In-Depth Federer Interview

#3
He says about Murray

"I know what I can do and I know what he can do. When we both play well it's a close match, but I always feel it's the attacker who holds the key to success, so it's up to me whether I win or lose, not up to him. That's why I don't mind the match-up, to be honest."

:)
 

Ledigs

Hall of Fame
#4
He says about Murray

"I know what I can do and I know what he can do. When we both play well it's a close match, but I always feel it's the attacker who holds the key to success, so it's up to me whether I win or lose, not up to him. That's why I don't mind the match-up, to be honest."

:)
wow that sounds like a challenge
 

Ledigs

Hall of Fame
#5
:evil:"Mirka gets up more," Federer admits. "She's quick on her feet. I sleep very deeply, which actually helps me to sleep through some screaming."

"There were times, especially at the beginning, when I woke up and helped as well. Now I think we've got into the right habits. During the day I try to help as much as I can."


typical :/
 
#8
:evil:"Mirka gets up more," Federer admits. "She's quick on her feet. I sleep very deeply, which actually helps me to sleep through some screaming."

"There were times, especially at the beginning, when I woke up and helped as well. Now I think we've got into the right habits. During the day I try to help as much as I can."


typical :/
Nothing wrong there. I'm not a traditionalist, but if you both want dad to be the world's best tennis player and both want kids, something's gotta give. I think Mirka will do less work as Fed's manager, and will be alright with getting up in the night.
 

Ledigs

Hall of Fame
#9
Nothing wrong there. I'm not a traditionalist, but if you both want dad to be the world's best tennis player and both want kids, something's gotta give. I think Mirka will do less work as Fed's manager, and will be alright with getting up in the night.
It's definitely an exceptional circumstance, but in couples where both parents work, it's typical that the woman still gets up, which is wrong. And being a SAHM takes a tremendous amount of energy, so I don't even think that a SAHM should get up all the time. It should be split evenly and if one has a particularly stressful job, then the other should do more at night (mother or father). I agree that Federer's situation is very unique though. He needs his rest for these matches.
 
#10
It's definitely an exceptional circumstance, but in couples where both parents work, it's typical that the woman still gets up, which is wrong. And being a SAHM takes a tremendous amount of energy, so I don't even think that a SAHM should get up all the time. It should be split evenly and if one has a particularly stressful job, then the other should do more at night (mother or father). I agree that Federer's situation is very unique though. He needs his rest for these matches.
Right, because you're going to judge people from your armchair without any knowledge of specifics. There may be good reasons why its usually the woman who gets up. Partly biological (they're more in tune to hearing that, even very quiet sounds they otherwise wouldn't notice). The man is probably making more money, so its more important that he be rested for work and not have any problems at work. Etc.

That's egalitarianism for ya.
 

Xenakis

Hall of Fame
#11
Quite a few of my male friends and relatives have had babies over the past year or two and often I hear them say (in the presence of their other halves and referring to the baby waking up at night), 'good job I'm a deep sleeper!', or words to that effect.

They can't all be deep sleepers, must be quite a few fakers who wake up but keep their eyes closed and pretend not to notice.
 

Ledigs

Hall of Fame
#12
Right, because you're going to judge people from your armchair without any knowledge of specifics. There may be good reasons why its usually the woman who gets up. Partly biological (they're more in tune to hearing that, even very quiet sounds they otherwise wouldn't notice). The man is probably making more money, so its more important that he be rested for work and not have any problems at work. Etc.

That's egalitarianism for ya.
I make more than my SO
 
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nikdom

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#13
He says about Murray

"I know what I can do and I know what he can do. When we both play well it's a close match, but I always feel it's the attacker who holds the key to success, so it's up to me whether I win or lose, not up to him. That's why I don't mind the match-up, to be honest."

:)
Here's what Roger said about Murray in its ENTIRETY - should help put these handpicked comments in perspective.
Federer will go into the end-of-season finale in better shape than 12 months ago, when he had a back problem and then fell ill. He estimates that he was feeling "only at 50 per cent well" – for a while he could not even bend down to tie up his laces – and went out at the round-robin stage, ending a run of five successive appearances in the final. The knock-out blow was delivered by Andy Murray, who gave everything in a three-hour thriller that probably scuppered his own chances of beating Nikolay Davydenko in the semi-finals the following day.

Had Murray's determination to send Federer packing come as a surprise, given that the Scot had already qualified and did not need the win? "You've seen me play many dead rubbers over the years and you don't just give them away," Federer smiles. "There are too many points involved and maybe too much money. There's too much at stake, too much pride as well. Why just lose against a main rival if you don't have to? I was vulnerable and he knew that."

