Great Words from the Greatest: 25 Roger Federer Quotes

Roger Federer is the Greatest tennis player of all time. Over the course of his career, he has reached 30 Grand Slam finals and won 20 of them. Even at the advanced age of 37, he still holds a world ranking of 3 and has effortlessly made it into the round of 16 of the ongoing Australian Open. Here are 25 best quotes from the Swiss Maestro to give you some insight about his personality, and motivation in general.

1. “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.”

2. “I’m a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me the most in difficult moments.” 

3. “When you do something best in life, you don’t really want to give that up, and for me it’s tennis.” 

4. “Sometimes you have to accept that a guy played better on the day than you.”

5This year I guess I decided in the bigger matches to take it more to my opponent instead of waiting a bit more for the mistakes. Yeah, this is I guess how you want to win Wimbledon, is by going after your shots, believing you can do it, and that’s what I was able to do today.” 

6. “The serve, I was too young and too small and not enough powerful to have a good serve when I was young, so my forehand was always my signature shot. So I used to always run around my backhand, you know, use my forehand as much as I could, and so that’s why I think it’s my strength also today.”

7. “I don’t play for the record books.” 

8. “What I think I’ve been able to do well over the years is play with pain, play with problems, play in all sorts of conditions.” 

9. “I’ve always been aware that the image you patiently construct for an entire career can be ruined in a minute. It scares you a bit, but that’s the way things are.”

10. I have learnt to be even more patient.” 

11. “I enjoyed the position I was in as a tennis player. I was to blame when I lost. I was to blame when I won. And I really like that because I played soccer a lot too, and I couldn’t stand it when I had to blame it on the goalkeeper.”

12. “We can’t always agree on everything.”

13. “The serve, I think, is the most difficult, in terms of coordination because you got to toss it up at the right time. “

14. “My heart is in South Africa, through my mum. My mum being from here, me spending a lot of time here as well, I feel most connected to this part of the world.”

15. “When you win everything, it’s fun.”

16. “Being a husband is for me as big a priority as being a father.”

17. “My dad said if you become a tennis professional just make sure you get into the top hundred.”

18. “When I won in 2003, never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would win Wimbledon and have my kids seeing me lift the trophy, so this is pretty surreal. And yeah, I was almost shocked in the moment that it all came together so nicely.”

19. “Sometimes I am a different character in different languages. I have different enjoyment from them. Sometimes different answers come out of me. Like, I didn’t even know that about me. I get to know myself through different languages, actually.”

20. “I used to get nervous, you know if my parents would come watch. And then I would get nervous if my friends came and watched. Today it’s not a problem anymore actually because now I enjoy it. I see that they, you know, respect me immensely, and I try to put on a good show and show that I can still play very good tennis.”

21. “I always had the dream.”

22. “I am extremely proud and honoured to have beaten Pete Sampras’s record as he was my childhood hero and I have always looked up to him.” 

23. “Early in my career, I struggled with consistency, but I couldn’t get more consistent than this year.” 

24. “My favorite shot is always gonna be the forehand. It used to always be my favorite shot when I was young, so its the one I’ve won all the points with.”

25. “There’s no way around hard work. Embrace it.” 

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