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oldmanfan

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Inteview in Swiss, google translated:

Roger Federer
6 hours ago
«That was an absolutely fantastic week»
by René Stauffer

Roger Federer was exhausted after his team's victory in the 3rd Laver Cup - and as proud as ever.When the victorious Team Europa arrives in the interview room of the Palexpo Hall late on Sunday, Alexander Zverev proudly balances the Laver Cup on his head. It was he, as in the year before, who made the decision - even though Europe had fallen back 7:11 before the last two singles. The champagne is already prepared for the interview podium, Björn Borg looks a bit tipsy. "The main thing, we won. Everything else does not interest me anymore, "he says.

Rafael Nadal watches a football match from Real Madrid almost unnoticed on his cell phone. He admits he was only able to play on his left hand on Saturday with an infiltration; she had started to hurt him after the US Open, and on Sunday morning the pain was so severe that he had canceled his assignment in the Laver Cup; the rest of the season should not be in danger. Zverev praises how much Federer and Nadal's tips helped him before the deciding match-tiebreak against Milos Raonic; this could boost his career, he hopes. In the center but Roger Federer, who accompanies the entire press conference as an unofficial moderator, first gives information in English and then tells Swiss journalists how much this victory has moved him,

What feelings do you have now, so soon after the victory? We are all broken, but happy that Zverev could put the screw on. Personally, I am also glad that I was able to help bring legends like Laver, McEnroe, Borg and Nadal to the Palexpo Hall. That was very cool for me. I consider the event to be a success and hope that everyone sees it that way. The idea of the Laver Cup has always been to make people happy and good for tennis.

They seem emotionally battered. How close did you get to this encounter?She was very emotional. Imagine playing for three days in front of 17'500 spectators who support you, also from the other players you are supported, you can spend a week with Borg, Rafa and all the other players who hopefully will become legends - that means a lot to me. There are many emotions.

Nadal said winning the team is better than being on her own. Would you agree with that? In any case. It has always been that way, and I'm getting very emotional in the Davis Cup or the Hopman Cup too. The more people there, the more powerful it gets. In the case of a victory, it is even more ingenious, and when you lose, the others rush straight to your aid. That was the same here with us. It was an absolutely fantastic week for us.

How did you physically manage it? Very good - except that I lost my voice. I probably screamed too loud and too long at the match ball, but that's good again soon. Physically this was the best Laver Cup of my career. For the first two I had some back problems, I felt stiff and that was not the case now. That's why I could enjoy it more. This time it was Rafa who had to go through. We greatly appreciate what he has taken on everything. That shows how important this is to him.

How are you going?Already on Tuesday I take the condition training. I already had some days off before the Laver Cup and am looking forward to it. The idea was that you are not completely broken after the Laver Cup. I probably played the most but survived well, except for my voice. The season is still long, and I'm looking forward to it.

source:

[...Physically this was the best Laver Cup of my career. For the first two I had some back problems, I felt stiff and that was not the case now. That's why I could enjoy it more...]
 
Inteview in Swiss, google translated:

Roger Federer
6 hours ago
«That was an absolutely fantastic week»
by René Stauffer

Roger Federer was exhausted after his team's victory in the 3rd Laver Cup - and as proud as ever.When the victorious Team Europa arrives in the interview room of the Palexpo Hall late on Sunday, Alexander Zverev proudly balances the Laver Cup on his head. It was he, as in the year before, who made the decision - even though Europe had fallen back 7:11 before the last two singles. The champagne is already prepared for the interview podium, Björn Borg looks a bit tipsy. "The main thing, we won. Everything else does not interest me anymore, "he says.

Rafael Nadal watches a football match from Real Madrid almost unnoticed on his cell phone. He admits he was only able to play on his left hand on Saturday with an infiltration; she had started to hurt him after the US Open, and on Sunday morning the pain was so severe that he had canceled his assignment in the Laver Cup; the rest of the season should not be in danger. Zverev praises how much Federer and Nadal's tips helped him before the deciding match-tiebreak against Milos Raonic; this could boost his career, he hopes. In the center but Roger Federer, who accompanies the entire press conference as an unofficial moderator, first gives information in English and then tells Swiss journalists how much this victory has moved him,

What feelings do you have now, so soon after the victory? We are all broken, but happy that Zverev could put the screw on. Personally, I am also glad that I was able to help bring legends like Laver, McEnroe, Borg and Nadal to the Palexpo Hall. That was very cool for me. I consider the event to be a success and hope that everyone sees it that way. The idea of the Laver Cup has always been to make people happy and good for tennis.

