It's fine to dislike a player, but to me it seems unnecessary that every time Federer is mentioned there has to be comments about how much people dislike him and how arrogant he is. Whenever Federer is successful there always seems to be somebody saying that he is smug as well as other things.
And anybody who respects the achievements or mentions the records of Roger seems to be accused of 'fawning' over Roger, whether it is another forum member or the media that is accused.
This doesn't exclusively happen with Federer. The same types of comments, albeit with different insults, are made about other players.
I agree, Matthew. Nobody should be made to feel ashamed just because they appreciate the tennis and the success that one person has had. He could be Joe Bloggs, and I'd still be taking my hat off to him.
As for the focus on what Roger has or hasn't said right? Just people looking for excuses to have a go.
As has been pointed out already - nobody is perfect - and Fed also falls into that category. I certainly don't think he's perfect in any way, and I'd clearly be rooting for Andy every step of the way when he plays him. Outwith that. Fed doesn't offend me. There are players who do, due to their antics. But that's their thing to deal with.
Shame that Fed is vilified - just because he's successful. Says a lot more about those who can't take it, than those who appreciate it.