View Full Version : Roger Fed - Pre Tournament Interview - Monte Carlo 2011

04-11-2011, 12:11 PM
The entire interview so people cannot just post snippets and twist his words to mean something (usually to make it seem like Roger is 'arrogant')

Please discuss any quote related issues in this thread instead of dissecting his answers in multiple threads.

April 11th, 2011

Q. One week more or less training here in Monte Carlo. How do you find your clay form these days?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I guess you always got to wait for the first couple matches to come around. That gives you a real idea of where youíre at.
Iím happy the way Iím playing, hitting the ball, movement and everything. But, I donít know, I donít count practice as matches. So letís wait and see.
But physically Iím really fine. I got over the jetlag very comfortably. Iíve been here since a while. Iím excited that the tournament starts and Iím participating.

Q. Could you give us some idea of the differences moving back onto the clay, what you find the most pleasing elements to it and what you find the most difficult elements to it?
ROGER FEDERER: So far the transitionís been pretty easy for me this year. But in general, I guess itís just a matter of playing the right way, you know. I feel like at 30 Love, 40 15, 30 15, just go big serve, big shot, take a bit of a chance, and if it works, great, if it doesnít work, no problem, because you have the first serve 30 All.
That easy way out doesnít seem the case on clay because if you play the wrong way and it gets important, itís harder to finally go back to the right place again.
I just feel like obviously itís a different physical demand. I wouldnít say itís more or less. Itís maybe less brutal than on hard courts, but itís longer points, so clearly you have a different fatigue. It just takes a bit of getting used to.
You just want to be mentally ready to go the extra step and play the points in the right way so you donít do all the running. I guess thatís part of the secret on clay, butÖ

Q. What was your thinking in playing here? Were you always planning on it?
ROGER FEDERER: No, I just kind of kept it open. To be honest, I never had in mind that I was never, ever going to play it. But I donít put something on the schedule as long as I donít commit to it a hundred percent because I donít want to fool my fans into buying tickets here and then I donít show up. I think that makes people most upset.
As Iím not entered automatically, I have that good feeling to do that, you know, more short term, which is nice at times. The entries that happen so far ahead of time, you know, youíre supposed to play Indian Wells, people really expect you to play, but sometimes itís just really not the right thing for me to do and so forth.
Itís nice that I had this option with Monaco. I wanted to see how I felt. The last couple years with the back issue, with mono, and last year was the pneumonia I had, I just felt like, you know, it wasnít the right thing to do. I really wanted to rest.
Maybe in hindsight I should have played because I was really lacking matches from after the Australian Open where I played so well. Until basically Estoril, I played five matches in a period of three or four months. Being judged on that is tough on my own game, itís tough going through in press conferences.
Thatís why I said while Iím playing so well, Iíd like to keep that train going of having enough rest, but also playing enough. I think thatís why itís the right thing to do, to play here in Monaco this year.

Q. Although youíve won nine clay court titles, one Grand Slam on clay, do you think youíre still perhaps slightly underestimated as a clay court player?
ROGER FEDERER: Depends by whom maybe. Unfortunately, you know, itís in the rougher time that I play my clay court career. But thatís not fair towards Sergi Bruguera, Gustavo Kuerten, Costa, you name it. There were many good ones before that, as well. Jim Courier, Agassi. All these guys could play really, really well on clay. Maybe not as dominant as Rafa, but surely good enough when they peaked on that surface.
Thatís why itís always a tough surface to try to dominate, except if youíre Rafa, letís put it that way. So I feel very strong on the surface. Itís the surface I grew up on. Everybody knows that by now.
Because, what is it, 75% of my career is played on hard courts on faster courts, clay I only play three or four a year, I donít get that many opportunities either. But Iím really happy with my clay court career, if you just want to break it down to those, because I have, what, three finals here, a couple of finals in Rome I think, I have multiple French Open finals. I could have had much more, but I could also have had much less. So Iím happy with what I have.

Q. What impression did Novakís two wins against Nadal make on you? Were you surprised with it?
ROGER FEDERER: That he won the two tournaments or that he beat Nadal?

Q. The two wins against Nadal, were you surprised how well he did?
ROGER FEDERER: No, not really. I mean, I kind of felt that he was going to have a very good chance for Indian Wells/Miami back to back. After winning the Australian Open the way he did, the way he played in Dubai. Because Iíve done that before, winning Australia, Dubai, then going on to win Indian Wells/Miami. Take it in stride, you think you play so well, you feel unbeatable.
Sure, itís a great effort, but I wasnít that surprised, you know. Sure, I was hoping because I had a role to play in it, that I was able to stop him. I almost had him going in the semis.
But that he beat Rafa, no, Iím not surprised because I think he has a winning record over him on hard courts. With the way he was playing, how well he was playing, he was always going to have a chance to win the Indian Wells final, and after that Miami, even though I picked Rafa to win the final. I just thought itís one of those Masters 1000 Rafa hasnít won yet. I felt like this year he was going to come through. A few points here and there, Rafa didnít play the best breaker, and that was enough for Novak.

Q. Novak said he expects this series of clay courts will go a long way in deciding the No. 1 to the year. Do you go along with that?
ROGER FEDERER: I guess it depends a lot on Rafa. If heís able to defend everything he did last year, itís going to be tough for anybody because then he has, what, three straight Masters 1000s, the French Open in the bag as well. He has super solid results at the end of the season as well, winning the Open, so forth. It all depends a little bit on Rafa.
Sure, you can make a huge step forward. In my situation, if I can go really deep here in Monaco, and also in Rome and so forth, then clearly I donít have much to defend at the French and Wimbledon, Iíll have some opportunities as well, especially when the slams roll around.
Yeah, I think thereís a lot to play for us in the next three, four months. Sure, I know Rafa has a lot of pressure, but I donít think that matters that much for him, especially on this surface. Heís so confident, heís so good, I definitely could see him doing it again. But thereís other guys that have something to say. I hope Iím one of those guys.

