IS ROGER FEDERER “A BLUBBERING, CRY BABY SISSY BOY?” AS DON IMUS SAYS

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By Bob Stockton

It was a year ago that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played one of the greatest Australian Open finals ever – and provided for one of the most touching moments in tennis in many years.

At the time, Federer was two major singles titles shy of breaking Pete Sampras all-time record of 14. However, the Swiss maestro was showing vulnerability in that he was going to achieve the goal everyone predicted he would reach. In January of 2009, Federer, as some severe critics characterized, was “reeling” by his very high standards. He was fresh off being jolted by Nadal from the No. 1 ranking – a ranking he held without threat for a record 237 straight weeks. The top ranking and the three titles he treasured the most – Wimbledon, the French Open and Olympic men’s singles gold – were all in the possession of Nadal. He lost the Wimbledon final 9-7 in the fifth set to Nadal, lost the French Open final in the second-most lopsided men’s final ever, and the year before he was also humbled by Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semifinals, with the Djokovic camp claiming “the King is dead.”

Don Imus & Roger Federer

Don Imus & Roger Federer

The 2009 Australian Open final was a bitter pill for Federer. He lost an epic five-setter to the man who was taking away everything he wanted. After his 7–5, 3–6, 7–6(3), 3–6, 6–2 loss to Nadal, Federer could not contain his disappointment and could not compose himself in his post-match runner-up speech. Uncontrollably, he began to cry.

Nadal, showing incredible class and respect for the occasion and for Federer, hugged his biggest rival after receiving the Norman Brookes Trophy as the champion. He acknowledged his rival’s pain.

You know that an event crosses into the main stream of the public consciousness when Don Imus, the controversial American radio talk show, talks about it on his “Imus in the Morning” program on 77 WABC in New York and now on the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox Business television network. Imus, however, surprisingly did not have kind, mushy words for Federer and his emotions, calling him a “blubbering, cry baby sissy boy” following his loss.” Said Imus of his Federer’s fifth-set effort, “He folded like a cheap lawn chair” and of his runner-up check, “He won $700,000 and he is sobbing like a sissy-boy.” Anyone who listens to Imus knows that his “schtick” is to make fun of just about everyone to get a laugh. The hard-nosed New York audience responds well to his critiques, jabs and barbs. No one is safe, including the great Federer.

Nadal’s effort was one of the best of his career, if not in the entire history of the sport. He won his semifinal match against Fernando Verdasco 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (1), 6-4 in 5:14, the longest match in the history of the Australian Open. Said Imus of Nadal after winning the men’s final and semifinal in a combined time of 9 hours, 37 minutes, “If anyone should be crying, it should be him!”

To view the emotional and touching post-match ceremony from 2009:

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  • A Keshav says:

    Who is this Imus?
    He is soo ugly. Looks like an alien.
    I can understand why he complains about everything.

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  • Jason says:

    Federer is a cry baby. Many times he starts arguing with the referee when Hawk-eye decisions go against him.

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  • rhiannon says:

    who cares what the idiot don imus said?
    federer cried. so what? the tennis means a great deal to him. he had gone through an awful year with mononucleosis in 2007-2008 and if you understood the nature of this you may realise that its a testament to how good he actually is that he was able to get to all the grandslam SF/finals . That was no mean achievement and just shows how good the guy actually is. By early 2009 he was recovering – and got so close to winning the AO. Lesser players would have taken time out, or walked away given the way the media was howling that he was on the decline. They were forced to eat their words less than 6 months later! And it shows how shallow Imus is when he comments that Federer walked away with a cheque – for federer it has never been about the money. (can probably guess Don's background given that crass comment!)
    I wish certain people (and there's a small group) would leave Federer alone. Most of thank him for reviving tennis from the doldrums after all those years of sampras.
    The real shame is that Federer was infected -otherwise 2007-2008 should have been another amazing year for the federer-nadal rivalry – and it led to that idiot djokovic winning the australian open. not sure i consider djokovic to have truly won the AO. wouldn't have stood a chance if federer had been on form.

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  • manfredw says:

    What Don Imus doesn't get is that for some people it's not just about the money. It's about the winning. If you don't get that then saying cry baby who makes lots of money just doesn't hold any merit at all in my opinion.

    Anyway it's a great article Bob!! I hope to see more of you in the future of this site!

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  • Imus just like the sound of his own voice which is why we have a need for political correctness in sports media.

    http://sportschump.net/2010/03/22/sports-media-an

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