Roger Federer Pokes Fun at Allen Iverson's Infamous 'Practice' Rant

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2013

Aug 10, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Roger Federer (SUI) speaks at a press conference before playing at the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
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Father Time has caught up to Roger Federer on the tennis court in recent years, but there's no denying that the 17-time Grand Slam champion still has an unrivaled sense of humor.  

Federer, who has only been on Twitter for a few months, posted a photo of himself hitting balls in practice on Tuesday at the 2013 Shanghai Masters, poking fun at former NBA star Allen Iverson's infamous 2002 rant about missing practice:

Here's a look at the unforgettable press conference:

The 32-year-old Swiss legend has struggled for the most part in 2013, winning just one singles title to this point and slipping all the way to No. 7 in the ATP world rankings. But the good news is that Federer will have another opportunity to get back on track this week in China where he'll play Andreas Seppi in his first match on Wednesday.

Despite his effortless style and unprecedented level of success, Federer has always been classy, humble and down to earth. Whether it's a post-match interview on court or a behind-the-scenes conversation with Rafael Nadal, Fed's personality often outshines his brilliant game:

In addition to his success on court and dominance over the past decade, Federer's free-spirited attitude and sense of humor has earned him fans around the globe. While many sports superstars, including professional tennis players, have come across as prima donnas in the past because of rants similar to Iverson's, Federer has managed to successfully navigate the thin line between being a fearsome competitor and a modest human being. 

Federer's reign as the world's undisputed top player is history, but he remains one of the best players and better personalities on tour. 


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