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mandy01
06-18-2009, 08:01 PM
This is again the translated version
Do you believe in higher powers? In God? Do you pray before important matches?
No, not much. Rather not. I am Catholic and in the past I often went to church with my parents. But I don't pray much, I am not spiritual and I am quite relaxed when it comes to these matters. So it was funny for me, when in Paris, I suddenly had this feeling: somehow it will be easy and I will win this tournament. So many times, I was nearly there and failed, just like Agassi. I felt that maybe a higher power is there. But, otherwise, I actually, rather do not believe in it.

You said in Paris: the weather has to be this way. That sounds like providence.
Yes, precisely. Against Del Potro, for example. I was not really into the match. And suddenly it became cooler, there were clouds, and I realized: the ball does not jump so fast anymore and it helps me. I do not know whether I just tried to see something positive, but it was like a small sign.

And when Mirka is sitting in the stands with folded hands, is she praying?
I do not think so, I think she simply sits there.

How is it now, five days later? Do you tell yourselves every half an hour: Hey man, I am a Paris champion!?
Not really (laughs). It was a very intense phase with many thoughts. And suddenly, I am again the normal Roger, whom I always am. Roger, who is just happy and has nothing to do. Then, sometimes I forget what I've achieved. But since Paris, I have not seen many friends yet and also didn't read many of the e-mails. If someone says to me: How was it? It is insane, now you have done it and you can enjoy it. Then, everything comes back to me and it is cool. It's an unbelievable feeling, and even if I do not do think about that every half an hour, I sometimes tell myself: Wow, now I am Roland Garros champion!

Because of your matches, many of your fans worry, go through some anxious moments, have sleepless nights. How do you deal with your nervousness? Would you take tranquilizers before a big match?
No, I don't do this, I also take painkillers only if necessary. Last time I took them, was when I had severe back pain at the end of the season (2008 ). Usually, I am very calm before my matches. I would say: out of ten matches, I am really nervous possibly once, and twice I feel slightly nervous. The other six, seven times I am completely relaxed. In Paris I was extremely nervous before the match against Monfils. Maybe it was because I really didn't feel my game against Tommy Haas or just because it was against a Frenchman.

Your popularity has reached a new point. There are people who took exception to the fact that no one from Federal Council was in Paris when you wrote sport history. You also?
No. Mr. Merz has congratulated me. He has written to me. And in recent years, the representatives of Federal Council were often at the tournaments. Micheline Calmy-Rey was once in Paris and Samuel Schmid at Wimbledon. For individual athletes, it is not the rule that Federal Councilors come. It is not like a National Team, where the National Anthem is always played. But I am very relaxed about that. If they come, I'm happy, if not, it is also not a problem.

Speaking of National Anthem: many people have criticized you, that you cried after you lost at the Australian Open. In Paris, there was an impression that you were fighting back tears, especially during the National Anthem.
I try to never cry in a public, because it is a bit embarrassing for me. I know that the TV people wait exactly for this moment, so they can show it on a big screen. So, I am happy if I can, at least, hold back tears can, until I am in the locker room. Especially after defeats. In Paris, I was actually very relaxed after the victory. But when the National Anthem was played, which rarely happens in my sport, I could no longer hold back tears. That was just a very proud moment.

How big is in reality the satisfaction to show it again to all the critics and doom-mongers?
Well... (thinking) I am not a person who wants to prove everything to everybody. I wanted most of all to prove to myself that it wasn't that bad. However what really surprised me was that all of a sudden many thought that they knew better. I don't mean only the media. Many people wrote to me or tried to talk to me: you have to change this or that, you are stubborn, not ready to make a change. (LOL @ the bolded part)I just say: what are you really talking about? Last year I tried working with Jose Higueras, we worked well together. Then I tried with Darren Cahill. I work with Severin Lüthi, all the time I meet people with whom I speak about tennis. I am open for many things. That's why I was surprised to hear such things. This was quite unpleasant. When you don't win tournaments all the time it's logical that everybody can criticise you. And when you play well, everybody becomes silent. That's what I don't like in tennis sometimes. You can always be very close to being the best and very close to being the worst.

