Roger Federer: This Davis Cup Title Is Not For Me, It’s For The Boys [Video]
by Tom Gainey | November 23rd, 2014, 12:35 pm
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Roger Federer said after leading his Swiss team to their first Davis Cup title, the win wasn’t for him, but it was for the “boys”. Federer clinched the tie today for Switzerland by beating Richard Gasquet in straight sets in the fourth rubber.

“We fought hard to for it,” Federer said on court. “I the have been playing this game for almost 15 years now and clearly never come as close as this past weekend. So I’m happy I was able to stay calm and play a good match when I had to.

“I’m very happy for all the guys on the team. Everybody worked incredibly hard to get me match ready and Stan put in so much effort over the years and he played an unbelievable weekend and that’s what gave me the opportunity today. I’m very much aware of that. This one’s for the boys.”

The adds to Federer’s incredible legacy, but the star said it wasn’t about him.

“This is not not for me this is for them,” he went on. “I’ve won enough in my career that I don’t need this to complete my … everything you know… ticking off the box. I’m just happy for everybody else and I’m happy to deliver a great tennis historic moment in our country.”

Federer became the most successful Swiss player in Davis Cup history, recording his 50th Davis Cup singles or doubles victory. He was to play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga but the Frenchman withdrew with an arm injury.

“I mean I’m very happy the way I played. Clearly I expected Jo to be on the other side of the net,” he said. “Had an hour to get ready. Things weren’t easy out there but I was able to play aggressive tennis and I’m happy it paid off.”

Federer first competed for Switzerland in the international men’s team competition in 1999. Prior to this year, he had helped the nation reach the 2003 semifinals (l. to Australia).

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40 Comments for Roger Federer: This Davis Cup Title Is Not For Me, It’s For The Boys [Video]

contador Says:

Thanks for posting this, Tom Gainey.

This DC win is for the team.


Humble Rafa Says:

Got this via email

“This is for the team. Naughty boys Lammer and Chuddy Boy were adamant they wanted the only thing missing from their cupboard. I am happy to bring my bad back and talent to deliver it to them.”

Signed
Arrogant One (signed 17 times)


TGIT Says:

Not your best Humble Rafa.


Brando GOAT Poster Says:

Major props to Fed for saying it like it is:

DC is a team thing. NOT a individual thing. NEVER has been nor will it be.


Angel Says:

Now there is no doubt who is the greatest. Mr Roger Federer.


Polo Says:

Humble Rafa has not been funny in a long time since he lost tract of what he initially set out to be: a commentator channeling Nadal with a witty, humorous, humble twist. Now he has become just a cynical, anti-Federer poster. That role is already filled by Giles. HR has become a Giles copycat. And Giles does a better job at it.


skeezer Says:

^absolutely. Except Giles does a better job? No way. She is just a jealous fan crying wa wa wa anytime Fed notches another record in hs belt.
I’d vote for Queen. She makes HR look tiny itty bitty.
—-
“Stan put in so much effort over the years and he played an unbelievable weekend and that’s what gave me the opportunity today. I’m very much aware of that. This one’s for the boys.”

BAM!


Michael Says:

Although Roger in all his humility has dedicated this splendid victory to the boys, his contribution can never be undermined as without him controlling the net, Swiss would never have realized this dream of registering its greatest achievement in the Sporting field by becoming the 14th Nation to win the coveted trophy. Despite Davis Cup being purely a team effort, it is a personal milestone for Roger who had to wait for 15 long years to realize this long cherished dream. It is an deeply emotional moment for the entire Country where its most celebrated Son of the soil through his gallant efforts has brought it glory, honour, prestige and enhanced its stature amongst the Sporting fraternity and gave it a brand name for itself. Equally, the contribution of other players namely Wawarinka and the entire Swiss contigent too played a significant role in making Switzerland the King of the Tennis world at the moment. It is indeed the high point in the Country’s history.


Okiegal Says:

@Polo……obviously Federer read the same thing I did in that other thread, he’s trying to clear it all up here……he was getting too much praise and being the humble person he is, he wanted to make sure the boys got their fair share of the attention…..btw….like the byline, it’s straight from the horse’s mouth!! Lol


Giles Says:

“This one’s for the boys”. Hmmmm . Do you think perchance he means “Leo and Lenny”?
Lol


Giles Says:

@Polo. “a cynical anti-Federer poster”. Geez didn’t know you had such high regard for me! It’s ok, I probably deserve that comment. And what of skeezer? Take off your Federer hat for just a moment and give us some feedback on his posts. C’mon Polo be honest. Let’s pretend skeezer is not listening! Lol


Polo Says:

Okiegal, by the way and FYI, that phrase which you quoted out of context? It is not a byline. It was in the headline. Please, know the difference.


Okiegal Says:

@Polo… who peed in your cherrios? I told you I stand corrected. I’m sorry I don’t know the difference between a byline and a headline, I didn’t take a journalism class in school…..but obviously you got my point. Why are you picking this to pieces? Byline…..headline….who gives a big rip? I’m changing your moniker to Picky Polo…..Head Journalist……


madmax Says:

Calm down!

Switzerland just won the Davis Cup! That tiny, tiny Island with two main players, (yes, the others were there to share if needed), won Davis cup!

TBH, I didn’t think they would. I thought that France would floor the Swiss after the 02 tourney. Thought they would both be too tired. Shows what great athletes, great men Fed and Stan are!

2015 just around the corner, and what a year that is going to be!


Tennis Island Says:

That’s a true maestro. Achieving everything and still having others in mind


Silvia Schnur Says:

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka have accomplished a formidable feat.
Congratulations to both of you,you are the pride of your country
and will be an example for all the future generations.
Your names will be engraved in tennis history not just in your country but in the world.


