A letter to Roger Federer…

Dear Roger,
From the time i used to play tennis, rather from the time i started following tennis, you have been the best. And you will continue to be the best. Watching your play is like an addiction. Whatever the scores may say or the stats may tell, even if you lose every game, you will still be the best. For us, its not about how many games or matches someone wins, its about how they win. And in this category, nobody comes even close to you. Not even Novak.
You are an inspiration to many. Even after marriage, after embracing parenthood, you are still at the top of your game which is commendable. With every small thing you do, lots of lessons are being learnt by us.
You have always been about precision and smart play rather than pounding your way through like Rafa. You are now the living embodiment of precision.
Nowadays, i see many RF fans saying that you should retire and that you are past your prime. They will talk all sorts of things about you. They will ask you to retire. They will tell you to take your leave with your head held high. They will say they cannot bear to see you lose. Ignore them. They are fair weather friends. They value only victory. And you are better off not listening to those who value only victory. They cannot see the purity of your play in your loss, oh that ever so sweet and delicate backhand to the ferocious SABR shot!
They say you are being defeated in straight sets and the score is too humiliating. The score? Its just numbers on a board. It doesnt tell you the gameplay. It doesnt tell you how mindblowingly you have played. It doesnt tell you the grace of your backhand, the innate curve of your slice,  the uncoiling of your service action, that ingeniously disguised smash, those on-the-line winners, your trademark ‘between-the-legs shot’ or the gentle caress of your drop shot. These are just too awesome. The funny thing is that people think sport is only about winning. Sport. Its not just about winning. It is about being there. It is about nobility, history, glory, determination and honour. It is about playing fair, doing your best and most importantly having fun. The day you lose these, step away instantly. Till then, dont hesitate to take your place in the starting lineup. But until that moment, keep on doing what you love. Keep on giving pure joy to fans like us. We dont care if you win or lose now, we just want to watch you play more and more. As they say, Form is temporary and Class is permanent.
So please, do not listen to those vile people giving unasked advice. Keep on playing till your heart is in the game.
Hey, Roger? Stay Roger.
From,
A fan who is head over heels in love with you.

A letter to Roger Federer…