Now people are once again singing your praises.

The fluctuations in perception are extreme. I think this also has a lot to do with the ranking. I understand that Nadal wants to use similar system to golf, where the results of the last two years count. Tiger Woods was injured for eight months, but none was panicking. He was still No.1, so no problem. If I was out for eight months, I would fall far behind in my ranking. On the other hand, there is always a story in tennis, because everything is changing so fast. Now, after Paris, everybody will say: he is one of the best and we always knew it. Sometimes this dramatization is also funny.

What do you think of the worldwide discussion whether you are now the best of all times? Do you sit back and enjoy?
I enjoy it and I am proud if positive things are written about me. Especially, after months in which many people were doubting me. I have 14 major victories and all four titles in the different Grand Slams. Paris was a historical moment in tennis. Now I am certainly one of the best. The question is how we evaluate who is the best? We may not know, even in 100 years, who was the best. But I am quite proud of all my records: 20 successive Grand Slam semifinals. 237 weeks as World No.1. These are quite good arguments. If you want to count as one of the best, you need to have dominated tennis. And I was doing that for a fairly long time.

But I have an impression that most people already consider you the best of all times.
I will certainly not say: I am the best of all time. I have simply too much respect for the history of tennis. But I think it's nice that people discuss it. But I say it again and again: let me finish my career first and then you can compare me to others. Sometimes it is judged too hastily. Okay, there are many parallels between me and Sampras. But I may play for another ten years. Or maybe just for one year.

Don't scare us.

No, no fear (laughs). I know I will not (play only for one me year).

How many Grand Slam titles will have you when we conduct another interview in six years?
I hope that I will get some more. I always say: a year with a Grand Slam title is a good year. It also helps me that I have many fans all over the World and I can always play on Centre Courts.

What is the biggest compliment for you: genial tennis player? excellent ambassador for Switzerland? down-to-earth person?

All the compliments are nice. I am particularly pleased when people tell me that they like how I dealt with success, that I have remained the same person. That I didn't let the success go into my head. That pleases me also. If one has so much success over years, that is not natural. So, I am proud of it.

In Paris almost all your competitors also hoped for your victory. What makes you so popular?
I feel the mood in the locker room is like that for quite long time. About 80 % players hope that I win. I was also chosen by other competitors as the fairest player for five successive years. I was the No.1 for four, five years and the others could say: he is a nice guy, but it is not fair that he beats us all the time. When I came on the tour, many said: you are too nice, you cannot achieve success. I thought: should I suddenly start acting silly? This could not be the aim. I am glad that I have proved to the contrary.

Your parents and your wife, Mirka are often in the limelight, but you sister Diana is rarely seen. How is your relationship with her?
It is good, everything is OK. I am pleased when she visits me. She was in Paris on Whit Sunday (30.05), but she could not come for the final. You cannot always travel everywhere. At Wimbledon, she was practically at every final. We keep in contact and I am happy about that. Unfortunately we rarely see each other. She still lives in Basel and has a nice friend. My parents have more time, since they help me with the Foundation, with all inquiries. Because they no longer have a regulated daily routine, they can stay much longer, are more flexible. Thus they can accompany me more often to tournaments.

Do you like this?

This is what I so desired. It was a dream of my parents that I will be a good tennis player. And it would be a shame, if now, when I am at the top, they would say: we have seen often seen you play, just do your thing. One should also enjoy success.

OTMPut
06-18-2009, 08:11 PM
However what really surprised me was that all of a sudden many thought that they knew better. I don't mean only the media.

Clearly he is talking about NadalFreak, Veroniquem and other TT pundits.

VivalaVida
06-18-2009, 08:21 PM
Clearly he is talking about NadalFreak, Veroniquem and other TT pundits.
its official. Federer stalks these boards. :lol:

DoubleDeuce
06-18-2009, 09:03 PM
Interesting read, thanks Mandy.

Story of this forum, well said:


"You can always be very close to being the best and very close to being the worst"

zagor
06-18-2009, 09:04 PM
its official. Federer stalks these boards. :lol:

I suspected it before but now there isn't any doubt really.

