I find it difficult to remain impartial when it comes to tennis coverage on this site. And on the Twitter account.
For those reading who don’t know me, I’m a Federer fan. A big one. Not one of those Federer fans that travel around the world in red clothes with a Swiss flag but big enough that I cried when he won the Australian Open in 2017 and his defeat in a certain final in 2019 I daren’t speak about was one of the most traumatic experiences of my life.
But back in 2009, things were a lot different. Federer only had 14 slams to his name by the end of the year. In 2008, he lost the greatest Wimbledon final of all time – hell, the greatest final of all time – to Rafael Nadal. He only won one grand slam that year: the US Open in straight sets against final debutant and future champion Sir Andy Murray.
In his honour, Bleacher Report’s Rob York created a Roger Federer Fan’s Dictionary which I found yesterday while researching for a project. In it, York gave 19 different dictionary “terms” with two definitions for each in his own style of humour including Federer’s 3 main rivals (Djokovic, Nadal, and Murray), the four slams, and “cry”. Because if you’re doing to define Federer, you have to mention his crying.
If you had to write a Federer fan’s dictionary in 2020 (how he is still playing in 2020?!), what would you include? Would you keep the same entries and change the definitions? Let us know in the comments.