They seem emotionally battered. How close did you get to this encounter?She was very emotional. Imagine playing for three days in front of 17'500 spectators who support you, also from the other players you are supported, you can spend a week with Borg, Rafa and all the other players who hopefully will become legends - that means a lot to me. There are many emotions.

Nadal said winning the team is better than being on her own. Would you agree with that? In any case. It has always been that way, and I'm getting very emotional in the Davis Cup or the Hopman Cup too. The more people there, the more powerful it gets. In the case of a victory, it is even more ingenious, and when you lose, the others rush straight to your aid. That was the same here with us. It was an absolutely fantastic week for us.

How did you physically manage it? Very good - except that I lost my voice. I probably screamed too loud and too long at the match ball, but that's good again soon. Physically this was the best Laver Cup of my career. For the first two I had some back problems, I felt stiff and that was not the case now. That's why I could enjoy it more. This time it was Rafa who had to go through. We greatly appreciate what he has taken on everything. That shows how important this is to him.

How are you going?Already on Tuesday I take the condition training. I already had some days off before the Laver Cup and am looking forward to it. The idea was that you are not completely broken after the Laver Cup. I probably played the most but survived well, except for my voice. The season is still long, and I'm looking forward to it.

source:

[...Physically this was the best Laver Cup of my career. For the first two I had some back problems, I felt stiff and that was not the case now. That's why I could enjoy it more...]
It called Rafa a “her” after the translation :-D:-D
 

oldmanfan

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Roddick had numbers like that in the 2003 Wimby semi. Of course, we know what happened there as well...
The current field has no idea how lucky they are that there's no 2003-2007 Fedr around. I was just watching a clip of 2007 Fedr playing Isner at USO07, where he went 98+ points without an UE (more after the pop-up, totaling 100+).
Insane. :eek:

@39:49 :
 

TearTheRoofOff

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The current field has no idea how lucky they are that there's no 2003-2007 Fedr around. I was just watching a clip of 2007 Fedr playing Isner at USO07, where he went 98+ points without an UE (more after the pop-up, totaling 100+).
Insane. :eek:

@39:49 :
This is a large part of what made prime Fed in particular such a difficult player to handle, the likes of which we haven't seen before or, contrary to popular opinion on these boards, since. Fed is one of the more attacking players of recent times who typically employs a high risk, low margin game that utilizes early ball striking and a touch of line painting to take time and often the racket away from his opponents. When you couple this with great consistency, which he often showed in his prime, you have a lethal combination that would usually take legendary performances to stop.
 
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This is a large part of what made prime Fed in particular such a difficult player to handle, the likes of which we haven't seen before or, contrary to popular opinion, since. Fed is one of the more attacking players of recent times who typically employs a high risk, low margin game that utilizes early ball striking and a touch of line painting to take time and often the racket away from his opponents. When you couple this with great consistency, which he often showed in his prime, you have a lethal combination that would usually take legendary performances to stop.
I still think when he finds his groove and is on, he is simply better than anyone, it just happens to be very rare at times due to age. But if he can somehow do it over a 2 weeks span he can win any slam except maybe FO.

That is a big IF, but enough for me, and obviously Fed to still believe.
 

ForehandRF

Professional
I still think when he finds his groove and is on, he is simply better than anyone, it just happens to be very rare at times due to age. But if he can somehow do it over a 2 weeks span he can win any slam except maybe FO.

That is a big IF, but enough for me, and obviously Fed to still believe.
One thing that is often overlooked is that back in those days balls and surfaces were perfect for his first strike tennis.Can't see Djokovic or Nadal being able to defend so well in those conditions and Fed would probably broke their defences more often with winners, especially from the forehand side.I believe that the higher bounce, heavier balls, more sand added to the courts, these things stopped Fed more than Djokovic and Nadal themselves.Well, his lack of clutchness too... :)
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
One thing that is often overlooked is that back in those days balls and surfaces were perfect for his first strike tennis.Can't see Djokovic or Nadal being able to defend so well in those conditions and Fed would probably broke their defences more often with winners, especially from the forehand side.I believe that the higher bounce, heavier balls, more sand added to the courts, these things stopped Fed more than Djokovic and Nadal themselves.Well, his lack of clutchness too... :)

Djokovic blew many opportunities to win the first two sets and even he had break points in the third set in that final of the US Open 2007 on that fast surface.
:sick:
 

ForehandRF

Professional
Djokovic blew many opportunities to win the first two sets and even he had break points in the third set in that final of the US Open 2007 on that fast surface.
:sick:
That's true.Choking to some extent from Djokovic and rather poor performance from Fed (for his standards), especially compared to previous rounds.Not Fed's cleanest USO win, that's for sure.
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
That's true.Choking to some extent from Djokovic and rather poor performance from Fed (for his standards), especially compared to previous rounds.Not Fed's cleanest USO win, that's for sure.
6 set points in the first two sets are not few, I think.
Would you believe that Federer could have reversed that disadvantage of being two sets down against the Serbian?
 

