It feels good when someone compliments your sincerity and dedication towards your work. It feels really good when that 'someone' is Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.
Before the 20x Grand Slam champion and World Ranked three, Roger Federer had one of the best matches of the 2019 Australia Open (AO) against World Rank 14, Stefanos Tsitsipas, which eventually led to the two-time reigning champion's exit from the tournament, the Swiss had some trouble getting around the stadium.
On Saturday, a video uploaded by Australian Open's official Twitter handle became the talk of the town. In what was a very brief moment which will be lost in all the glitz and glamour of the tournament, one exceptionally brave security guard stopped Federer from entering the locker room as he didn't have his identification card on him.January 19, 2019
Sure enough, even the FedEx himself requires an accreditation.
After the video went viral, the security guard became a star overnight as the internet commended his devotion to his job which prevented him from making an exception for someone as big and famous as Federer himself.
Cricket legend and one of India's biggest influences online, Sachin Tendulkar joined the bandwagon and lauded not just the guard but also the Federer himself who calmly waited for his teammate to bring his card and for the guard to verify it before letting them in.
Good to watch the security officer doing his job well at the @AustralianOpen. The manner in which @rogerfederer reacted was commendable as well. Such actions are not common today and they just increase the respect people have for great athletes like Roger. https://t.co/wvm24DOhbA— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 20, 2019
In today's day and age, it is a common thing to witness a big name in any industry to lose their cool and snap at others. But as the master blaster very rightly mentioned, Federer is one of those rare celebrities who is not only extremely humble but also treats everyone from the security guard to his biggest rivals in the world of tennis, equally and such actions make us have more and more respect for the legend.
With Federer out of the AO, the 2019 edition is destined to have a new champion. After Andy Murray's surprising first round defeat and Federer's exit yesterday, all eyes are now Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.