Roger Federer is still considered by most media and insiders the greatest tennis player in history, thanks to victories and the records he has achieved. But he is not only still the holder of the Slam record: he is the most beloved player by fans, perhaps the most loved in the history of tennis.
The Swiss Maestro has therefore also become the most desired tennis player by the tournament organizers, thanks to the business he moves thanks to the adoration that the fans have for him. Why did Roger Federer manage to conquer the unconditional love of the fans? Whereas at the beginning of his career he was a bad boy!
The many victories during his career helped him win a part of fans very early: in the early 2000s, there were still Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick. His elegance, the beauty of his tennis, his naturalness and his infinite class was another reason that pushed many people to become his fans.
But there is much more; he is a kind person, never over the top. A champion of style and a real gentleman. A point of reference for many sportsmen and for many families who brought their children for the first time to a tennis club.
"Who would you like to be, if not Roger Federer? Learn from his class, from his humility," my father told me when he took me to play tennis in the club near my house. The painful defeats, the tears were another reason.
The tennis God looked human, not a robot who could only win. In reverse; some of his emotional weaknesses have further brought him closer to his fans. The years pass inexorably, all to adore a champion now close to retirement, but here Roger Federer surprised us again, between 2017 and 2018, winning three more Slams and many other titles, repeatedly beating his nemesis Rafael Nadal and also returning, for a few weeks, world no.
1. Today, at 38 years old, Federer is considered the most loved tennis player ever. He won the love and respect not only of fans and crowds in tennis but in the world of the sport he is considered an example for all young players who approach a sport.