“Will Always Be the Greatest Champion of All-Time”: Ski Legend Expresses Unchanging Admiration for Roger Federer

Published 12/07/2020, 12:30 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning match point during his Men’s Singles first round match against Steve Johnson of the United States of America on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)


There is hardly anyone left whom tennis great Roger Federer has not impressed. Be it with his effortless and therapeutic playing style or his mammoth records, the 39 years-old is tennis’ priceless possession. Recently, Lindsey Vonn, considered to be the greatest skier of all time, expressed her admiration for the Swiss maestro.

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Von is a record-holding woman and second all-time alpine skier with 82 World Cup victories. Last year, at 34, she became the oldest woman to have won a bronze medal in women’s downhill. After that, she retired from the race circuit. But she finds her resemblance in the 20 times Grand Slam winner, Roger Federer.

“Roger Federer gives so much to the sport”: Lindsey Vonn

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Roger Federer smiles during an exhibition game between Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer at Arena Parque Roca on in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

With growing age, injuries became a consistent part of every tennis tour for the Swiss. However, taking the time off, recovering, and coming back to the sport has been Federer’s routine for some years now.

“He wants to play tennis as long as he can. Like I was skiing. But at some point, the body may say: ‘No, it’s too much.’ I don’t know where Roger is in this process,” said Lindsey. Federer’s undying spirit has undoubtedly kept tennis alive.

She added, “He’s so passionate about tennis–that’s why he’s been playing for so long. He gives so much to the sport. The sport is no longer the same without him.”

There will come a time ahead when he will hang his racket, but Vonn has professed she will remain on his side forever.

(All quotes are translated via Google Translate)

“I was and am a Roger fan until the end”: Vonn

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 29: Roger Federer of Switzerland (R) celebrates winning in the Men’s Final match against Raphael Nadal of Spain on day 14 of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2017, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

The Swiss’ arch-rival Rafael Nadal equaled the former’s 20 Grand Slam tally at the 2020 French Open, a triumph Vonn called ‘incredible’. But there is nothing that can deviate her from the Federer fan club.

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She said, “I was and am a Roger fan until the end. For me, Roger will always be the greatest champion of all time. He plays with so much grace, is so balanced. And he’s wonderful to the fans and people. You can hardly do better than Roger.

“If Nadal breaks Rogers’ record, some will say he is now the greatest. For others, Roger still stays ahead. These discussions will always be there.”

To Vonn’s delight, Federer will return at the 2021 Australian Open. The question is: will he be able to maintain, if not exceed, his greatness in the sport?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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