I Just Want To Say Thank You To Roger Federer

Michael LanichCorrespondent IMay 3, 2009

ROME - MAY 02:  Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand in his match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during day six of the Foro Italico Tennis Masters on May 2, 2009 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Instead of contributing another article asking Roger Federer to win another slam, or promote my own ideas as to how to get the ship back on track, I decided that it might be nice to write something a tad more positive.

Though I am by no means a die-hard Fed fan, I truly admire both his game, and his wonderful accomplishments. It's nice to see a champion that others can look up to, and I have no doubt that in watching Rafael Nadal carry himself on and off the court, he has done his best to be as humble a champion as Federer has been.

Few simply do not realize just how hard it is to win as many majors as Federer has.  To do so in such a competitive era, and with such steadfast dominance is nothing short of remarkable.

As fans, we have grown accustomed to watching Federer dominate so much, that when the chips are down, we simply want more out of him.  If the phrase "squeezing blood from a stone" doesn't apply here, than I don't know what would be better. 

We see one-hit wonders every year or two. They explode on the scene for a short while, but like the life-span of a fly, they are gone as quickly as they had come. This should be an indication to all of us just how easy it is to fade away.

But Federer, like Nadal now, was such a dominant force that most of his matches were won before the first ball was struck. I am thankful to have seen both he and Nadal play their entire careers, because at any moment, it is gone forever.

It's easy to take such greatness and pure dominance for granted like we do with most things in our lives. We only realize just how wonderful things were when we see that our player isn't as perfect as before.

Personally, this time in Federer's life is almost more interesting than his complete dominance, and I am thankful to be watching every moment, drinking in every second before the cup is empty. 

But when that day comes, I'll know I enjoyed the drink.