For those of you, who can understand, Swiss German, you can see the video of this speech here.
To this, most of the Swiss Federer Fans who are regular at Basel, commented, Roger, "I really don't like the word hopefully, we have to see you at Basel next year at any cost". Just to quote our own penabaza, this "hopefully" word almost left me in tears & perhaps, emotionally drained.
Thou, if you have a look at all the speeches that Federer has given in the last 10 years or so, he has always added the word, hopefully every time, be it after Wimbledon or any ATP-250 Tournament for that matter.
But, before you start thinking, that I am writing this article just to make you understand the meaning of word, hopefully, the answer is no.
A couple of days back, the renowned Swiss journalist Rene Stauffer (who is world famous for being the author of Roger Federer's AutoBioGraphy "Quest For Perfection"), wrote an article in German for Tages Anzeiger.
As the article was in Swiss German, so, here is our translation (its not a word by word translation, only the excerpts are being written here, please see the article yourself).
As Roger Federer's 5 years contract with Swiss Indoors, Basel is getting over in 2012, so, almost every one wants to know that will Roger Federer renew his contract with Swiss Indoors, Basel?
According to the article, Tony Godsick, the manager of the Roger Federer, demanded more than double the starting salary (of around CHF 500,000), which Federer was getting so far.
Roger Brennwald (the Swiss Indoors, Basel, tournament President) said yesterday: "We will do everything to ensure Roger Federer keeps playing at Basel. But we donot have inexhaustible possibilities. Maybe we can no longer keep up. Not everyone can afford to pay a Rolls-Royce(referring to the 1 million starting salary as asked by Godsick).
Brennwald chose his words very carefully." Federer and indoors, that is, it was a win-win situation. Hopefully it is still possible(to ensure Federer keeps playing at Basel). Maybe a year. Maybe five years. That depends on the results of the talks. "
The Swiss Indoors without Federer - this is actually impossible, as long as it is still active.
Federer suggested after the semi-final: "I hope that I will play again. That is the goal of all involved. But right now I'm focusing on the end of the season, then we'll see. "
When asked whether it was the question of the money, Federer replied: "I think the money is not the problem. If I was running only after money, I would have made many other decisions, played throughout Asia. I have always given priority to Basel. "He confirmed that there had been negotiations. "I have already helped a lot of tournaments. Because of that the onus is more on him than on me. "
Tony Godsick, who is back to U.S. didn't want to comment on the recent progress of the negotiations. Because this year after Basel, two major tournaments in two weeks to follow (Paris-Bercy and the ATP finals), would the Swiss Indoors - that Federer has never missed when he has been fit will the Swiss Indoors, Basel remain in Roger Federer's tennis schedule of 2013?
Godsick wants to wait for the time being
"We will wait and see and analyze the impact of these changes," says Godsick. After the strenuous Olympic year Federer wants to plan 2013 intelligently - with the intention of being able to extend his career as long as possible.
So, it remains to be seen if his tome tournament Swiss Indoors, Basel & the Davis Cup will remain Roger Federer's priority or not?
For all his fans all across the planet especially the Swiss fans(who get to see him only once or twice a year), here's hoping, Roger Federer keeps playing at Swiss Indoors, Basel.