Millions of eager tennis fans around the world tuned in this weekend to watch what many people believe to be the showpiece match of the annual Wimbledon tournament. The men’s final is always a showstopping event, and on the occasions when a certain Roger Federer is involved, the excitement and intrigue are increased tenfold.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 14, 2019
On this occasion, the man who many feel is the greatest to ever play the sport couldn’t quite close it out. Federer had two match points along the way, but ultimately was unable to overcome the might and determination of Novak Djokovic. He eventually lost a five-set thriller that went all the way to a deciding tiebreak after the two tennis titans could not be separated at 12-12 in the fifth.
With an impressive 16 major wins to his name, Djokovic is up there in the all-time rankings, but we don’t think there is a single person in the world who can say that he has the same amount of fan-favorite status as his Swiss opponent.
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Not letting their age stop them from dominating pic.twitter.com/J8lSg6B367
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) July 15, 2019
In a career that has lasted more than 20 years at this point, Roger Federer has redefined what many people thought was possible in the sport. He has amassed hundreds of titles and millions of superfans along the way.
You will be hard pushed to find any tournament in the world where Federer isn’t the name on the lips of the majority of spectators. He is a player everyone wants the experience of watching.
His noble personality and astounding skills on the court have made him not only the most successful player of all time but also the most popular from one continent to the next.
Today’s #Wimbledon final was just another chapter of the incredible legacies that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are creating for themselves. To all tennis fans: whoever you may cheer for, enjoy this while it lasts, because we’re in a golden age of tennis. 🐐🐐🐐 pic.twitter.com/mLfmskT6BF
— Sean Gorman (@sgorman0) July 15, 2019
So what exactly is it about Roger Federer that makes him so much more popular than not only Novak Djokovic, but also the likes of Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray, and any other name within the top 10 or 20 of the tennis power structure? Let’s take a look at what makes the Swiss maestro an everlasting fan favorite.
He Is Humble in His Success
In a world full of arrogant and show-off sports stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, and Floyd Mayweather Jr., Roger Federer stands out from the crowd as someone who is completely humble in his success.
For a man who has won more Grand Slam titles than any other in the history of his sport, you would think that a degree of superiority would go to his head. One of the most lovable things about Federer is that he doesn’t appear to have changed at all from day one to now.
— Emsoi Targaryen (@mcdeomania) July 15, 2019
Just as gracious in victory as he is in defeat, the unwillingness to show disrespect both on the court and in the press to his fellow tennis professionals is something that Federer has made a trademark trait of his personality.
His Astounding Tennis Ability
In any sport, the cream is going to rise to the top. It is impossible not to fall in love with Roger Federer after watching him on the court for even ten minutes.
While others seem to toil and struggle for points, the Swiss champion appears to glide from one side to the other. He executes shots so simply that it makes you believe that you could even have a go for yourself. It isn’t until you pick up a racket and try that you realize just how miraculous his shot making and court movement really is.
There is no doubting that he is most comfortable on the grass surfaces of Wimbledon, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that Federer doesn’t have an all-encompassing game.
— Kapil (@KaPi1_) July 15, 2019
He is one of only a few legendary players to have won Grand Slam tournaments on all three tennis surfaces. This is an incredible feat, especially to have picked up a French Open trophy in the era of Rafa Nadal’s clay court dominance.
He Is A True Role Model
In the modern world of press reporting, it seems as though we are always waiting for the next big story to break that turns a hero into a villain. In his decades of superstardom, Roger Federer has not a single scandal to his name.
His personal life looks to have been just as much of a fairytale as his professional life. Federer married fellow Swiss player Mirka Vavrinec in 2009 and the couple became a hallmark of the annual tennis tour.
Australian Open x 7 🏆
Roland-Garros x 1 🏆
Wimbledon x 5 🏆
US Open x 3 🏆@DjokerNole is closing in 👀
Can he catch up with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal? pic.twitter.com/4BSnGHL8Kh
— ITF (@ITF_Tennis) July 15, 2019
Their family life garnered much interest from fans and press alike, and incredibly Mirka gave birth to a set of identical twin girls in 2009, followed by a set of twin boys in 2014. When Roger puts his mind to something, you know for sure that he wants to do it better than anyone else. Two sets of twins, girls and boys, now that’s just showing off don’t you think?
Federer and his perfectly packaged family have come to be seen as the ‘First Family’ of tennis, and fans enjoy getting small glimpses of Charlene, Myla, Leo, and Lenny at the larger events in the calendar.
We Love to See History Being Made
Ultimately, one of the addictive things about sport is that audiences love to see the best excel and make history. With each new tournament win, Roger Federer is continuing to add to his already incredible legacy.
Fans want to feel like they are a part of history in the making. Supporting Federer in his continuing career is proof that we want the best to continue their ascent, no matter how high they already seem to have climbed.
— Barilla (@Barilla) July 15, 2019
In the last 15 to 20 years, the world of tennis has been blessed to have three of the greatest players in history all competing at the same time. The contemporary rivalry between Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, and Novak Djokovic is at a level that has never been seen before in the sport. It will probably never be seen again.
You are lucky to have one such champion in a generation, let alone three who all have valid arguments for being the best of all time.
It is a testament to the love and popularity that Federer has, then, that even in this crowded era of superstar tennis, he is still head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to a sheer outpouring of support. Tennis had never seen anything like Roger Federer before the late 1990s. It is quite possible that it will never see anything like him again.