Brned
06-18-2009, 09:09 PM
In Paris almost all your competitors also hoped for your victory. What makes you so popular?
I feel the mood in the locker room is like that for quite long time. About 80 % players hope that I win. I was also chosen by other competitors as the fairest player for five successive years. I was the No.1 for four, five years and the others could say: he is a nice guy, but it is not fair that he beats us all the time. When I came on the tour, many said: you are too nice, you cannot achieve success. I thought: should I suddenly start acting silly? This could not be the aim. I am glad that I have proved to the contrary.

He's so full of himself ;)

kanamit
06-18-2009, 09:15 PM
Whenever we were scoffing at the thread right before Fed's final a couple of weeks ago titled "Give some tips for when Mirka looks through the forum," we were obviously being premature.

slicefox
06-18-2009, 09:31 PM
wtf i thought fed was christian

kanamit
06-18-2009, 09:37 PM
wtf i thought fed was christian

Practically every European is postChristian and laughs at how religious Americans are.

slicefox
06-18-2009, 09:38 PM
ye liberalism is taking over europe.

kanamit
06-18-2009, 09:41 PM
ye liberalism is taking over europe.

I think you mean secularism.

By the way, does anybody here know whether Fed's parents are divorced? I notice that whenever they're both in the Players Box that they are usually sitting on opposite ends. I just assumed that they are separated, but maybe they're just weird?

IvanAndreevich
06-18-2009, 09:45 PM
wtf i thought fed was christian

He was :lol:

TennisandMusic
06-18-2009, 09:48 PM
What is the source of this interview, out of curiosity? I don't see a link or anything.

VivalaVida
06-18-2009, 09:48 PM
He was :lol:
he will probably start believing again when is an old geezer not winning slams every 3 months :lol:

mikro112
06-18-2009, 10:11 PM
By the way, does anybody here know whether Fed's parents are divorced? I notice that whenever they're both in the Players Box that they are usually sitting on opposite ends. I just assumed that they are separated, but maybe they're just weird?

I was wondering the same! Any info on this?

joeri888
06-18-2009, 10:15 PM
its official. Federer stalks these boards. :lol:

He's either Conquistador or Breakpoint obviously.

joeri888
06-18-2009, 10:17 PM
I was wondering the same! Any info on this?

As far as I know they're not divorced. I think they actually are together. My guess as to why they sit on the other end, is because Federer's father really has nerve issues during matches I think. He's always standing a lot, and sometimes only sits down during changeovers. I think he's just too passionate a watcher or something. He never really liked to watch live and is a very superstitious guy as well.

angharad
06-18-2009, 10:21 PM
As far as I know they're not divorced. I think they actually are together. My guess as to why they sit on the other end, is because Federer's father really has nerve issues during matches I think. He's always standing a lot, and sometimes only sits down during changeovers. I think he's just too passionate a watcher or something. He never really liked to watch live and is a very superstitious guy as well.

I believe Robert basically gives a running commentary of the match as he's watching it, and he can be quite critical. Lynette can't stand the jabbering, so she doesn't sit next to him.

OTMPut
06-18-2009, 10:32 PM
He's so full of himself ;)

Brned is definitely Nadal. All that humility is a facade. Sham.

veroniquem
06-18-2009, 10:36 PM
Clearly he is talking about NadalFreak, Veroniquem and other TT pundits.
Yes, I'm sure I'm always on Fed's mind, most of what he says is directed at me :)

BreakPoint
06-18-2009, 11:41 PM
I think you mean secularism.

By the way, does anybody here know whether Fed's parents are divorced? I notice that whenever they're both in the Players Box that they are usually sitting on opposite ends. I just assumed that they are separated, but maybe they're just weird?
When you've been married as long as they have, that's normal. :shock:

zagor
06-18-2009, 11:42 PM
He's either Conquistador or Breakpoint obviously.

