Roger Federer: Crying Shows How Much It Means To Me [Video]
by Tom Gainey | November 6th, 2011, 10:48 pm
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Roger Federer broke down in tears after winning his fifth title in his hometown of Basel today. The 30-year-old Federer easily took apart surprising finalist and wildcard Kei Nishikori 61, 63 to claim the Swiss Indoors.

“I’m very happy, as I got better as the week went on,” Federer said. “I definitely saved the best for last at the tournament. I played really well today in the final.”

During the trophy ceremony, Federer, often prone to a shedding tears in those moments, once again broke down to his emotions.

“Here in Basel during the ceremony it reminds me so much of when I use to be a ball boy myself here,” Federer said. “Just reminds of how lucky I am that I am actually able to play on this court in front of this many people and get a standing ovation.

“It shows how much it means to me to play tennis and at this highest of levels.”

Federer also presented the ballkids with a “traditional” post victory pizza party. The Swiss now goes to France to try and win his first career Paris Indoor title.

You can see Federer get emotional just past the 4:00 mark of the trophy ceremony below:


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30 Comments for Roger Federer: Crying Shows How Much It Means To Me [Video]

skeezerweezer Says:

When athletes show emotion, winning or losing, it shows the passion of competing. Showing emotion is not cowardice, its showing heroism at the highest marks by showing your feelings to the world, not afraid or ashamed to honestly show your highs and lows. That is raw courage, not weakness, and with it brings the winning mind of a Champion.


Dory Says:

Hope Roger improves to at least No. 2 in 2012. He has realistic changes, not just hope I mean if he wins the important tourneys.


queen Says:

good for you Fed. I am sick of Djokovic winning this year.


madmax Says:

I watched the Basel tournament all the way through and it was great to watch Federer play after having a long break of 6 weeks.

What is really amazing to me as a fan is to see just how much, after a 12 year career of the highest calibre, Federer still remains determined, motivated and focussed on playing and still wanting to be a danger to his opponents.

He is just so consistent and so passionate about the sport he loves and how lucky are we to be a part of his never ending journey?

The fact that he is so emotional – still – when he wins, to me shows his passion for the game has not waned one bit.

Even one of the TV crew said he just doesn’t understand how Federer, with all that he has achieved, can still wake up with as much hunger for winning, just as much as when he was 8 years younger and won his first slam.

This is what is so incredible about Federer. He is like a duracell battery. He just goes on and on and still wants more.

Dory I think 2012 and no. 2 is very realistic. Reading about his goals and aims for next year…only 7 weeks away!…it’s blatantly obvious he means to stay around for a long, long time. He has even stated his goals for 2013.

These are happy days for Federer fans.


Lou Says:

Federer win yesterday was really inspiring. Definitely a lot we can learn from: 3 Lessons from Basel: Federer, Nishikori & Djokovic! http://bit.ly/t5QevH


pennrandall Says:

Until Roger gets a larger more advanced racquet and a new coach, he will be #3 at best. Old racquet and old form just won’t do it anymore no matter how advanced his skills are. Does Fed LIKE being #3 in the world?? Is he TIRED of winning slams?? Sure looks that way. Do us all a favor and get a new racquet for Christmas this year, Rog.


Ramona Says:

You are such a man Fed. Beautiful in every way!


Adebonojo Says:

Congratulations Roger. Although Nishikori is unranked, your game still shows that you need a lot to improve on if you are to climb over to #2 or #3 in 2012 but we will be too ambitious to think that you can achieve this feat by the end of 2011. With determination and futher improvement in your game you still have a lot to achieve and I am sure you can do it. Keep it up Roger, we all love you and admire you.
Sam


Jian Says:

So happy for Fed and fans. looking forward more coming.


Jocta Anoracle Says:

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Bravo Roger Federer!
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Your ASTOUNDING play on Tennis Courts throughout
the World often ‘Brings Tears’ to my eyes!
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Ciao
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sophia Says:

Your leading line for this article is, “Roger broke down in tears…” ?? It’s not like he was sobbing on the floor dude. It meant something to him and he choked up. I love to see a guy’s eyes get watery over something that’s important to him. Shows passion.

I love it!


FedFan Says:

Kei Nishikori was 32 and now after the final he will be 24th in the world, so he’s not exactly “unranked.”

Federer played beautifully, and it was really a pleasure to watch! I can’t wait for the Barclay ATP Championships!


douglas repko Says:

it is good to see roger show his human side!