Humble Rafa Says:

It’s crazy to see how people exaggerate simple things. 2 players in the top 4. What did they do? They muddled their way to a DC.

I didn’t have such luxuries. A bunch of minions. And I did it my way.


Wog Boy Says:

“engraved in tennis history not just in your country but in the world.”

Well, I am sure Roger’s is already in tennis history, without DC, but Stan’s name “to be engraved” just because he won DC, it is a bit OTT, don’t you think so? I mean, they beat Serbia (without Nole, Tipsy and Troicki) Kazahstan, Italy and France and they are both top 5 players, GS winners. Much bigger feat was to win it two years in a row like Berdych and Stepanek did it, they haven’t been given nowhere near credit for what they have done against all the odds, two years in a row. I will not be surprise if some Roger fan ask for Nobel prize to bi given to the GOAT.


elina Says:

Would Roger have even bothered to slip into Serbia at the eleventh hour had Novak decided not to partake?

Were these mutually exclusive events?

Regardless, you can only beat the player on the other side of the net which Roger et. al. did in spades.

Well done Roger! And Stan, too of course.


Okiegal Says:

I actually think Stan will go down in history for only one thing, beating Rafa Nadal at AO in the year of our Lord, Jan. 2014…….remember that date, it will be Stan’s legacy……..


Humble Rafa Says:

I will not be surprise if some Roger fan ask for Nobel prize to bi given to the GOAT.

It would be nice if this was a joke, but it won’t surprise if any jokers like Skeeze actually write to the Nobel committee.


skeezer Says:

“It would be nice if this was a joke, but it won’t surprise if any jokers like Skeeze actually write to the Nobel committee.It would be nice if this was a joke, but it won’t surprise if any jokers like Skeeze actually write to the Nobel committee.”
Excuse me? who is the “joker’ around here.? lol.

I did not know you were a fan of me, I am flattered. I can send you some Lindt Chocolates and/or some cow bells to help you feel better, just let me know. Now rest those fingers and rehab, see you in 2015.–


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer…….I will take the Lindt chocolates…..that is one thing that Fed is involved in that I like!! Those things are delish….haven’t tried the Belgian ones yet, but it is on my bucket list!!


jane Says:

calling all tennis fans!! what do you all think of this new “fast” tennis idea that fed’s backing and doing an exho with leyton to illustrate?

http://www.supersport.com/tennis/more/news/141125/Federer_backs_Aussie_fast_tennis

it sounds interesting to me – it’s a way to keep the 5 set format but shorten the matches nevertheless.

exciting times! :)


Dc Says:

@
Humble Rafa Says:
It’s crazy to see how people exaggerate simple things. 2 players in the top 4. What did they do? They muddled their way to a DC.

I didn’t have such luxuries. A bunch of minions. And I did it my way.

November 24th, 2014 at 4:29 pm
———————
I don’t have luxuries – I only have stem cells


Margot Says:

@jane
I’m all for “no lets.” If the ball is over the net and in the box, let’s get on with it!


jane Says:

i agree margot; even no ads is a decent idea, as those games can sometimes go on indefinitely! sets to 4 is interesting too, but 4 just seems odd after so many years with 6! the truncated tiebreak – to 3 i think? – seems maybe a little too short.


Margot Says:

@jane
In doubles we’ve now got one point only after deuce so it’s a small step to move that to the singles as well.
I think it would make matches more dynamic.


jane Says:

me too margot; frankly i am amazed that more people aren’t intrigued by this topic. i could change the game as we know it!


jane Says:

^ durrr, “it” could, not “i”.


Margot Says:

Lol jane, did u not realise when Fed retires tennis will END…….;)


jane Says:

gak! say it ain’t so margot. tennis must go on, even if only in this shorter “super fast” version, which federer approves!


Eric Says:

Hmm.. this is interesting. If I understand correctly, the idea is that a tiebreak (presumably still a normal one, to 7 pts) gets played when the set gets to 3-3. So if I’m serving at 2-3 and hold, we go to a tiebreak; if you break, you win the set, 4 games to 2.

Roger knows tennis a bit better than me, but I don’t understand how getting rid of lets would work — yes, it sometimes happens that a serve, even a couple in a row, set off the net vibration detector, which is a waste of time. But you wouldn’t really want to play the kind of points where the ball actually does have its course noticeably altered by clipping the net.

I doubt this system is going to fly on tour. Then again, they seem to be interested in getting it to spread at club levels (first?). A much more likely of shortening matches would be to go to best of 3 for everything.


Eric Says:

*way of shortening…


jane Says:

but it’s interesting that they seem to be taking into account that many fans of the sport love and value the 5 set format and thus are working for ways to maintain that while shortening the duration.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot 4:20

I hear you…….lol


Hippy Chick Says:

IMO The WTA should have a best of 5 format in the GS,even if it were just the semis and finals,make the GS different from the other tournies….


Hippy Chick Says:

Okiegal,Margots opening a can of worms lol sparks might fly….


Okiegal Says:

I like tennis like it is……now if I played, I might think differently. This is an interesting concept, I suppose. Fed, being the influential person he is, could get this done.


Roger is the class Says:

Congratulations Roger! Stanand Swiss team…

lol. humblerafa is still arrogance and ashamedness most here. I was surprised. When will dirty humble gamesmanship and excuse cheat be a 1st place of popularity poll of the ATP? Do you break the record for the sportsmanship prize ATP players choose?

Roger Federer’s 13 years and 9 times of record? I can’t wait…

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