When it’s all said and done, Roger Federer will go down as one of the most dominant forces in the sport of men’s tennis. He is a top player that has been ruling the court for well over a decade. We decided to honor Federer with a list of 20 Iconic Roger Federer Quotes.
Federer has amassed a total of 88 career singles titles and looks to be a continuously adapting to the new faces of the sport. His rivalry with Rafael Nadal was one of the greatest to witness since the Agassi and Sampras era and gave tennis fans something to hold on to for years to come.
What’s more impressive of Federer is the fact that he doesn’t seem to have any plans of retiring. Given some injuries late in his career, he still manages to make the very best of his time on the court. That is something all of the GOATs in any sport tend to do.
We’re not sure how much longer Federer plans on playing the sport however, we invite you to enjoy 20 Iconic Roger Federer Quotes below.
20 Iconic Roger Federer Quotes
“Tennis can be a very frustrating sport. There is no way around the hard work. Embrace it. You have to put in the hours because there is always something you can improve. You have to put in a lot of sacrifice and effort for sometimes little reward but you have to know that, if you put in the right effort, the reward will come.”
“People sometimes miss it and sometimes they don’t have it and they want it, and when they have it, they don’t want it.”
“This is probably my most dominant grand slam victory and it’s already my 10th in such a short period of time. I amazed myself.”
“You always want to win. That is why you play tennis, because you love the sport and try to be the best you can at it.”
“Previously I always thought it was just tactical and technique, but every match has become almost mental and physical—I try to push myself to move well. I try to push myself not to get upset and stay positive, and that’s what my biggest improvement is over all those years. Under pressure I can see things very clear.”
“No, I’m not (disappointed). There’s no reason to be because I’m on an incredible run. You always expect a loss once in a while. So when it happens, why be disappointed if I win over 90% of my matches.”
“My dad said if you become a tennis professional just make sure you get into the top hundred, because you have to make a little bit of money. You make a living so you can pay your coaching and, you know, your travels.”
“I never waited 27 years, because 27 years ago I was just born. My parents never told me, ‘If you don’t win Roland Garros we take you to the orphanage.'”
“Look. There’s many former players, many experts, who think they know everything. Sometimes they’re right, but they can also be wrong. You can’t always listen to them, especially as a player.”
“It could get into my mind. I could start thinking, ‘I can’t play against this guy, his game doesn’t suit me’. I could start accepting the fact that I have been losing against him, but that would be a bad thing for me to do.”
“I’m a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me the most in difficult moments.”
“I can walk around screaming, ‘I have 17 Grand Slams. I have the record here or there.’ When you can play for history and you do it, that’s what is so really cool, is that you can then be compared to other greats or you’ve passed another great, even though it doesn’t mean you’re better than him. But it’s just like that moment you’ve gone into the unknown where nobody else has ever been before.”
“Sometimes you’re just happy playing. Some people, some media, unfortunately, don’t understand that it’s okay just to play tennis and enjoy it. They always think you have to win everything, it always needs to be a success story, and if it’s not, obviously, what is the point? Maybe you have to go back and think, Why have I started playing tennis? Because I just like it. It’s actually sort of a dream hobby that became somewhat of a job. Some people just don’t get that, ever.”
“Early in my career, I struggled with consistency, but I couldn’t get more consistent than this year.”
“I always believe if you’re stuck in a hole and maybe things aren’t going well you will come out stronger. Everything in life is this way.”
“I think you need inspiration, motivation from different angles to keep you going, because it isn’t that simple just to wake up every morning and go for another travel around the world, another practice, all these other things; another fitness workout, another stretch. It’s always nice, but you need to have some success and you need to have the right reasons why you’re doing it. I think I’ve always been able to do that and I really enjoy myself out on the court.