ForehandRF

Professional
6 set points in the first two sets are not few, I think.
Would you believe that Federer could have reversed that disadvantage of being two sets down against the Serbian?
Tough one, I dunno.Fed would have needed to bring the level from the QF or SF immediately and some unclutchness from Novak would have surely helped.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Wow... Fed is really cramming in a lot of unnecessary exos at the end of the season. He's scheduled to play Kei in Tokyo October 14, Zverev in Chile on November 19 and Del Po in Argentina on November 20. Not to mention actual ATP events which he's scheduled to play in Shanghai, Basel, Paris and the WTF.

At 38, he doesn't need to waste precious recovery time or energy travelling all over the world for exos. Just my .05 cents.
 
Wow... Fed is really cramming in a lot of unnecessary exos at the end of the season. He's scheduled to play Kei in Tokyo October 14, Zverev in Chile on November 19 and Del Po in Argentina on November 20. Not to mention actual ATP events which he's scheduled to play in Shanghai, Basel, Paris and the WTF.

At 38, he doesn't need to waste precious recovery time or energy travelling all over the world for exos. Just my .05 cents.
Well I don't think he is playing in Tokyo anymore due to Nishi injury, and the other two are back to back days, so just one weekend really.
 

PeteD

Legend
Wow... Fed is really cramming in a lot of unnecessary exos at the end of the season. He's scheduled to play Kei in Tokyo October 14, Zverev in Chile on November 19 and Del Po in Argentina on November 20. Not to mention actual ATP events which he's scheduled to play in Shanghai, Basel, Paris and the WTF.

At 38, he doesn't need to waste precious recovery time or energy travelling all over the world for exos. Just my .05 cents.
Why don't you write him a letter, in case he misses this thread.
 
Djokovic be like

There is a lot here to discuss actually. I might do a thread about it even though I am sure it will get ripped to shreds. Think about it, when it is all said and done, one of them will be on top (looking like maybe Rafa?). While all three can be involved and make an impact after they retire, I see it as a two man show. Djoker might get left out in the rain if Rafa and Fed cozy up with each other after their careers. But Djoker might catch on to this and start befriending Rafa more than usual so he can be that second guy when it is all said and done.
 

Genious at Work

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There is a lot here to discuss actually. I might do a thread about it even though I am sure it will get ripped to shreds. Think about it, when it is all said and done, one of them will be on top (looking like maybe Rafa?). While all three can be involved and make an impact after they retire, I see it as a two man show. Djoker might get left out in the rain if Rafa and Fed cozy up with each other after their careers. But Djoker might catch on to this and start befriending Rafa more than usual so he can be that second guy when it is all said and done.
I just don't see that happening. What I do see happening is Djokovic getting 25 slams and still ending up less popular.

 

oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
PART 1/2

Great Fedr interview:
World class duo

A different kind of rally: Roger RF and ski star Mikaela MS talked about cooking slips, alcohol escapades and the retirement.

By Claudia Hottiger, Andreas Eugster

September 23rd, 2019

Mikaela Shiffrin is a bit nervous when she waits for her interview partner in the hotel La Reserve amongst a small group of journalists. For once the US skier is sitting on the other side. Asks questions which normally journalists ask, and this none other than Roger RF. Both athletes are the current faces of Italian Pasta company Barilla who invited to this conversation. There was more talk than about just Pasta.

Mikaela Shiffrin: Ok, let us start. We have 18 millions questions. Do you read bedtime stories for your children?

Roger Federer: Just yesterday evening.

MS: Out of which book? Harry Potter?

RF: Oh no, that‘s still way to scary for them. They would get nightmares from it and suddenly stand in our room in the night because they won‘t be able to sleep. But let me think… What have I read them yesterday? Oh yes, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I have tried to trick them and said: Goldilocks and the Two Bears. My sons looked at me and said: It’s Three Bears. And I replied: Really? Let us count them. Ok, it’s Three Bears… (laughs)

MS: How does an ideal Sunday look like for you? I mean without tennis.

RF: I like to be planless. On a beautiful Sunday we might go into the mountains or at the beach – depending where we are at the moment. If we add tennis it would have been great of course to win this year’s Wimbledon final. That was also on a Sunday. Awful story (laughs).

MS: Which is your absolutely favorite food? Something which you can eat every day.

RF: I like the diversity. But when I have to choose one I take Spaghetti Pomodoro. A classic. I also like Carbonara but every day? … That‘s too heavy for me.

