Federer: the master of the game | Roger Federer’s Perfectly Imperfect Journey

Roger Federer is undoubtedly one of the most famous sports icons of his generation. However, retirement is approaching for the Swiss and that is why Christopher Clarey wants to publish the most complete work ever written about the man with 20 Grand Slam titles.

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Nicholas Richard

Nicholas Richard
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“Hello how are you? Mr. Clarey replied when we contacted him by phone in Rome. He had just finished a post-match interview with Bianca Andreescu.” He looks good. You must be having fun. to see him play again! »

The entire interview took place in Molière’s language. Journalist in New York Times, Christopher Clarey had the opportunity to travel the world. Assigned to tennis coverage for 30 years, he had the opportunity to perfect his French, which is now nearing perfection.

Three decades in which he also had the privilege of following and holding shoulders with Roger Federer. What ends now is the last work about the Swiss master. “I really want to understand the phenomenon of his global and international popularity, because obviously, traveling anywhere with him, that he has a very strong popularity, all over the world, and I want to know why. I also want to know. I can understand with him how a game like his is built. Technically and psychologically, “said the author of Federer: the master of the gamepublished in Flammarion editions.

Unexpected problems

Christopher Clarey also wants to look at Federer’s story because of his ethical issues. While the player we know today has always been calm and in control, that’s not always the case. In his youth, he had difficulty managing his frustration, disappointment and anger.

The author of his book specifically refers to a young Federer crying on the ground, taking refuge under the officer’s chair after a loss to shed all the tears from his body. He also mentions awkward-looking games that won’t take him home with his parents because his behavior is so problematic. “He was hurt and couldn’t express his full potential, and I wanted to understand the path he was taking. »

The reporter also believes that, despite popular belief, the Swiss are not the most mentally strong in this golden generation which also includes Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. It was also an interesting angle for him.


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Roger Federer at Wimbledon in July 2021

He explained that Federer loses extremely important games, when he has a match point, especially because he is weaker than one might think. “He’s a guy who probably doesn’t have the ability to succeed under pressure like Djoko or Nadal usually do, but he’s always won class and excellence,” he added.

This probably explains its great popularity. Fans have an unconditional love for him. More than any of his contemporaries in tennis history. “People feel that they have a personal relationship with him, even though they don’t speak the same language. I think it’s because he’s always been weak and tested in public. »

big losses

Roger Federer is considered by many to be the greatest player in history. With his 103 titles, including 20 Grand Slams, and his 1251 career wins, he is also considered by many to be the greatest champion.

However, Christopher Clarey insisted that he was also, perhaps, the biggest loser in history. This statement has no negative connotations as it might. This is just a statement that applies to a player who has played so many games that he cannot win.

According to the author, the three biggest games Roger Federer has played are the 2008 Wimbledon final against Rafael Nadal, the 2017 Australian Open final again against Nadal and the 2019 Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic. Federer lost first and last. That is a fact. A fact that must also be considered when painting a picture of a career as admirable as it is is not perfect.


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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the 2019 Wimbledon final

“It brings people together, incarnates Roger, to see that he can cry in public and show his emotions, especially at the start of his career. It used to be rare for a male athlete, and it’s still rare .In my opinion, he has changed what is possible and acceptable as a sportsman. »

Work life

Roger Federer stands out from his opponents because of his beauty, grace, class and fluidity on the pitch. This beauty is more natural in Switzerland. “We can imagine that he was also an elegant football player at the age of 12, Christopher Clarey explained. It’s natural, but there’s a lot of work and refinement to this beauty of action that separates Roger from all other tennis players. . »

It was his coach at the time, Peter Carter, who changed Federer’s game and allowed him to be the technical model he had become. He reinvented the Swiss forehand, serve, footwork and backhand. There are so many weapons that have become a character element of his game.

“Roger is set to be a good tennis player, no doubt, but he’s not set to be a good champion right now. […] Roger is not a young prodigy like Nadal. »

He has to work hard to achieve and maintain such a level of efficiency. A level that is no longer the same, of course. The 40-year-old is accumulating injuries and a long absence. His future on the circuit was uncertain, so Christopher Clarey wanted to write the book he could think of as quickly as possible. He intends to publish it while Federer is still active.

History is written before our eyes and Christopher Clarey wants to put it on paper so it stays frozen over time.

Federer: the master of the game

Federer: the master of the game

Flammarion Quebec

496 pag

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