Quotable Quotes: next time someone says “Roger Federer will never win another slam”…
It might help to remind yourselves of this:
“So is Federer a future Wimbledon champion? Probably not unless he learns to vary his tactics. He has been brought up on clay and it showed, his trips to the net being about as frequent as a blue moon. Still if he only becomes the next Ivan Lendl (eight Grand Slams) he will be thanking his lucky stars.”
– Guy Hodgson writing in the Independent after Roger Federer had won the Wimbledon boy’s title in 1998.
Source: Wimbledon Blog (Thanks, FortuneCookie for posting the link)
Of course, I hardly blame Guy Hodgson for it. Who would’ve guessed back in 1998 that tennis would evolve to be a sport where trips to the net are indeed as frequent as a blue moon?
Even so, this “Federer as the next Ivan Lendl” thing just cracks me up in the most smug way.
Not to mention, I’ve always thought of Ivan Lendl as “sex on ice”. You didn’t need to know that.