MS: Is there something which you don‘t like to eat at all? Snails for example?

RF: Honestly said my kids just tried snails yesterday evening. And it was their own request.

MS: What?? Your kids asked you if they can eat snails? Really? Then you need to have them checked.

RF: (Laughs) Yes, maybe you are right. But back to me. If I‘m in a good restaurant I actually eat nearly everything. I also already had sea urchins. With a good sauce you try the craziest things. What is something which we find on your plate?

MS: I have never tried snails. And I‘m not a fan of oysters.

RF: Oh, oysters. I already eat them as well – but I don‘t need them again.

MS: Pasta or rice?

RF: Barilla Pasta of course (laughs)

MS: Attention hashtag Barilla…

MS: Have you ever made homemade Pasta? I mean with dough and everything.

RF: Yes, but it was a long time ago and wasn‘t really successful. I‘m not a good cook. That‘s why I‘m happy whenever my wife or mom are there. They do the cooking then and say: „We know that you can‘t really do this so well. Better look after the kids or set the table.“

MS: How is it in the house RF when mother Mirka isn‘t there but your four kids are hungry?

RF: Sometimes my daughters do the cooking then. They can do it quite good already actually. Of course there are sometimes a few mishaps. At the US Open in New York they did Porridge for me for breakfast. But it burnt in the pan. My wife didn‘t find it funny at all because she barely got the pan clean.

MS: You don‘t cook something at all?

RF: I‘m really bad at this. As an emergency solution we go into a restaurant then or I tell the kids to eat a muesli. Sometimes we find something from the day before to warm up.

MS: What do you eat before or after a practice or a match?

RF: Normally salad and pasta. It worked well so far. It accompanies me through my whole tenniscareer. In the beginning I always left the last third on the plate as I was to nervous to continue to eat. In the last 10 years I don‘t have a problem with it anymore though. How is it for you?

MS: I know this. I also have a nervous stomach.

RF: You will get over it – when you get older (laughs).

MS: Are there any vegetables which you don‘t like?

RF: No, not really. I have been a vegetarian before. And my mother always reminded me to finish my vegetables. I didn‘t and don‘t have a problem with it.

MS: What do you eat during the changeover at a match?

RF: When I really need something I eat those power bars. But it doesn‘t happen that often. I‘m very „old school“ in this regard and just drink water.

With the next question Mikaela MS is hesitating.

MS: Oh, I don‘t feel to comfortable to ask you this question. Just read it yourself.

RF: Oh my, is it that bad? Ok, I will read it: What is your favorite hangover breakfast and have you ever been totally drunk? Yes, of course I have been. It was the worst after my US Open victory in 2008. I needed three days until I felt quite ok again. I just tried to countervail something at the hangover brekfast but didn‘t know if I would be able to eat something at all.

MS: Wow!

RF: But hasn‘t this happen to all of us already?

MS: Well, I‘m still working on it.

RF: Win the US Open and you will do the same (he has a laughing fit)

MS: I can imagine.

RF: It‘s problematic when the bar where you are celebrating in closes and you ordered enough drinks to pull through. And then you notice that you ordered to many drinks but drink them anyway.

MS: Sounds like you had a great time.

RF: Definetely!

MS: Ok, let‘s go back to more harmless questions. Do you know the expression: „An apple a day keeps the doctor away?“

RF: Sure, I already heard it.

MS: And? Do you live like that?

RF: I try to eat healthy and diversified and that‘s what I also tell my kids. I find it important that you try everything and I try to be a good example.

MS: Have you ever done a diet?

RF: Not until now. But after my retirement I want to try it.

MS: Wine or beer?

RF: Wine.

MS: And… other alcohol?

RF: Yeah! I don‘t say no to a good champagne.

MS: What‘s with hiking? Do you hike?

RF: A lot actually. Hey, don‘t forget it‘s some kind of national sport in Switzerland. A bit like American Football for you.

MS: And you do it with these walking sticks?

RF: Certainly not. That‘s nothing for me. But a good barbecue sausage belongs to it. I love it to grill with my kids over a fire.

MS: Ok, now you already answered my next question. What do you eat when you hike? To grill sausages – check!

RF: Do you hike as well?

MS: Yes, of course. I live in the mountains. In Colorado.

RF: Are you allowed to make a fire there in the wilderness?

MS: Not everywhere as it is very dry over there. But there are special places for it.

RF: And then you eat sausages as well?

MS: Yes, when I go camping there are sausages or burgers.

RF: Do you sleep in a tent then?

MS: No, I don‘t like that. I need a mattress and a room to sleep.

RF: Same for me.

MS: Which three things won‘t you miss when you are retired?

