I promised to write something about my first two days at the Swiss Indoors, soooo here it comes, ready? ;-)
We all got the amazing news, that after Rafa dropped out of the Swiss Indoors that Roger took the place on Super Monday and agreed to play after the opening ceremony. I was jumping around on Saturday, after I found out, that I get to see our Maestro play on Monday.
I travelled to Basel on Sunday Morning. Got a ticket for the qualification Sunday for a good price at fans4roger.ch and decided to go there an enjoy some tennis.
Got to Basel at midday and dropped off my stuf at my aunts house. Didn't stay long, cuz I really wanted to go to Center Court. On my way there I got the news that Roger has his press conference at 1:30pm and I didn't even go inside, but rushed to the players entry in hope that I get to see him.
Some other fans from the oficial fanclub were there too and waiting to give Roger the RE. We kept waiting, saw players come and go.
Mostly happy I was to alwo get to see Stan who went for a practice. He was kinda "busy" but he gave some signatures.
As 1:30pm past and Roger hasn't shown up until then, we knew he entered from somewhere else.
Short after Seve was around and the fans told him, that the RE is here for Roger to pick up, he said that he'll be coming later on to recieve it.
Sooo we kept waiting ... later again, Seve came back out again and said, that Roger will take the RE tomorrow (Monday) from the fans.
Soo a bit disappointed we left the place and I decided to go and watch the last qualification match of the day. I was honestly surprised to see so many peeps in the stadion. Wasn't excpeting that and was positivly surprised.
After the match I decided to go back to my aunties place because I knew Roger wouldn't show up anymore.
Went for lunch close to the stadion. During the time of our lunch, it was raining cats and dogs and I was like "nooooo, it will be horrible to wait outside in this rain" I couldn't think of staying outside there, while it was raining so hard :-(
Considered buying a raincoat but I honestly didn't wanna spend money on that. Sooooo, I didn't and after lunch I went straight to the players entry. It was around 1:15pm when I arrived. Roger "normally" arrives around two hours before match at the stadion. So, we kept wating. Other fans where back there as well and the girls waiting to hand Roger the RE over were there again too :-)
Luckily the rain stopped and even the sun came out ... so, no problem to stay outside and wait for Roger. During the time we waited we saw a lot of players coming and going. Berdy kept showing up like four or five times, don't really know what he was up too. Hahaha!
We saw Roger's parents arrive but enter another side. It kept getting later and later and still no Roger. Thank god it wasn't cold so waiting was no problem. And if there is one man worth waiting for it's our Roger, right? :-)
The opening ceremony was about to start. If you wanted to watch it, you had to be on CC at 5:30pm - after the doors would be closed until the opening ceremony was over. I don't really like Udo Jürgens, so I gladly stayed outside and kept waiting. The chance really was small, that Roger would still come in by the player's entry .. but we waited.
All of a sudden lots of people kept running away from the player's entry ... Roger had arrived but he entered another door. Some got some pics from afar. I kept waiting at the entry, hoping he'll come out ... but he didn't.
Shortly after I left, Mirka came out and told the fans, that he will come to the fans after the match.
Soooooo... I entered the holy Center Court and waited for Roger. The CC was packed, because everybody wants to see Roger play. The crowd was great, kept clapping for our Maestro. But I guess you all saw the match on TV or a livestream on the computer. No need for me to go into details here :-)
After Roger's victory the CC was empty again. Dolgopolov and De Shepper started the match and almost nobody out there to watch the match.
Honestly, I was already thinking about leaving CC too, but I knew it would take some time, until Roger would leave the building, so I watched the match and Dolgy won 6:4 6:4.
After that it was going back to the players entry and wait for Roger.
Place was packed, lots of faces I know back there again and we kept waiting for Roger ....
Meeting our Maestro
Around 11:30pm the door opens and everybody started shouting ROGER ROGER ROGER!
The KIng has arrived! Three guards were with him to protect him .. hahaha. He started signing autographs and took pics with some.
He walked around, talked to some of the fans, kept signing autographs and was all smiley and chatty.
Absolutely adorable and stunning!
I wasn't in the front row, so I just kept taking pictures but my camera was acting up and kept me busy. As Roger was coming back to us, I just had to give it a try. Got to the front row and as Roger came, I asked him in swiss german if we could take a picture together. He was still signing an autograph but he nooded. He was about to walk away, so I talked to him in swiss german again and said that I would really love to get a picture with him. So, he said yes and stopped right beside me. Totally swooning already... and I couldn't handle taking the picture myself .. so I handed my camera over to one of those bodyguards. Was just staning beside Roger like a total douchebag and looked at the bodyguard holding my camera. Something didn't work and the red light kept showing up... I asked the bodyguard, if there was something wrong and he replied that it doesn't work.
Roger was so calm and told the bodyguard that he had his finger on the flash (hahahaha - omg). We laughed and the guy took his finger from the flash - and tadaaaaaaaaa... he took the picture!
I said thank you to Roger and just got out of the front row. People kinda pushing and trying to get a good spot on Roger.
What can I tell you about the moment. It's like everything else around you disappears. In that moment, it's only Roger and you. That's how I felt it. You forget everything around you and just focus on him. Roger's presence always makes me swoon and normally I get very quiet and I just try to seize the moment.
I had no idea how many seconds passed, how long I actually stood beside him and how he was all smiley. I just enjoyed it to the fullest and I was sooooooooo happy to finally get a picture with our Maestro.
I don't know how else to explain or describe, but if you have had your moment with Roger, I think you will understand. If now, I hope I was able to put in words what was going on in my mind and heart.
Roger still gave some more autographs and took more pics, shortly after he dissapeared again behind the players' entry door. I was superduperhappy and walked to the tramstation, kept looking at the picture and shared tweets on twitter about my pic with him.
And so a big thank you to all your kind messages to me, about my picture with Roger. It is a dream come true. I waited so long for this and I couldn't be more happy.
Thank you all so much #FedererFamily. You guys and Roger mean the world to me and being a fan of Roger wouldn't be the same without you guys and twitter. I appreciate it! You guys rock! Much love from Switzerland to all of you.
Marina aka penabaza :-)