Roger Federer is the best tennis contender ever. With 20 Grand Slam titles in his munititions stockpile, there's a great deal he can show us life, winning and achievement. Here are the top Roger Federer quotes that will rouse you to become extraordinary yourself.


1. “You always want to win. That is why you play tennis because you love the sport and try to be the best you can at it.” 

2. “I’m a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me the most in difficult moments.” 

3. “When you do something best in life, you don’t really want to give that up, and for me it’s tennis.”

4. “Sometimes you have to accept that a guy played better on the day than you.” 

5. “This year I guess I decided in the bigger matches to take it more to my opponent instead of waiting a bit more for the mistakes. Yeah, this is I guess how you want to win Wimbledon, is by going after your shots, believing you can do it, and that’s what I was able to do today.”

6. “The serve, I was too young and too small and not enough powerful to have a good serve when I was young, so my forehand was always my signature shot. So I used to always run around my backhand, you know, use my forehand as much as I could, and so that’s why I think it’s my strength also today.” 

7. “I don’t play for the record books.” 

8. “What I think I’ve been able to do well over the years is play with pain, play with problems, play in all sorts of conditions.” 

9. “I’ve always been aware that the image you patiently construct for an entire career can be ruined in a minute. It scares you a bit, but that’s the way things are.” 

10. “I have learnt to be even more patient.” 


11. “I enjoyed the position I was in as a tennis player. I was to blame when I lost. I was to blame when I won. And I really like that because I played soccer a lot too, and I couldn’t stand it when I had to blame it on the goalkeeper.” 

12. “We can’t always agree on everything.” 

13. “The serve, I think, is the most difficult, in terms of coordination because you got to toss it up at the right time. 

14. “My heart is in South Africa, through my mum. My mum being from here, me spending a lot of time here as well, I feel most connected to this part of the world.” 

15. “When you win everything, it’s fun.”

16. “Being a husband is for me as big a priority as being a father.” 

17. “My dad said if you become a tennis professional just make sure you get into the top hundred.” 

18. “When I won in 2003, never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would win Wimbledon and have my kids seeing me lift the trophy, so this is pretty surreal. And yeah, I was almost shocked in the moment that it all came together so nicely.” 

19. “Sometimes I am a different character in different languages. I have different enjoyment from them. Sometimes different answers come out of me. Like, I didn’t even know that about me. I get to know myself through different languages, actually.”

20. “I used to get nervous, you know if my parents would come watch. And then I would get nervous if my friends came and watched. Today it’s not a problem anymore actually because now I enjoy it. I see that they, you know, respect me immensely, and I try to put on a good show and show that I can still play very good tennis.”

21. “I always had the dream.”

22. “I am extremely proud and honoured to have beaten Pete Sampras’s record as he was my childhood hero and I have always looked up to him.”

23. “Early in my career, I struggled with consistency, but I couldn’t get more consistent than this year.”

24. “My favorite shot is always gonna be the forehand. It used to always be my favorite shot when I was young, so its the one I’ve won all the points with.”

25. “There’s no way around hard work. Embrace it.”

26. “You have to put in the hours because there’s always something which you can improve.”

27. “I always believe if you’re stuck in a hole and maybe things aren’t going well you will come out stronger. Everything in life is this way.”

28. “You have to believe in the long-term plan you have but you need the short-term goals to motivate and inspire you.” 

29. “Previously I always thought it was just tactical and technique, but every match has become almost mental and physical-I try to push myself to move well. I try to push myself not to get upset and stay positive, and that’s what my biggest improvement is over all those years. Under pressure I can see things very clear.” 

30. “It is always in my mind still that I can crush anybody. That’s not an issue. But I think that is the same for most athletes. If you don’t believe you can win tournaments anymore, then you can’t do it.”

31. “When you’re good at something, make that everything.”

32. “A man who wins is a man who thinks he can.” 

33. “You have to put in a lot of sacrifice and effort for sometimes little reward but you have to know that if you put in the right effort the reward will come.” 

34. “I fear no one but respect everyone.” 

35. “Success is a nice thing because it always means you’ve taken a step forward and it gives you a sense of pride, which in turn gives you confidence and experience, a positive circle, so to speak.”

36. “I always look at the long term.” 

37. “I’m not playing to prove anything to journalists. I’m playing for myself, for my fans, to make people happy.” 

38. “The one thing you can do for sure is push the luck on your side.” 

39. “I have two lives, and all the problems I might have, I feel like I drop them once I step on to the match court.” 

40. “I definitely feel there’s room for improvement.” 

41. “One of my big, big strengths I think early on in my career was that I could learn very quickly. You wouldn’t have to tell me the things 10 times or 50 times until I would understand them. You would only have to tell me two or three times.” 


42. “I’ve practiced so much.” 

43. “I love tennis! I’ve always felt like this because it is such a classy sport with a great, competitive flair to it.” 

44. “I always knew I had something special.”

45. “Once you find that peace, that place of peace and quiet, harmony and confidence, that’s when you start playing your best.”