Federer snubs wife, sets Twitter alight
Winning is a force of habit for Roger Federer, be it on the court or behind the keyboard.
The tennis legend has already started a viral craze during the coronavirus quarantine with a simple video of himself wearing a fedora hitting a ball up and down a wall, and he was back on the social media bandwagon again this morning, much to the delight of his followers.
The Fed Express unleashed a wave of replies after encouraging his legion of fans to throw out suggestions about which retired player people would most like to bring back to tennis.
Unfortunately for 38-year-old American Mardy Fish, who retired in 2015, he wasn't high on Federer's list.
Yep it’s me. Cause I let you win so often. Ur welcome buddy— Mardy Fish (@MardyFish) April 16, 2020
For every suggestion that caught his eye, Federer had a one-liner at the ready. Whether he was lauding "Pistol" Pete Sampras, paying tribute to wild child John McEnroe or revealing it was a "pain" to play Lleyton Hewitt, the 20-time grand slam champion was enjoying his trip down memory lane.
1 of them is definitely the pistol baby https://t.co/3k1YxR0Oug— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 16, 2020
Rusty!! no kidding,— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 16, 2020
What a pain to play 😂 https://t.co/m29Cr1tD5U
Federer loved the idea of welcoming American great Andy Roddick back into the fold and only had nice things to say about "volley master", Brit Tim Henman.
"Last time he missed a volley, apparently was in 1986!!!!!" Federer joked on Twitter.
Federer sarcastically weighed up whether Australian tennis royalty Rod Laver made the cut, and he was happy to give the green light to another star from Down Under Ken "Muscles" Rosewall.
He called Billie Jean King an "absolute trailblazer" and said "love the guy" in reply to a tweet nominating Australia's Pat Rafter.
There was no way Federer was forgetting Chris Evert but rejected the notion of accepting his Croatian coach Ivan Ljubicic. "No thanks, he beat me in Basel and Gstaad," Federer wrote with a sad face emoji.
True love wasn't going to sway Federer's judgment either. The Swiss maestro didn't exactly give a ringing endorsement when it was suggested his wife Mirka would be the ideal candidate to return, setting up a doubles reunion.
Rather than an enthusiastic yes, Federer responded with a shifty-looking gif. Maybe he's worried couples that play together don't stay together.
Federer also praised Michael Chang and reflected on "childhood idol" Boris Becker before engaging in some byplay with former Spanish star and Rafael Nadal's coach Carlos Moya.
Was it 7? 😁— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 16, 2020
Who cares now anyways… 😅
Best to you and your family,
see you soon Carlito https://t.co/Aob3BOqD43
New York Times tennis writer Christopher Clarey tweeted: "If you're not one of the 12.7 million already in the know, this is a good day to take a look at @rogerfederer 's twitter."
Tennis commentator Jose Morgado added: "Federer is slaying on Twitter today."