This is old news now, but reading a Federer interview conducted before the start of Wimbledon, I was struck by his candour, and in this instance, his liberal use of the word 'should'. A poster here called HollerOne5, started a thread, a little while ago, complaining about how Federer had said he should have won the Rome final against Nadal this year. They felt his assertion was not justified, despite the fact he had two consecutive matchpoints in that match, which were lost on unforced errors.http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=908295#post908295 In one of this year's pre-Wimbledon interviews, Federer uses the word 'should' again, this time to assert he should have lost his French semi-final match against Nalbandian. Q. After what happened in Roland Garros, do you think David Nalbandian won't upset you any more? Do you think there could be a final between you and him? ROGER FEDERER: I don't even know where he is in the draw. Is he in my section? Q. Yes. ROGER FEDERER: I don't know how he's doing, first of all, because of his abdominal. Is he okay or no. Q. I think it's okay. ROGER FEDERER: I hope it's okay for him. He can play very well on all surfaces. I think we'll play more often. He should have beaten me at the French. I got lucky to get out of that match. I fought hard, it paid off. A little lucky, of course. No, I think we'll play more often. Still very hard fought matches. I don't feel like I'm dominating him. http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/interviews/2006-06-25/200606251151232728484.html We all know that Federer demonstrates great consistency in his tennis results. It would appear that he also exhibits uncommon consistency when interpreting events on court, whether they favour him or not. I think this also demonstrates a relaxed application of the english language, on his part. It is not reasonable to expect him to pedantically qualify everything he says, and given english is not his first language, it seems reasonable that people should not over emphasize the literalness of what he says, as often happens on this board. So, cut him some slack, people.