Originally Posted by King Francis
He cries when he wins too. He's a passionate guy. Admittedly, I didn't watch the post-match show after last year's Wimbledon final, but was it really that bad? I haven't heard anyone else say this. In the interest of full disclosure, I probably would have cried too in that situation. The visibility was awful by the end, and it was a heartbreak of a loss.
As a Federer fan, I admit that him losing matches somewhat consistently a couple of months back would lead to his eventual downfall.
Wimbledon 2008 was hard for me to watch, because the way the match went, I had a gut feeling Nadal would take it. Seeing Federer lose and cry made me feel more pissed off than sad. The AO 2009 was even worse.
I think Federer's whole mindset is based on his desire to be a self-reliant, self-made player. He refused the possibility of getting a new coach. In a way, he's very much arrogant (maybe even selfish/stubborn), but who isn't when he/she has been such an icon in tennis history?
His more recent interviews have shown a little bit of his pride in his accomplishments. I think this is due in part to him being thrown down to #2, having the press hounding him as a soon-to-be retired player, and basically everybody pointing fingers saying that he will never be #1 again, as long as Nadal is present. Him explaining all his accomplishments etc. is a way for him to basically tell everybody that he's still in the game, still playing and fighting and that he's not going anywhere, as opposed to what the media said a couple of months back. Let's be honest; we all doubted his ability to play at his top level when he was losing badly. But maybe we were harder on him and placed more pressure on his shoulders because he's supposed to be #1, to beat anybody, and to defend his #1 title.
Now that his confidence is at a high, I honestly think he deserves to show that. He's still playing, and I hope he wins a few more slams. After that, he can retire, take care of his son, and enjoy life after a highly successful tennis career.