To piggyback off my other post, there was a time I didn’t care much for Djokovic. Federer’s losses to him would ruin my day. Around 2010 and 2011 this was most prevalent. Especially since before Djokovic’s ascension, Federer would often get the best of him, many times decisively so.
It wasn’t until 2014 Wimbledon that I gained a newfound respect for him when all the momentum was against him and I truly thought Federer would win that 5th set.
I took the loss extremely hard but the foundation was there to become a fan of his at that point. Add in his great matches with Delpo to add to this, and I always rooted for him against Nadal and usually Murray as it was anyway.
When he hit his down period and everyone wrote him off I often got trolled on here for saying he’d win again. Now here we are and I have become a fan for sure since 2014 onwards.
2019 Wimbledon hurt I can’t lie. Federer has seniority in my fandom and he’s still my top choice. I’ve never actually been able to root for him to lose. The fact it felt like he bottled it made it worse.
I don’t like when Djokovic fans try to downplay Federer or vice versa with Fed fans, but I’ve gone on record multiple times saying if I got into tennis later I’d have been a Djokovic fan first above everyone else. He’s the most like me personality wise and he’s grown up into being quite a good ambassador of the game on and off the court and his gregariousness is refreshing.
At the end of the day, I don’t know who is the GOAT. At their absolute best, the margins are razor thin between the big three. They all have valid cases. Federer at his summit is definitely better than some on here would like to admit, same with the other two.