no jumping, grunting or drama when Fed plays. He will go about his business quickly and efficiently.

So yeah, I will miss Federer's the flair of his strokes: his forehand, his offense, his net-play and just his playing style. I've never rooted for Federer to win, but I've also never been bored watching Federer play. Obviously Tennis will lose something significant when Fed decides to hang his racquet.
(y)

Yeah Fed did make some very questionable sartorial choices with the 'Sire Jacket' hehe...

Also agree there was an arrogance about him; not quite in-your-face, but definitely there - like he expected to be feted and shown obeisance.

Age and Rafa+Novak's achievements have definitely mellowed him.

All that said, as you recognize, he has been a fair sportsman and has brought both professionalism and flair to the proceedings every time he steps on court.
 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
Yeah Fed did make some very questionable sartorial choices with the 'Sire Jacket' hehe...

Also agree there was an arrogance about him; not quite in-your-face, but definitely there - like he expected to be feted and shown obeisance.

That said, as you recognize, he has been a fair sportsman and has brought both professionalism and flair to the proceedings every time he steps on court.
Fandom is complex. We support players because of myriad reasons. Only a part of that is tennis quality.
We have our own prejudices because of which we like/dislike certain players. I mean rabid Fed and rabid Nadal fans won't see eye to eye. And same goes for Novak fans.
Objectively speaking, however, Fed's tennis quality is supreme. I have no hesitation in saying that he has the GREATEST forehand EVER in the game of Tennis. Yes, greater than Nadal's and greater than Pete's etc etc.
Perhaps Nadal and Novak fans will appreciate Fed more when he is no longer playing.
 

OldBalls

Semi-Pro
Rog will be sorely missed. He was/is perhaps the greatest ambassador to the sport. Made himself a household name even to non tennis folk. And of course will miss his rivalry with nadal/djokovic.
 

Imperator

Hall of Fame
I will miss him for sure and what scares me is the possibility that I'll suffer from a post-Federer depression (not a clinical depression of course) because he brought so much to the sport. I struggle to accept the idea of him retiring. I won't talk about the post Big 3 era (when the 3 of them are retired) because this idea scares me even more, I don't even want to think about it.
 

RaulRamirez

Legend
Whether one roots for him or not - or whether one wants the next group of players to lead the sport or not - it's hard to imagine a tennis fan not appreciating what Roger brings to the game.

Too much to list, but at minimum, he has crazy talent and desire and obviously loves the game.
 

GhostofPetros

Semi-Pro
Yes admittedly, but will always have clips of his legendary wins over Baghdatis and the Smurf Brigade to keep me warm on snowy nights
 

Jai

Professional
The slam race is really between your two idols. Obviously the GOAT race is between the two of them as well.

(I won't get into other subjective debates; to maintain consistency, slam record holder is GOAT imo + Roger most likely won't end up with it even if he wins another slam)

My question is, for those of you who followed tennis before 2011 and/or were born before Roger won his first slam in 2003*, is there anything you would miss about him if he retires today?

* - the timeline is only to ensure we have a baseline of respondents who watched the man live in his prime years. Does not mean the opinion of younger fans of the sport does not matter.
As a Djokodal fan (leaning more towards Novak since 2013) BUT who respects Federer, I will miss the breathtaking aesthetic quality of his game when he was on full song.

You know, I hope, that many fans across all fanbases are actually reasonable that way. Rooting fiercely for one's fave while also able to acknowledge (however grudgingly), the greatness of his chief rivals. On TTW, unfortunately, more noise and space is given over to trolls of each of the fanbases. There are chronic offenders from all camps, whose only raison d'etre is to dish out animosity :)
 

socallefty

Legend
I haven’t missed him in the last year and don’t want to see a pale almost 40-year old version of the guy who is an ATG. i haven’t seen a single one of his matches this year and today turned to a different channel when he was playing at Halle. I hope he retires soon rather than being an also-ran at a lot of tournaments.

I used to like watching him play for a long time and Djokovic-Federer or Djokovic-Nadal matches were the height of tennis excellence for me.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
I haven’t missed him in the last year and don’t want to see a pale almost 40-year old version of the guy who is an ATG. i haven’t seen a single one of his matches this year and today turned to a different channel when he was playing at Halle. I hope he retires soon rather than being an also-ran at a lot of tournaments.

I used to like watching him play for a long time and Djokovic-Federer or Djokovic-Nadal matches were the height of tennis excellence for me.
It does suck seeing him get pulled around the court with ease by nobodies.
 

Indigo

Semi-Pro
I will miss Roger for sure. That 40:15 was über entertainment. Looking forward to Novak vs. Roger at WB 2021 too.
 

Hitman

G.O.A.T.
The slam race is really between your two idols. Obviously the GOAT race is between the two of them as well.

(I won't get into other subjective debates; to maintain consistency, slam record holder is GOAT imo + Roger most likely won't end up with it even if he wins another slam)

My question is, for those of you who followed tennis before 2011 and/or were born before Roger won his first slam in 2003*, is there anything you would miss about him if he retires today?

* - the timeline is only to ensure we have a baseline of respondents who watched the man live in his prime years. Does not mean the opinion of younger fans of the sport does not matter.
If you're a tennis fan, you are going to miss Federer.
 
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