Watch: Moment Roger Federer was shown on big screen in Shanghai Masters final

Federer was in the house for this year's Shanghai Masters final.

by Dzevad Mesic
Watch: Moment Roger Federer was shown on big screen in Shanghai Masters final
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Roger Federer attended the Shanghai Masters final and the crowd exploded when he was shown on the big screen. After being honored as the "Icon Athlete of the 2023 Shanghai Masters" on Friday, Federer stayed in Shanghai for the remainder of the tournament.

On Sunday, Federer was in the house for the Hubert Hurkacz and Andrey Rublev final, which the Pole won in three sets. To no one's surprise, the crowd went wild when Federer appeared on the big screen.

Federer has only positive memories of playing in Shanghai

Between 2010 and 2019, Federer made eight appearances at the Shanghai Masters.

In 2014 and 2017, Federer claimed titles in Shanghai. In his return to Shanghai, Federer recounted how nicely and kindly fans used to treat him whenever he would come to Shanghai. “In the past, I usually had one suitcase full of stuff I would usually take back because sometimes we [received] these paintings and all these things that take loads of space.

They can wait for you anywhere. At the club, at the hotel, in the basement of the hotel. They're everywhere and they don't mind waiting. I will never forget when I was here the first few times, I would not come out of the hotel until 4 pm and Mirka would go out and grab coffee and she would tell them, ‘Roger is not going to be here until 4 pm, so you don't have to wait in front of the hotel.’ They're like, ‘No, no, no, he's only here once a year so we're happy to wait!’.

They would wait and wait so I think the following here is pretty cult like and it's very intense," Federer told ATP Media. In 2019, Federer played in Shanghai for the eighth time. In what turned out to be Federer's last Shanghai appearance, the Swiss made the quarterfinal before losing to Alexander Zverev.

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