Q. Do you think one of the biggest challenges of this clay season is to be fresh at the French, but at the same time you need matches?
ROGER FEDERER: No, I mean, look, Iíve played over 10 seasons on tour so I know how much tennis I need to be ready for the French. Yeah, the last thing you want is to have three matches under your belt going into the French Open. Even with that I can still play tennis. Itís not like I forgot how to play.
With a lot of practice and hard work, you can get a long, long way. Thatís what we have usually before the Australian Open. We donít have much time. Okay, you can say clay is different than hard courts, but at the end of the day itís about getting a few matches early at the French Open. All of a sudden if you get on a roll there, it doesnít matter how many tournaments you played beforehand.
But I think it helps to play enough matches leading into the French. I pick my schedules wisely. I think Iíve done very good choices. Iíve for sure taken some bad choices. Theyíre all part of a full career.


04-11-2011, 12:12 PM

Q. Do you get a special sense of satisfaction that you’re instrumental in helping this tournament retain its status? It’s even gotten bigger, more crowds, stands, people, that it is what it is and still this very special week in tennis.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, it was a tradition here. It’s over a hundred years old, this tournament. It’s been really nice to always come back here and see how it’s grown.
Look, I don’t know how much it would have changed, let’s say, if it would have been downgraded to a 500, how many less top 10 players, how many less top 20 guys would have come here. I don’t know if it would have been that much of a difference.
At the end of the day, it is Monaco. It is a place that many people visit either by boat or by buses. It remains an interesting location for players and fans and media as well. It’s the beginning of the clay court season. I think it would have kept its mystique.
But at the same time I think I really felt it deserved a Masters 1000 status and that’s why Rafa and myself fought for it, because we thought tradition was still a very important part of our game. I just didn’t like the way, you know, people went about it, trying to just get rid of Monaco, shovel in another tournament, which also deserves it, I’m sure. We have great stadiums around the world, great growth.
It’s nice to see that it’s grown again here. But I don’t know how much more you can grow really until it becomes unbearable for everybody. Up till now it’s worked well and it’s nice.

Q. Regarding Novak, do you think he’s taken on a new dimension this year? If so, in which way?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, look, I don’t know. I always said it over and over again: to me, he didn’t need to prove his point. By winning a second major, winning back to back Masters 1000s, going on a streak like he’s doing right now, I knew he could do it. He was good enough.
You ask anybody out there, he’s an uncomfortable guy to play against. He can play aggressive, can defend really well. He’s got some major strength in his game. Like every other play, we try not to play into those strengths.
Right now it’s clicking for him. I think it’s great for the game that he’s managed to play so well and go on a streak. But Rafa’s had streaks in the past, Murray has had streaks, I’ve had streaks. It’s good when that happens. It focuses on something very positive in the game.
There’s been different times when we talked about gambling, doping, other stupid things that are annoying to talk about. This is something very positive.
I think he’s done very well. A year ago people were saying he was struggling with his serve, but he was still in the top four in the world, so he couldn’t have been that bad after all. It shows what a year can do.
It’s going to be interesting to see how long he can keep it up and stay mentally and physically strong because he’s had a long end to the year last year and he started really strong this year. Maybe this break is going to help him for the remainder of the season. But that will be seen in the next few months.

04-11-2011, 12:23 PM
From this page - http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2011-04-11/6776.php

Watch the video as well.

04-11-2011, 02:22 PM
How arrogant of federer not to sound arrogant....

04-11-2011, 10:16 PM
Arrogant or not, it's been pleasure to read, thanks!

04-11-2011, 11:56 PM
The entire interview so people cannot just post snippets and twist his words to mean something (usually to make it seem like Roger is 'arrogant')
Aww. halba and asifallasleep will never forgive you :D

I like it where Roger says that Rafa has yet another cakewalk draw and its rigged so that Rafa can win his 7th. And where he calls Nole's streak a fluke. And where he says Rafa will be his whipping boy during the clay season. And Monte carlo should be downgraded since he does not play it.

:D j/kiddin'.

04-12-2011, 12:11 AM
Thereís been different times when we talked about gambling, doping, other stupid things that are annoying to talk about.

LOL. .....................

04-12-2011, 12:29 AM
LOL. .....................

I don't think Fed would like TT :(

04-12-2011, 06:08 AM
LOL. .....................

I don't see why you LOLLED at that comment.
Fed & the boys used to sit around the fireplace and chat about gambling, drugs and other stupid, annoying stuff. Now they chat about how great it is that Nole got his mojo back.

Makes perfect sense.

On the other hand, by saying 'We', he meant "you (journalist) asking me" about my gambling and drug use. While not being stupid, that would be highly annoying whether he's guilty or not :-P

04-12-2011, 11:27 AM
Thanks for posting that it was a very enjoyable read.

04-12-2011, 01:04 PM
I was at that press conference - I was impressed at just how humble and down to earth he was.

For someone who has achieved so much in the game it was incredible the respect he attributed to particularly Novak and Rafa.

I did sense though that he maybe feels less pressure now that he's not expected to win all the time.

A great guy and a class act all the same - to describe him as arrogant would be a serious "faux pas"


04-12-2011, 08:21 PM
I don't think Fed would like TT :(
naah, i enjoy this amazing place.