If there's even the slightest chance that Fed is Conquistador I'm hoping to another bandwagon LOL.

mandy01
06-18-2009, 11:46 PM
As far as I know they're not divorced. I think they actually are together. My guess as to why they sit on the other end, is because Federer's father really has nerve issues during matches I think. He's always standing a lot, and sometimes only sits down during changeovers. I think he's just too passionate a watcher or something. He never really liked to watch live and is a very superstitious guy as well.
yes,its true.Robert Federer gets so nervous during Roger's matches that Lynnette refuses to sit with him :lol:Infact he used to not come to watch Roger's matches for quite sometime due to nerves :lol: Its a lot better now,though :wink:
But as far as I know they are together.They both travel with him many a times.

Brned
06-19-2009, 12:32 AM
Brned is definitely Nadal. All that humility is a facade. Sham.

Hey I was joking!! thats why I used a ;) and not a :rolleyes:

LanceStern
06-19-2009, 12:40 AM
It makes me sad he is not Christian anymore.

When he takes God out of the equation for success he's asking for it.... hmmm

TennisandMusic
06-19-2009, 12:56 AM
Sooooo....again. Source?

mandy01
06-19-2009, 01:09 AM
Sooooo....again. Source? The interview wasnt in English but if you still find it necessary I'll post the link when I log in again.

TennisandMusic
06-19-2009, 02:50 AM
The interview wasnt in English but if you still find it necessary I'll post the link when I log in again.

That would be cool. I just want to see where it came from.

OrangeOne
06-19-2009, 03:11 AM
It makes me sad he is not Christian anymore.

When he takes God out of the equation for success he's asking for it.... hmmm

Who said God was 'in his equation' in the first place during his success - he may have stopped believing well before his success - most people that stop believing do it in teens, not as a 20-something.

P_Agony
06-19-2009, 03:58 AM
Another arrogant interview by arrogant Roger. When will he stop I wonder... How does he even dare displaying happinness after winning Roland Garros? How does he dare mention the name of the king of tennis (Nadal)? He should have just said "The King" instead of just "Nadal" - total disrespect on his part.
And 80% Roger? 80%? What if it's just 78%? or maybe 73.75%? How arrogant of you to make an estimation rather than giving a full mathematical calculation?

Yet another totally arroagnt interview from Fed...;-)

Thanks mandy :-)

kOaMaster
06-19-2009, 04:10 AM
wtf i thought fed was christian

what the...?

Do you believe in higher powers? In God? Do you pray before important matches?
No, not much. Rather not. I am Catholic and in the past I often went to church with my parents. But I don't pray much, I am not spiritual and I am quite relaxed when it comes to these matters.

he clearly said he is catholic - who do you get from there that he is not christian?

beside the fact that I prefer him not praying for god and spreading his words around the world. he's a tennis player, not a missionary!

endbegin
06-19-2009, 04:24 AM
Another arrogant interview by arrogant Roger. When will he stop I wonder... How does he even dare displaying happinness after winning Roland Garros? How does he dare mention the name of the king of tennis (Nadal)? He should have just said "The King" instead of just "Nadal" - total disrespect on his part.
And 80% Roger? 80%? What if it's just 78%? or maybe 73.75%? How arrogant of you to make an estimation rather than giving a full mathematical calculation?

Yet another totally arroagnt interview from Fed...;-)

Thanks mandy :-)

And he dissed God too! That's the ultimate arrogance!
What if the real trouble with Nadal's knees is that he has been praying too hard? All that kneeling down can really weaken them knees! :)

P_Agony
06-19-2009, 05:21 AM
And he dissed God too! That's the ultimate arrogance!
What if the real trouble with Nadal's knees is that he has been praying too hard? All that kneeling down can really weaken them knees! :)

Total arrogance from Fed I agree. Having his own belief! Does he not know he's not allowed to have opinions of his own? Why does he never learn? He's also arrogant to think he's one of the greatest ever. Hello? Who do you think you are exactly? A 14 time GS champion? A career slam winner? A 237 straight weeks #1 in the world? A 20 straight times GS semi-finalist? delusional! Arrogant and delusional!

Sentinel
06-19-2009, 05:41 AM
^^ Yeah, the title should be "another interview with Roger the Great" !!!