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Roger Federer continues Web takeover by fielding questions on Reddit

Roger Federer takes questions from fans during a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session. (Reddit) Roger Federer takes questions from fans during a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session. (Reddit)

Within 24 hours, Roger Federer went from being some stodgy 31-year-old dad to a hip tennis player who tweets and holds question-and-answer sessions on another social media platform.

One day after joining Twitter, Federer conducted an "AMA" (or "Ask Me Anything") session on Reddit, where fans posted all kinds of questions Friday and Federer answered a select few.

Asked by Reddit user "Trikskier" about the most difficult matches of his career, Federer listed five:

1. 2003 Davis Cup semifinal vs. Lleyton Hewitt, who came back to beat Federer 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-1 to help Australia eliminate Switzerland.

2. 2012 London Olympics semifinal against Juan Martin del Potro. Federer won 3-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17.

3. 2009 Wimbledon final against Andy Roddick. Federer won 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 for his record 15th Grand Slam title.

4. 2005 ATP World Tour Finals championship match against David Nalbandian. The Argentine rallied to win 6-7 (4), 6-7 (11), 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (3), ending Federer's 35-match winning streak overall and 24-match winning streak in finals.

5. 2008 Wimbledon final against Rafael Nadal, who prevailed 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8), 9-7. "One of the greatest matches I've been a part of," Federer said on Reddit.

Notably absent? His five-set losses to Novak Djokovic at the 2010 and 2011 U.S. Opens after having match points in both. That's OK. Those two probably still sting a little bit.

But enough of the serious stuff. Whether he meant to be or not, Federer was pretty funny throughout his Q&A session and seemed to be genuinely enjoying himself. He cracks jokes like a dad. It's great. Here are five of my favorite Q&A exchanges:

happylookout: Hey Rog. Can I call you Rog?

Federer: Yes. 

...

AlfaAlfalfa: What is your reaction to this?

Federer: For you baseball fans out there: Strike 1.

...

Atifinthenight: My question is: at this point in your career, are there any records or achievements that you still really want?

Federer: There are some great new CD's out that I haven't bought yet. But in terms of tennis records: Any record is welcome. 8 Wimbledon would be great. I'd also love to win another ATP World Tour final. And getting back to World #1

...

youngjabberwocker: Since players like you, Nadal, or Djokovic have all started off as young players, what advice do you have for young tennis players who have dreams of going professional?

Federer: Take up football. No just kidding.

...

Federer45: How do you keep your hair so perfect?

Federer: I really don't. I fight it every day like everybody else. But thanks.

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