Swiss Maestro Roger Federer has said that tennis players put on a poker face when they are playing a match but they are also same humans with a lot of emotions and their hearts can get broken after a loss.
He was talking about Andy Murray’s on-court emotions after the end of their Wimbledon final. Federer defeated Murray to win the title and denied Murray the chance of becoming the first British player to win at the All England Club in the last 76 years. The Brit lost his fourth consecutive Grand Slam final and is yet to win his maiden title.
Murray was unable to hold his emotions and burst into tears at the start of his on-court speech during the prize distribution ceremony.
Talking to the media people during a recent interview, Federer said, “It does show as well that we are human. We may have the poker face on out there when we play as we try hard and smash serves and balls back and forward. Then, all of a sudden, when all is said and done, it’s different. You do care so dearly about winning and losing, and we care about what the crowd thinks.”
He added, “And, of course, our hearts can be broken. That’s why I feel for Andy in such a big way. He still has some years left. Other opportunities will come around if he has a good mental focus now.”
Federer faced a similar situation when he lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2009 Australian Open final. The Swiss Maestro wept heavily during the on-court prize distribution ceremony.
The 30-year-old also gets full of tears after winning big titles but it did not happen on the latest occasion. Federer admitted later that he would have been in tears if Murray had not wept at the end of Wimbledon final.