RF: Maybe the travelling. Even though I like to be on the road around the world. But it is something different when you can choose your destinations as a tourist as when the tournament schedule dictates them. The same goes for the pressure which you have as a tennis player. I probably won‘t miss it even though I might think: Yes, it were good times with all the challenges to be ready on point. I will certainly miss all the other players. It will be strange when you won‘t be a part anymore of this family from one day to the other.

MS: Have you already considered whether you will follow tennis as a viewer in the stadion then?

RF: Good question. I think so. I guess it would feel completely wrong to totally go away. I love tennis too much for this. Sure, in the beginning it won‘t be easy for me. To only sit there and don‘t have the control anymore over a match. Especially in a stadion where all the people will look at you and you will get shown on the big screen… difficult.

MS: Which three sports moments apart from tennis have been the most emotional for you?

RF: When several players from FC Basel ended their career there was a ceremony and I thought how sad it is that they leave the club. I was very touched. Also the Champions League victories of the team are emotional for me. Another moment was when Gaston Gaudio won the French Open. He was so happy that I was just touched as well.

MS: Do you also get emotional when you watch your own matches again?

RF: Yes, this can happen, especially when music is added to them, then it goes very quickly. When I won the Australian Open 2017 there were so many videos. I just thought: Stop sending me those videos! (pretends he needs to cry) Everyone knows that I‘m an emotional guy. But I get stronger (laughs).

MS: Is there a part in the world which you haven‘t seen and which you would like to visit, as a tourist of course?

RF: Oh yes, there are many. I would like to see more from Africa and I try to travel to South America this year. I also love travelling through Asia but want to do more with the car. You just see more when you are a bit slower on the road. After Wimbledon we travelled with a caravan and were on the road in Switzerland, which was funny.

MS: Which places in South America would you like to see?

RF: Hopefully more than the ones I got to see when I was there the last time. In 2012 I already travelled through South America. I hope that there will be some more new countries this time. But as there are journalists sitting here I can‘t reveal more. The contracts aren‘t signed yet and I would get into trouble.

MS: I would also like to travel to Asia. I have only been to South Korea a few years ago for the Olympic Games. The next Games are in Beijing so we will go to there shortly for a test event. But I want to go to Asia without skiing there. Actually I want to visit all places where I have been as an athlete – but to not ski there this time.

RF: Same here. To come back as a tourist so to say.

 
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oldmanfan

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MS: Exactly. Many people come over to me and say that I‘m fortunate that I can travel so much. Yes, but I never really see anything from the places.

RF: New Zealand would be great. I have been there before but only for about 3 days.

MS: It is really beautiful. But I have never been there in the summer.

RF: What? You can ski over there?

MS: Yes, on the south island. That is one of the places where we go to in the summer. Either South America or New Zealand. The conditions are really good. Of course it can also be a bit chaotic.

RF: All the sheeps…

MS: Oh yes, there are many sheeps. When you drive in the night you only see a billion of eyes starring at you.

RF: You think you dream. One sheep, two sheeps…

MS: Yes, exactly, count sheep but more like in a nightmare (both laugh). Ok, let‘s continue. What are your 3 favorite movies?

RF: Oh my god!

MS: I know, I couldn‘t answer this question myself.

RF: Well, I like my super heros.

MS: Marvel?

RF: Yes, or Aquaman.

MS: Funny, I just saw Aquaman on the plane.

RF: I think it‘s great.

MS: Same here.

RF: I like superhero movies. I just saw „Avengers Endgame“ and saved up the last 20 minutes. It didn‘t work out then as my daughter wanted to talk to me the whole time.

MS: You haven‘t seen the end?

RF: No.

MS: Oh my god, what?

RF: Oh yes. What else do I like? „Gladiator.“ I also like „Good Will Hunting“, which has already been a while ago. And there are so many movies which I missed. There are just to many. In my head everything is a bit blurry at the moment.

MS: It is not an easy question. A bit like which are your 3 favorite songs. That‘s what I won‘t answer or ask. Which historic person, legend or person from the pop culture would you like to meet?

RF: In previous times I always hoped to meet my sport idols Pete Sampras, Stefan Edberg or Michael Jordan. It was kind of strange then when I got to meet musicians or actors of whom I never thought it would happen. I even met the Pope and thought: What? I would have liked to have met Nelson Mandela. That would have been inspiring on so many levels. He was an awesome man. But actually I‘m always happy for every meeting as long as it‘s a nice conversation. I‘m surely in a very privileged position that I‘m able to get to know so many great persons. How is it for you?

