Roger Federer Talks About Why He Chose Tennis Over Football [Video]
by Tom Gainey | May 13th, 2014, 2:23 pm
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Credit Suisse has a new video out featuring their lead spokesman Roger Federer talking about the sport of Football. Federer says he can’t wait for the World Cup to begin and is looking forward to supporting his Swiss team while at Wimbledon.


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40 Comments for Roger Federer Talks About Why He Chose Tennis Over Football [Video]

James Says:

I knew about Rafa choosing tennis over football but didn’t know Roger did the same. I’m so glad they chose tennis. I wouldn’t be watching tennis so much if it weren’t for Roger and Rafa. I love football (soccer) too but tennis has become my favorite sport.


Hippy Chic Says:

James yeah me too,ive decided to lighten up a bit now,and stop wallowing in the self pity that was the farce of Madrid and that dreadfull final….


Colin Says:

Another guy who chose tennis over football – Andy Murray – has just won a difficult match in Rome, over Granollers.

This was the sort of match that brings cries of “boring” from people who don’t know their tennis. The conditions were terrible, with gusty wind blowing clay dust in their eyes, and both men played extremely well in the circumstances. Andy played that bit better, and looks in good form and (better still)looks confident.

Several times the cameras showed Italian great Pietrangeli in the stands. I well remember how the exceedingly English commentator Dan Maskell, always resolutely pronounced the name as “Peter Angeli”.


Perfect fan Says:

yeah true, indeed andy is looking good and granollers is no pushover on clay.

I hope andy manage to reach the qtrs and take on nadal….I m desperate to see their match up. andy-rafa is no decent match up on clay….but considering rafa’s recent struggles, it could be an interesting match.


the DA Says:

I thought Andy did extremely well today – except for that sloppy game at the start of the 2nd. Granollers is also good in the wind so it was a test of skills and nerve. Andy won 19-25 points at the net, always a good indicator of confidence. He meets an invigorated Melzer next, always a tricky player on clay. I felt much better about his game this week.

After blowing Chardy away in the first set, Fed has dropped serve in the 2nd. Looks like it’s going 3.


the DA Says:

ruh roh…Chardy has broken Roger in the 3rd set. I can’t tell if it’s the wind or a little rust. He started so strongly. To his credit, Chardy amped up his game from the 2nd set onwards.


Margot Says:

Let’s Go Andy!
Not able to watch the match live…..will really ENJOY :) catch up later!


Giles Says:

Gee whiz! Fed out! Joker’s draw just got a whole lot easier!


the DA Says:

Well well. What a weird ending to that match. Chardy had a point to go up 5-2 in the 3rd. Fed broke back and then got a MP which Chardy saved with an outrageous FH, then Chardy won. Back to nursery duty Roger, you’ll never get this time back again.

The only implication from this is that Fed might now be seeded 5th at RG, depending on how well Ferrer does.


contador Says:

I share your opinion, Margot. Let’s GO Andy!

Did not get ti watch the matches today, either

Great news for Jeremy Chardy! Congratulations to Chardonnay! It is about time Chardy shows us how great he really is :D

Roger Federer, well I am happy for him, as always. How can one not be?


contador Says:

Gulbis vs Ferrer sequel match. Oh my.

Well, I hope Gulbis took an interest and watched how Kei Nishikori goes about beating and nearly beating top ten’er’s.

Go Gulbis! Come on..


tramlines Says:

Nah, Gulbis wants to do better than nearly beating a top tenner.

He wants to be No. 1!!!


contador Says:

:D I know, tramlines :D

shhh… don’t jinx him ; )


metan Says:

I thought , my dad and me will see him, he is out now. I guess , Roger didn’t have enough preparation for Rome after the birth of his boys. Argh, too bad.


metan Says:

Gulbis wanna be no. One. LOL!


metan Says:

Oops, sorry. I shouldn’t jinx Gulbis. 😜


Giles Says:

His dad can afford to buy him anything he wants except #1. He has to work very hard for that privilege.