Michael Says:

This Champion’s passion for Tennis is unparalleled. He is a prized gift to the Tennis World. I am sure we will not see a Champion of Federer’s calibre atleast for one generation. Some critics might question this behaviour of Federer’s crying habit but those who respect him understand that he does this irrespective of result – winning or losing.


Dravoj Says:

queen,you will feel even more sick next year.


justin Says:

Fed is the best ever. He never gets injuries. He is moving fantastic on the court. To me he is over all no.1. I love to see him play, no matter he wins or not.


Nina Says:

Well I am definitely not sick of Nole winning. I hope he can have a similar season in 2012.


alison hodge Says:

nina while i agree nole has had a fantastic year,i have to agree with what jane and margot said last week,its competition that makes tennis exciting not domination,dont get me wrong i like nole,but i hope the other players can step up and challenge him,just to keep things interesting thats all.


Mike Says:

Whats that distinctive aroma? FEDERER


Tootie Says:

Federer has some real emotional problems. But it is hard for me to feel compassion for him because he is so boastful and totally lacking in the fear of God (translation: no conscience with regard to sin).


FedFan82 Says:

I’m amazed and appalled at Tootie’s comments. Federer’s foundation has poured millions into helping poor children in Africa. In a worldwide poll, he recently came in second after Nelson Mandela as the most admired man in the world (beating among others the Dalai Lama). His fellow players voted him the most liked among them for five years in a row. I don’t know how anyone could say that such a man has “no conscience with regard to sin.” It is really a frightful and obnoxious comment. Fed sometimes says that he has played well; that is not boasting if it is true, as it was in Basel.


mia Says:

i cried when roger cried .. i was so happy .. after 10 months with no titles .. we finally get a one .. hope it is a good start for Paris and Master cup in london … good luck rog


Swiss Maestro Says:

Hi madmax,

Happy days in federer-nation for sure. Great to see you post.

Let us hope Fed keeps the indoors warm with his sizzling game. :)


Fot Says:

I’m just glad Roger is still around. The game and fans will miss him when he does decide to retire. I’m just going to enjoy him while it last. Congratulations on winning Basel again! This tournament may only be a 500 tournament – but it means the world to Roger, so I’m glad he won it.


madmax Says:

Tootie Says:
Federer has some real emotional problems. But it is hard for me to feel compassion for him because he is so boastful and totally lacking in the fear of God (translation: no conscience with regard to sin).

November 8th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

What?

Federer is an incredible human being who is giving and kind towards others.

Post not even worth answering.


Michael Says:

More than Tennis, Federer is a good human being. I like him for that. His philanthrophic mindset speaks a lot about his humanness. See, he is not a politician who must win people. He is a sportsperson and his fans (including me) will cheer for him just seeing him play. But Federer goes beyond that and helps people in need. Tennis has seen many Champions before but with little humanatarian mindset. Federer is different from that breed.


madmax Says:

Michael I agree,

Much has been said of Federer’s arrogance and behaviour, but every top athlete has to have that certain selfishness to be the best.

Federer does a lot with his status and his brand around the world to help others who are less fortunate and he gets so emotional (as we know) about tennis. If he is the heartless man that some talk about and uncaring person, then these are traits that he would not have/be able to keep under control.

He is human and that emotion is put to best use when his foundations are given the opportunity to help others.

The fact that he remembers his roots (basel win and buying pizza for the ball boys) is evidence of that.

Hoping that he can continue in great form for the Paris Masters and onto the World Tour finals in a couple of weeks.

This year has flown by already.


madmax Says:

Michael I agree,

Much has been said of Federer’s arrogance and behaviour, but every top athlete has to have that certain selfishness to be the best.

Federer does a lot with his status and his brand around the world to help others who are less fortunate and he gets so emotional (as we know) about tennis. If he is the heartless man that some talk about and uncaring person, then these are traits that he would not have/be able to keep under control.

He is human and that emotion is put to best use when his foundations are given the opportunity to help others.

The fact that he remembers his roots (basel win and buying pizza for the ball boys) is evidence of that.

Hoping that he can continue in great form for the Paris Masters and onto the World Tour finals in a couple of weeks.

This year has flown by already.


Michael Says:

Madmax, I would certainly like Federer to win atleast two more majors to take his total to 18. He can definitely do that. Of late he has been losing only to the top ranked players and that too many in winning position only to let it go by. I am sure things will turn around for better and Federer will relatively have a good 2012. I wish him all the best. Again his best chance is at Wimbledon and US Open.


tennis coach Says:

Congratulations to Rogers and his fans.

Queen, WE ARE SICK OF YOUR COMMENTS TOO! PLS GO AWAY AND SPILL YOUR POISON SOMEWHERE ELSE!

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