MS: It‘s similiar for me, actresses and actors or fantastic athletes. I mean it was great to meet you. Ok, sorry, we have to delete that. Let‘s continue. When have you cried the last time? For me it was yesterday. It always happens to me at „Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants“.

RF: I can‘t remember.

MS: But that‘s good, or?

RF: Maybe I shed a little tear in Wimbledon, but not really.

MS: You really hold it together.

RF: On the court, yes. Afterwards someone came over to me and said: „Such a pity, it was so close“, maybe I could actually totally hold them back, I don‘t know it anymore.

MS: Which birthday presents or surprises make you the most happy?
RF: I don‘t need any presents and I don‘t like surprises. But I know that it will happen on my 40th birthday nevertheless. I just talked to my wife about it yesterday. I said to her that I only want to have something small with maybe 6 friends. But it probably won‘t happen. With presents I like it when my kids are creative and draw me something or do handicrafts. But of course I don‘t say no to a nice present whomsoever. I prefer to give actually. It makes me happy when I see other people happy.

MS: The classic.

RF: But it‘s true. I should give my wife way more. I know it and she knows it as well.

MS: What do you teach your kids and the next generation of kids as role model?

RF: Not everyone has to be a role model. It is surely great to be aware of maybe being a role model for some people. With some it just happens natually and others struggle with it. In the end I try to give my kids lightness, respect, fairplay, comradeship and all these with on their ways. I love it to teach my kids these values. I tell them every day to be kind to each other, to say hello, to shake hands and to look people into the eyes. It is also a bit tiring but it‘s worth it. I hope one day they will be good citizens, that‘s my main priority.
But when I see other athletes who don‘t want to be this role model I can understand it. Just because you dream to be an athlete you don‘t dream to be an idol. The dream is to win, to live the moments to lift the trophy. You don‘t have to force yourself to be a role model. The most important is to be true to yourself.

MS: Exactly. When I watched my idols skiing in previous times I was unaware of it. Just when the cameras pointed to me I realized, oh wait, nobody has said something to me about that.

RF: It is like that. I was also unaware of how much attention I would get in the media. Even though you think you know it you actually don‘t know it at all. When I became #1 all of a sudden everyone asked me different questions. Prior they asked me about my forehand, suddenly they asked me about politics. And I thought: „What? I‘m a tennisplayer. Who cares about my opinion?“

MS: And when you answer the people say that they aren‘t interested in your opinion as they actually just want to watch you play tennis.

RF: Precisely. Better stop it.

MS: Ok, we have time for one more question. Does it get on your nerves when people ask you all the time when you will finish your career or when they ask you about your age?

RF: Not anymore. 10 years ago I actually found it quite strange. Someone asked me at the French Open and I was 28 back then. I thought I would continue to play until 32 or 33. Then I had a stage in which those questions were really tiring but I always answered them nevertheless. And now we are at a point that people ask me in every interview as it could be that I reveal it at that moment. But I won‘t do it (laughs). No, today I am able to deal with it. I don‘t know it myself yet. I always say that I wish I would know. What‘s the retirement age for you skiers? Is downhill sooner than slalom?

MS: No, I think downhill is later. For me slalom is the most difficult one for the body. So many forces which act on the body in such a short time. More races, longer races – you have to be on a very good fitness level.

RF: What‘s the average age for a retirement?

MS: For slalom between 29 and 32. But many already retire earlier. Downhill about 35 years. Yes, I have also already been asked when I want to retire. And I‘m 24.

RF: There are also tennisplayers who stop at that age. And then they come back 10 years later. Kim Clijsters for example will give her comeback which is great. I like the idea. I think when you take a break I really believe that you can come back when it works mentally. Ok, are you done?

MS: If I‘m done?

RF: Not it‘s my turn! But I think you did a good job. Wow, why is it suddenly so hot inside here?

MS: No idea, has someone turned on the heating?

RF: Ok, have you ever thought…

MS: … of retiring?

RF: No, let‘s leave this. Can you imagine to be on the other side once and maybe to commentate?

MS: Yes, I can imagine this. But no matter for which I would stand in front of the camera I would have to like it and it shouldn‘t be to serious.

RF: Does it have to be in sports area?

MS: Not necessarily. But whatever it will be after the end of my career as a skier I need to learn something.

RF: I think you have the potential for it.

MS: Oh, thank you. Now I only need to control my sweating.

RF: It‘s the room here. It‘s hot inside here. Normally it isn‘t that warm in Switzerland in September. By the way, what‘s your favorite food? Now we have to get back to Barilla. (Picks up a pack of pasta) Afterwards you can buy a pack.

MS: It costs 10 000 $, which goes into my pocket.

RF: Yes, she has just touched the pack, so it‘s 20 000 (laughs). So which is your meal or maybe better how does the food situation in the skiressorts look like?