Hippy Chic Says:

Just do it Gulbis,too much big talk,theres a big difference between the good and the greats of the game,the greats dont need to brag about how good they are,as there records speak for themselves….


Perfect fan Says:

I kind of expected this….more than chardy played good, it was fed who played avrg.

I know and understand fed is very happy becoming dad once again and there is no problem relishing this moment….but if fed wants to play and wants to win titles, he gotta ditch this “so-excited-being-father” attitude soon and get back to business.

I m not trying to be rude here, but the point is he shouldn’t have opted for playing if he was not mentally prepared. Its him who has to take the decision whether to play or not and not his wife or team, IMO.

Anyways, he must get serious and start from the scratch….if he has any intention to win RG and not just go deep in the tournament.


Colin Says:

Apart from not being fully prepared, Federer is not at his best in windy conditions. His precision game works better indoors.


volley Says:

today is the 14th time Federer has lost a match after having a match point.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

14th time? some would call him choker for that kind of statistic


skeezer Says:

PF,
Yeah me too and posted the other day about his decision to play. In his transcript interview prior he had not convinced me that he was really into playing atm. No doubt the Birth event had to way more on his mind than the Rome event.
Hope he comes out fired up for RG, we’ll see. Congrats to Chardy though, he played well, hung in there.


tramlines Says:

It’s like Nole said last week, family comes first.

Children are a game changer for all of us.


Perfect fan Says:

yeah skeeze exactly, his presser was the first sign that made me uncomfortable. He was all words for his new grown family, but never did he said anything abt his preparations for rome or how he is feeling abt his chances thr.

TBH, I got a lil annoyed and I thought why at all he came to play when his mind is clearly preoccupied with his family….but then, he better knows what he is doing perhaps!

Hoping this bonus time helps him get over the parental hangover.


Purcell Says:

Colin: no one is at their best in windy conditions and Fed has played and won some incredible matches in such conditions.


Daniel Says:

Simon was 40-15 5-5 afer breakig Nadal when he served for the set. Now Nadal broke and will serve again.


Margot Says:

@ the DA, Colin and Conty
Just watched Andy’s match and
1) So good to see his court position, so much better than Madrid
2)As u said DA, so good to see him coming forward at every opportunity. Fleming is always praising Andy’s net game and I just wish he’d use it more often. As u again said DA, all about confidence. when he’s not confident back he goes into old passive default mode Grrr!
3) Hooray! Gone is that awful, permanent grimace! Just a couple of wry smiles at the havoc the wind was wreaking
He really didn’t want to be in Madrid, did he?
Come on!


Daniel Says:

Simin had 4-4 0-40 and couldn’t break. This will be another match with missed oportunities. What is strange is that Nadal is oscilatimg his level. But playing to defensive. And seems most olayers are attacking his serve more. He is not holding with authority.


courbon Says:

@ Daniel: And Simon just got the set.Nadal is definetly not at his best.


the DA Says:

@Margot – Glad you managed to watch it. Gives some hope imo.

This Nadal-Simon match is a real treat. Simon is playing like its 2008. He has been crushing his FH. His net play is still a disaster though. This match deserves a third.


Hippy Chic Says:

This Rafa is not winning RG this year….


Hippy Chic Says:

And i have my doubts about him even winning this match,hes not the player he was….


the DA Says:

@Hippy Chic – Relax. Over best of 5, Rafa would win this ten times out of ten. Simon, and many others, couldn’t maintain this level over 3 consecutive sets. just my €0.02


Hippy Chic Says:

The DA i guess time will tell i suppose….


Hippy Chic Says:

Im pleased with the way Andy played today….


the DA Says:

Guys, Simon has hit 50 winners in this match. That’s probably more than he hit all of last season.


youyong Says:

Nadal managed to win this one, he clearly isn’t playing his best this clay season and I’m keeping my expectations low for him. Hope he can just hang in there like today :)


the DA Says:

NID.


Margot Says:

Simon just didn’t take advantage of the short balls Rafa put into play. He tended to back off. Had his chances but played too passively at times….like someone else I know can…..;) Andy do you hear me speaking to you?


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