Roger Federer has always won the respect of his peers

Roger Federer has always earned the esteem of his peers

UPDATE DAY

During his long and glorious career, Roger Federer won the unanimous esteem of his peers, who expressed him as admiringly as they were removed.

< p>“I threw the kitchen sink at him, but he went to get his tub in the bathroom”

– American Andy Roddick after his loss in the Wimbledon final in 2004

“In modern tennis, you are either a clay specialist, or a grass specialist, or a hard court specialist. Where are you Roger Federer» 

– Jimmy Connors

“I feel like this rivalry goes beyond tennis. It is a topic of conversation for people outside our world. And that's good for our sport.”

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in 2019.

– Spaniard Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open in 2017, on his duel with the Swiss

“He does things the others don't. Sometimes you feel like going to the other side and giving him a 'high five.'

– American Sam Querrey after a match at Wimbledon in 2015

“Roger is capable of playing tennis that should be declared illegal…”

– Former USA player Tracy Austin

“I would advise his next opponents not to ask me for advice” Andre Agassi after his loss to Federer at the Australian Open in 2005

“Federer is the most fantastic player to watch play tennis”

John McEnroe

“The best way to beat him would be to hit him on the head with a racket”

< p>Rod Laver

“If I was his coach, what could I say to him? With a racket, he's a magician.”

– Goran Ivanisevic, former Wimbledon winner

“I can cry like Roger; too bad I can't play like him”

– Britain's Andy Murray, after losing to Federer in the 2010 Australian Open final

“The metaphysical explanation is that Roger Federer is one of those rare supernatural sportsmen who seem to free themselves, at least in part, from certain laws of physics”

– Writer David Foster Wallace in a 2006 New York Times op-ed titled “Federer as a Religious Experience”

“He's a real person. It's not a riddle. If you meet him at McDonald's without knowing who he is, you wouldn't imagine he's one of the greatest sportsmen in the world” 

– Andy Roddick< /p>

“It's impossible not to wonder if he's from the same planet”

– Novak Djokovic