MS: Not good.

RF: You are not the only sports…

MS: Sometimes I just think they forget to feed the athletes.

RF: What do you have? Rice, pasta?

MS: Rice, yes and they always have coffee. I don‘t drink coffee. They often have pasta, but not always. Every ressort has his own ski hut with the „normal food“.

RF: For example cheese fondue…

MS: I don‘t know if I want to eat it before a race, it‘s maybe a bit to heavy. But normally there is a tent at the race where you have the food which is available. Sometimes they have goulash soup, pasta or secret whatever. Before the race I bring my sandwich with me or ask in the hotel if they can cook pasta for me which I can take with me to the race.

RF: Do you eat it cold then?
MS: Sometimes yes but often they also have a microwave.
RF: Do you want to read the question #3?
MS: If I have ever been drunk? No. Who is my role model? Who inspires me? I already played the Roger card. I can‘t do it again.
RF: No! In skiing?
MS: Bode Miller. He isn‘t a role model because he had a totally different style than me but he is a hero. In my life it‘s probably my mum. Especially now as her mother, who is 98 years old, went into the old people‘s home. Nomally she travelled with me but now she has to look after her mother. It‘s incredible for me to see how selfless she is to give up her life and job as a nurse to travel with me. And now she is giving up this to be with her mom.
RF: Bring her with you the next time. I would like to meet your heroine.
MS: Or I bring my grandmother.
RF: Yes. You have shown me a video in which her grandmother is playing tennis in a wheelchair. Ok, we only have one more question. We all have bad days. What do you do against it? Do you ever have bad days at all anyway?
MS: Never. Only perfects; And cut! No, it depends if it‘s about skiing or not.
RF: How long does it take at skiing until you are over it?
MS: I‘m never over it. But not in a negative way. I see it as a motivation. But normally it‘s just simple: Give me good food, 8 hours sleep and it‘s ok.
 
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oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
Fedr, they just love him...

A Federer fan is cooking for Roger in Geneva
„I have fallen in love with you“

At the tennistournament in Madrid a Roger Federer fan from Sardinia invites him to dinner.
And indeed: Months later he surprisingly appears: „Ciao Daniela, sono io – Roger.“

by
Andreas W. Schmid

Contrasto/Lorenzo Cicconi Massi
18th September 2019

Roger Federer already got many affirmations of love but this one is that special that he won‘t forget it that quickly. „I am crazy about you“, confesses Daniela Zuncheddu, an ardent admirer from Sardinia, in the beginning of the week at an event from Barilla in Geneva. „You are a great person… First I have fallen in love with tennis, then I have fallen in love with you.“ Her husband stands next to her and is filming everything with the smartphone; he is also a big Federer fan. Suddenly she is losing her voice. Federer does what he always does when a fan starts hyperventilating: He calms her down. „Everything ok“, he says, „that is very kind of you.“

That the 50years old Italian comes that close to the man from Basel is a surprise gag. In spring Zuncheddu was holding a banner on the stands during a match from Federer at the tennistournament in Madrid on which she invited him to a communal meal: „Roger, would you like to have dinner with me tonight? I‘ll cook.“ The invitation was also noticed at the headquarters of the Pasta producer in Parma. Thereupon the idea came up that Zuncheddu should really cook for Federer.
There was started a call in the social media with the picture of Zuncheddu: „Federer fan searching: Raise your hand when it‘s you or you know her!“ The sought person answered herself via Twitter: „That‘s me! Directly from Sardinia to Madrid in order to support the Goat… Roger Federer!“

Now the Italian was lured to Geneva. One found her action on the stands so great that she was invited by Barilla to cook in an exclusive Pasta Cooking Class. That wasn‘t far-fetched as Zuncheddu understands something about Italian cooking: She owns a Pizzeria, the „A modo mio“ in Fluminimaggiore in Sardinia. There she offers a Pizza Federer on the menu, an own creation with gorgonzola, bacon and radicchio as special extras. „It‘s well received and gets ordered several times every evening“, she explains, „no wonder by the name.“ The Italians who value style would be enraptured by Roger‘s elegant style and his smart personality also off the court. „He is extremely popular in Italy.“ In her Pizzeria she has put up a Federer calendar, „but don‘t you dare to touch it as a guest!“

At the meeting with her idol this evening in Geneva she tells him that the Swiss should try to play for many more years on the tour. „Please don‘t stop Roger!“, she requests. „How long should it continue?“ he asks back, „2, 3, 4 years… or maybe 10?“ Then he would be 48. Daniela Zuncheddu wouldn‘t mind it. She fears she might not watch any more tennis when Federer isn‘t active anymore. „Tennis is missing the salt in the soup then.“

At one point there is enough with the chatting, the cook has to keep her promise. She serves „Pasta Tricolore“: Mezza – Maniche, half sleeves. These „short-sleeved“ pasta tubes Zuncheddu served with a caramelized Thymian-Tomatocreme-Sauce and a Pesto Genovese. Federer is blown away: „Fantastico, Daniela!“ The surprise ended with a win-win-result for both sides. For the Italian a dream came true, the Swiss filled up his energy. The Rod Laver Cup in Geneva can begin.

