Tears have often been seen in Roger Federer’s long career – here after the final victory against Marin Cilic in Melbourne in 2018.
We have an emotional relationship with each other. We were together for 24 years. You allow me the you. After everything we’ve experienced and been through? Me, Switzerland and you, Roger Federer.
I still remember our beginnings well. Let’s be honest: it was more of an affair at the beginning. You came into my living room from time to time. You were wild and impetuous. The next day you were gone again without leaving a message.
Then things got more serious between the two of us. We got to know each other better and I suddenly realized: We can become something special! You have that certain something. You can do things that nobody has done before you. You made me swoon. And suddenly I noticed how people pay more attention to me. because of you. “Switzerland, isn’t that the one with Federer?” They rumored. I enjoyed that immensely.
Feelings got the best of me
I thought that nothing can top these deep feelings. But then. Then it happened. When I look back today – I admit it – the way I behaved was almost a bit obsessive. I always wanted to know where you’ve been, what you’re doing, what you think, how you’re doing.
When you were there, I withdrew, controlled myself. I’ve been ogling you from a polite distance. I didn’t want to be seen as a stalker. But when I watched you on TV, alone in my living room, my feelings regularly got the better of me. I, Switzerland, actually a paragon of “moderate emotion” yelled at you, cheered you and cried with you. No matter what time of day or night. Did you actually feel how much I suffered with you, no matter where you were?
Then your knee didn’t want to anymore and everything changed. Our relationship became a long-distance relationship, living on the sweet memory. I couldn’t watch you at work that often anymore. My days grew long and stale. I looked for other jobs. Nothing was comparable to what I had experienced with you. I had longing and daydreams – and sometimes wished I had never met you.
No traditional separation
Last week Roger, you told the world and me, Switzerland, that was it with us. I knew this moment would come at some point. You said it wasn’t a breakup in the traditional sense. That we will always be connected in our hearts. Yes, yes, but it’s still sad.
I already have a lump in my throat thinking about this evening, the last evening we will spend together. At least I can watch you again. Me in my living room, you at work. I will enjoy every minute. And in the end, in the end I will cry. Me, Switzerland, which is otherwise always portrayed as slightly hypothermic.
If you shed a tear tomorrow, or even two, just remember: I’m crying with you! Snot and water probably. I wasn’t known like that until you came into my life. That says it all.
Happy birthday Roger, don’t forget me and let’s stay friends!
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