Did you think just one post on ‘Exo Roger’ would be enough to capture all the fun? I didn’t. Not when I knew that Roger Federer still had Argentina and Colombia left to cover on the Gillette Federer Tour. So without any further ado, let’s move on to part 2 of “What We Learned About ‘Exo Roger’”, this time in Buenos Aires.
#1. Before heading off to Argentina, Roger stopped by the gorgeous Iguazú Falls. I urge all to go see his video clip – it’s only about a minute long but that’s long enough to show how much fun he had. Despite having been all over the world, he still marvels at new thrills and experiences. And the fact that he has RF senior on his side is just the icing on the cake.
#2. In the first press conference the day before the exhibition matches were to start, Del Potro said he considers Roger a friend though he wasn’t sure whether Roger felt the same way. The Swiss quickly allayed Delpo’s fears by reassuring him he does too thereby setting the tone for this 2 day tour, as we soon discovered.
#3. Roger learned how to BBQ Argentinean style. And we learned it was possible for a man to wear bright pink and totally pull it off. We also learned that “Honey, I’ve been working the grill all day” is not an acceptable excuse for men having a bad hair day. See the Maestro’s hair as evidence.
#4. Delpo and Roger won in tennis football when they took on football great Batistuta. The two clearly make a great team built on mutual affection, trust and oodles of smiles and giggles, the cornerstones of legendary bromances.
#5. Can we say the Argentinean President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has a crush on Roger? Please see the video till the end and decide for yourself. Madam President, it is completely fine to admit this; you have now joined legions of fans who know exactly how you feel, so welcome.
#6. Roger is quite the budding photographer. He took a beautiful photo of the Iguazú Falls and can be seen here taking a photo of his physio Stéphane Vivier with the President.
#7. We always knew Suiterer Federer looks dashing in a suit but Juan Martin showed he can clean up nicely too.
#8. Wherever Roger goes, pretty confetti rain down and settle on his peRFect hair.
#9. The first match between Delpo and Roger was quite intensely fought with not much frivolity; Delpo won in 3 sets. The next day Delpo loosened up and Roger joked around as per his usual Exo style. A classic moment was Roger’s racket tricks when he bounced the ball on the side of the head of the racket, and then came the Maestro’s classic racket twirling. Delpo tried to imitate, but in vain.
#10. If I have one-take away from the Argentina leg of the tour it’s the Federer-Delpo hugs. “FedPotro” hugs happened everywhere, all the time. In the last match, in the second set tie-break, they hugged when they changed sides at match point! Show me a bromance that has that! Of course when the match ended, many more FedPotro hugs followed, the high point being Delpo holding up FedEx’s hand cheering him on.
#11. FedPotro popped champagne and played around. A sweaty Federer soaked in champagne? We’ll take it! Though would’ve been nice if it was Moët & Chandon, no? For a portion of the fans, the scenes were reminiscent of a certain match that took place in Mallorca in 2007… but that’s for another post.
Stay tuned for the final episode of ‘Exo Roger’ when we end the tour in Colombia!