 

oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
Fedr, they just love him...

A Federer fan is cooking for Roger in Geneva
„I have fallen in love with you“

At the tennistournament in Madrid a Roger Federer fan from Sardinia invites him to dinner.
And indeed: Months later he surprisingly appears: „Ciao Daniela, sono io – Roger.“

by
Andreas W. Schmid

Contrasto/Lorenzo Cicconi Massi
18th September 2019

Roger Federer already got many affirmations of love but this one is that special that he won‘t forget it that quickly. „I am crazy about you“, confesses Daniela Zuncheddu, an ardent admirer from Sardinia, in the beginning of the week at an event from Barilla in Geneva. „You are a great person… First I have fallen in love with tennis, then I have fallen in love with you.“ Her husband stands next to her and is filming everything with the smartphone; he is also a big Federer fan. Suddenly she is losing her voice. Federer does what he always does when a fan starts hyperventilating: He calms her down. „Everything ok“, he says, „that is very kind of you.“

That the 50years old Italian comes that close to the man from Basel is a surprise gag. In spring Zuncheddu was holding a banner on the stands during a match from Federer at the tennistournament in Madrid on which she invited him to a communal meal: „Roger, would you like to have dinner with me tonight? I‘ll cook.“ The invitation was also noticed at the headquarters of the Pasta producer in Parma. Thereupon the idea came up that Zuncheddu should really cook for Federer.
There was started a call in the social media with the picture of Zuncheddu: „Federer fan searching: Raise your hand when it‘s you or you know her!“ The sought person answered herself via Twitter: „That‘s me! Directly from Sardinia to Madrid in order to support the Goat… Roger Federer!“

Now the Italian was lured to Geneva. One found her action on the stands so great that she was invited by Barilla to cook in an exclusive Pasta Cooking Class. That wasn‘t far-fetched as Zuncheddu understands something about Italian cooking: She owns a Pizzeria, the „A modo mio“ in Fluminimaggiore in Sardinia. There she offers a Pizza Federer on the menu, an own creation with gorgonzola, bacon and radicchio as special extras. „It‘s well received and gets ordered several times every evening“, she explains, „no wonder by the name.“ The Italians who value style would be enraptured by Roger‘s elegant style and his smart personality also off the court. „He is extremely popular in Italy.“ In her Pizzeria she has put up a Federer calendar, „but don‘t you dare to touch it as a guest!“

At the meeting with her idol this evening in Geneva she tells him that the Swiss should try to play for many more years on the tour. „Please don‘t stop Roger!“, she requests. „How long should it continue?“ he asks back, „2, 3, 4 years… or maybe 10?“ Then he would be 48. Daniela Zuncheddu wouldn‘t mind it. She fears she might not watch any more tennis when Federer isn‘t active anymore. „Tennis is missing the salt in the soup then.“

At one point there is enough with the chatting, the cook has to keep her promise. She serves „Pasta Tricolore“: Mezza – Maniche, half sleeves. These „short-sleeved“ pasta tubes Zuncheddu served with a caramelized Thymian-Tomatocreme-Sauce and a Pesto Genovese. Federer is blown away: „Fantastico, Daniela!“ The surprise ended with a win-win-result for both sides. For the Italian a dream came true, the Swiss filled up his energy. The Rod Laver Cup in Geneva can begin.

 

Otacon

Hall of Fame
My dear Fedfans,

I am a bit drunk, but I'm still unbelievably lucid. I just wanted to say that I've mourned over Fed's records and I feel extremely calm about it. Roger will always remain the greatest player of all time.
The 2004-07 period is the highest level I've ever seen a player reach and I have no doubt that Prime Roger would dominate any group of players from any given era.

Bisous
 

Third Serve

Hall of Fame
My dear Fedfans,

I am a bit drunk, but I'm still unbelievably lucid. I just wanted to say that I've mourned over Fed's records and I feel extremely calm about it. Roger will always remain the greatest player of all time.
The 2004-07 period is the highest level I've ever seen a player reach and I have no doubt that Prime Roger would dominate any group of players from any given era.

Bisous
We're not done just yet, mister!
 
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