“When he arrived, tennis was doing poorly, it was a boring sport for the elite. It took him back to the seventies and eighties”
London (England) 07/10/2019 – Wimbledon / Photo Panoramic / Insidefoto / Image Sport In the photo: Roger Federer only Italy
Another contextual reading in the midst of the rising tide of super rhetoric about Roger Federer: New York Times pragmatic to remember That when Federer arrived at the Tour, tennis was having a really bad time. lips. Make it economically the phenomenon that it is today, with Nadal and Djokovic. And he did it with grace, but also with painful malice for a “murderer who torments his opponents.”
“Tiger Woods has somehow made golf fun for the masses. But tennis, the hot sport of the 70s and 80s, was often an elite game, and was largely followed and played at a rare niche. At a professional level, the men’s game involved one group of players hitting the ball And another group back off.Andre Agassi was a rare exception who could do both and had a certain personality.However, like many players, he had a contradictory relationship with the physical and emotional demands of the sport that seemed to put many in difficulty.There wasn’t much joy on the court tennis “.
Then Roger Federer came along, “with his horrible haircut and a tennis suit two sizes larger and suddenly people started doing ‘Oh’ and ‘Aahing’ again.”
Cliff Drysdale, a former professional and longtime commentator, noted that every time Federer took to the pitch, the locker room was empty and players went to the stands or gathered around a TV in the players’ lounge to watch a man who seemed to be able to play. In a way they can only dream of.
“When the admiration you receive extends beyond the fans to your fellow players, it really is a thing. And The players would have watched all of Roger’s matches.”
“He raised the bar for the sport at a time when it needed it most,” said Patrick McEnroe.
“Grace hid the other qualities that led to his success – continues the New York Times – during his first series of Grand Slam titles, the victories seemed to come so easily that they hid Federer’s competitiveness. This became apparent after the 2009 Australian Open. He cried during the cup ceremony after Nadal’s victory him in a Grand Slam final for the third consecutive time, a period that included an epic five-set duel at Wimbledon in 2008 in what many consider the greatest professional tennis match ever played.
Grace also hid a killer-like cruelty torturing opponents. Australian volatile star Nick Kyrgios said Federer was the only player who made him feel like he didn’t really know what he was doing on the tennis court.
The New York Times mentions a “carnage” of results, including a “blunt” 6-0-6-0 for Gaston Gaudio (the one who beat Roland Garros) and 6-0, 6-1 for Andy Murray in the ATP Finals in London. in 2014.
“In 2017, during the Wimbledon final, Marin Cilic stopped with a pimple in his foot in the middle of the match which made him almost uncompetitive. Cilic was crying in his chair. Federer walked menacingly across the net, a look of disdain in his eyes, like a boxer who wants to get his opponent up so he can hit him again.”