Roger Federer Can’t Remember The Last Time He Didn’t Have Support From The Crowd
by Tom Gainey | November 12th, 2012, 9:39 am

If you watched the matches yesterday at the ATP Finals you may have noticed in the Roger Federer-Andy Murray semifinal that the crowd was almost evenly divided between two favorites. The surprising this is Murray is a Briton playing in London, yet at times it sounded like Roger had the greater cheering section.

After his 76, 62 win over Murray, Federer said he wasn’t surprised by the support he received from the British fans because he gets it everywhere.

“I always get a lot, but sometimes the opponent gets more,” Federer said, speaking about his passionate fan base. “It’s been a long, long time since I haven’t gotten any support. Let’s put it that way. I have always the opportunity to play on center court or on the second court at the big events, which is like a center court, too. It’s something definitely that makes playing well easier, to be quite honest. I guess because I’ve been in the game for so long, I do have many people who just enjoy watching me play or feel like it’s a throwback maybe to the back‑in‑the‑day times when they used to play with one‑handed backhands, and they like me because of those things.

“I don’t know what it is, but I do get a lot of support and do it appreciate it. I don’t remember the last time I didn’t get any support.”

Federer is a global brand and he is adored everywhere he plays. In Davis Cup, that could be different especially if he played a Rafael Nadal in Spain or Novak Djokovic in Serbia.

Murray agreed, “Almost all the times when you play Roger anywhere in the world, he gets great support everywhere. He deserves that because of everything that’s he’s achieved.”

Later today Federer will have the crowd in his pocket against when he faces Djokovic for the ATP Finals crown. Federer has won the event six times and he’s beaten the Serb in their two most recent meetings.

“For me, I think for both of us, it’s pretty straightforward,” Federer said. “I think we’ve got to press out the last juice that’s left in our body and make it a successful year end, even though it’s been successful for everybody who has been taking part in this tournament. But it is a big opportunity playing sort of the last match of the season, and facing off against Novak obviously is always special, especially here at the World Tour Finals.”

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8 Comments for Roger Federer Can’t Remember The Last Time He Didn’t Have Support From The Crowd

Humble Rafa Says:

I have some fans too, you know.

rogerafa Says:


Yes indeed. Your “humility” is widely appreciated just like the “arrogance” of the “arrogant one”.

The Great Davy Says:

Fans, what this mean?

rogerafa Says:

It was quite strange to see so much support for Roger. Perhaps there were a lot of non-Brits in the audience. Here is an interesting view on the matter.

jane Says:

Interesting view rogerafa. I’d imagine it’s an international audience at the O2. Besides which, not long ago there was a thing on the ATP site about how Fed and Rafa have like 10 million FB fans, so no doubt they will have lots of fans everywhere.

But the article you posted did make me feel sad for Andy. :/

YP Says:

rogerafa: the comments are even more interesting than the article and give some perspective.

Michael Says:

Normally, players will enjoy the home advantage but not when you play against Roger who will turn out to be the son of the soil wherever he plays. He is just so popular, adored, cheered and loved for what all he has done to this sport and also through charitable means. The ATP point structure might tell a different story, but for the majority of the Tennis lovers, Roger is always No.1

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