Michelangelo and the Roman statues of Roger Federer

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Imagine how Michelangelo would view Roger Federer playing at the Italian Open in Rome.

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He might see him as a work of art, standing above the crowd.

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He might see him as a statue — the living human form of greatness.

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He would see artistic perfection in Federer’s balance and body control.

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Michelangelo’s comments about art also apply to Federer and the art of tennis.

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“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

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“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”

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“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

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“Genius is eternal patience.”

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“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

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“Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.”

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“Carving is easy. You just go down to the skin and stop.”

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“I am still learning.”

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