James Blake has praised Roger Federer for also being “an iconic human being” as the American will never forget the moment the Swiss sent him a message of support when he was hospitalized. In 2004, Blake suffered a broken neck in a training accident.
While everyone was focused on the Rome Masters, Federer found time to show Blake that he cared about his condition and his well-being. “I think everyone realized what a good tennis player he was. [Roger Federer] is, but I want to tell a quick story.
About two years ago I was injured in a hospital in Rome. It’s at a time when everyone is focusing on their tennis and playing as well as they can, and I got a note in that hospital room and it was from the number 1 player in the world, Roger Federer, who wished me the best.
Just a note on her class too,” Blake said in a 2006 video.
Blake on Federer: Thank you for setting a new standard
Now that Federer is retiring, Blake recalled when the Swiss found time to send him a message of support.
“I’ve said this many times as one of many examples that the bar was set so high for an iconic athlete to also be an iconic human being. This bar is almost impossible to cross that you set @rogerfederer thanks for a new normal,” Blake tweeted.
Blake has always had great respect and admiration for Federer. Blake hasn’t had much success in his encounters against Federer but he has nothing but respect for the Swiss.
Blake and Federer have faced each other 11 times, with Federer winning 10 of those 11 encounters. Blake retired from playing in 2013, while Federer is expected to retire after the Laver Cup. The Laver Cup is set to take place next weekend in London as tennis fans get one last chance to see Federer in action.
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