“Negative energy is wasted energy,” Roger Federer speaks on how to deal with adversaries in life by giving examples from tennis

Roger Federer won 24-straight finals from 2003 to November 2005.

“Negative energy is wasted energy,” Roger Federer speaks on how to deal with adversaries in life by giving examples from tennis

Roger Federer (via IMAGO)

For twenty-five years Roger Federer won almost everything he could as a player. Having retired in 2022, the Swiss legend has more experience than most players of his generation on what it takes to be a champion. He shared those experiences with new graduates of Dartmouth College recently.

The 42-year-old honored the Dartmouth College event by giving a commencement speech to young graduates. The legendary tennis players spoke to over 11,000 people including thousands of viewers online. Before his speech, he was awarded Doctor of Humane Letters by the College. However, his speech was basically about his experience in tennis and how it relates to life.

Federer became a professional at 17 after quitting college to become a tennis player. He waited from 1998 to 2003 to win his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, he won 20 major titles. Eight Wimbledon championships, 6 Australian Open, one French Open, and made history by becoming the first player to win 5 consecutive US Open from 2004 -2008.

During his speech, he told his listeners that one of the most important things in the world for a tennis player is a point. He then emphasized that a player needs to understand that he has to lose some points and win others.

When you’re playing a point, it is the most important thing in the world. But when it’s behind you, it’s behind you. This mindset is really crucial, because it frees you to fully commit to the next point, and the next one after that, with intensity, clarity and focus. The truth is, whatever game you play in life. sometimes you’re going to lose. A point, a match, a season, a job. it’s a roller coaster, with many ups and downs. Don’t ever forget that. But negative energy is wasted energy.
Roger Federer said via Dartmouth College website

Federer was known for his outrageous victories during his playing days. One of his biggest achievements was winning 11 out of 15 tournaments in 2005.

Roger Federer admitted hard work made him the best player in tennis and not only talent

In addition, Roger Federer revealed that he didn’t become the World No.1 men’s tennis player by talent alone. The Swiss legend added that he outworked his opponent by working hard on the court before each tournament.

The now-42-year-old entered the 2017 season as World no.17 after struggling in the previous. But he took the tennis world by surprise winning the Australian Open and not losing a set at Wimbledon.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer (Image via Imago)
I didn't get where I got on pure talent alone. I got there by trying to outwork my opponents. Most of the time, it's not about having a gift. It's about having grit.
Roger Federer said

Federer retired from tennis at the 2022 Laver Cup. However, his modern record of winning 24-straight finals from 2003 to 2005 has never been broken.

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