That result was the second of four successive defeats to Murray. When Federer ended the sequence at their most recent meeting, in Cincinnati in August, the Swiss seemed particularly fired up, although he insists: "I always have the same hunger to beat players. I'm not one for revenge, even if many people like to build that up."

There have been times, nevertheless, when Murray, a classic counter-attacker, has appeared to get under Federer's skin. After losing in Dubai last year Federer said he was surprised Murray's game had not developed and that he would "have to grind very hard for the next few years if he's going to keep playing this way."

However, Federer believes he copes with opponents like Murray better than he did in his early days against men like Lleyton Hewitt and David Nalbandian. "I had a lot of trouble against those baseliners early on just because they were too consistent. They could always get one more ball back. Maybe they didn't have the best serve, but I wasn't the best return player, so I couldn't take advantage. My serve wasn't solid enough yet, so I would always get tangled up in those horrible baseline rallies.

"Murray can still do that to some degree, but when I play too well or too offensively I can take time away from him now. And I'm too physical, whereas in the beginning I couldn't do that. I couldn't get around backhands like I can now. Now I can mix up my game too well for him to get under my skin.

"I know what I can do and I know what he can do. When we both play well it's a close match, but I always feel it's the attacker who holds the key to success, so it's up to me whether I win or lose, not up to him. That's why I don't mind the match-up, to be honest.

"It's like when [Pete] Sampras and [Andre] Agassi played. Agassi was more aggressive [than most counter-attackers], but still Sampras held the key because he was serving, pushing the limits, taking the risks. Which Murray doesn't do so much – though that doesn't take anything away from Murray. That's just his game style.

"Everybody has his own game and you can't change the way you play. It's just something you're born with. He comes to the net more, for instance, than other players. I think if you look closely, every player needs to have something aggressive in his game to play well. If you want to be a top player you need to have offensive skills."

Is he surprised that, at 22, Murray has not yet won his first Grand Slam title? "How old was I?" says Federer. He was 21. "I'm not that surprised. How many serious chances has he had to win a Slam now? Maybe six, when he's been a real contender? Before that it would have been a bit of a surprise.

"It's not that easy. I was favourite to win the French Open in 2003 and I lost in the first round in straight sets. He's done better than I did! Of course I never expected to be as dominant or as good after that, but sometimes you just have to wait and see. But at the same time he's come close a couple of times. He made the final against me [at the 2008 US Open] and the semi-finals at Wimbledon, and was able to handle the pressure there. I think he's not far off."
 
#14
Here's what Roger said about Murray in its ENTIRETY - should help put these handpicked comments in perspective.
Yes that's why the link is there, so people have the option to read the whole interview if they so wish to.

I posted a quote from that interview which I found interesting, I didn't try to force my views on anyone, nor say anything bad against either player.

What are you trying to prove with your post?
 
#16
He says about Murray

"I know what I can do and I know what he can do. When we both play well it's a close match, but I always feel it's the attacker who holds the key to success, so it's up to me whether I win or lose, not up to him. That's why I don't mind the match-up, to be honest."

:)
at least he's got the 15 grand slams to back that up :)
 
#17
But of course, poor poor Roger and poor poor Mirka do not have enough money to hire a nanny. And this poor poor family lives in a studio apartment, everybody in one and the same room, so they really have to have sleepless nights. I've heard something about Swiss miserliness and greed, but I didn't know it went as far as that.
 
#18
But of course, poor poor Roger and poor poor Mirka do not have enough money to hire a nanny. And this poor poor family lives in a studio apartment, everybody in one and the same room, so they really have to have sleepless nights. I've heard something about Swiss miserliness and greed, but I didn't know it went as far as that.
They have a nanny actually :wink:
 
#19
But of course, poor poor Roger and poor poor Mirka do not have enough money to hire a nanny. And this poor poor family lives in a studio apartment, everybody in one and the same room, so they really have to have sleepless nights. I've heard something about Swiss miserliness and greed, but I didn't know it went as far as that.
You should look into some of the shady dealings of the swiss banking system in the past 60 years for some prime examples of greed
 
#20
You should look into some of the shady dealings of the swiss banking system in the past 60 years for some prime examples of greed
In case you haven't noticed yet, almost all humans are greedy.

Just look what happened on the financial markets in the last 2 years, they made hundreds of billions disappear, and are already earning new records wages.
Wall-street is not about welfare, neither are London, Singapur, Shanghai and the other financial markets.
 
#22
In case you haven't noticed yet, almost all humans are greedy.

Just look what happened on the financial markets in the last 2 years, they made hundreds of billions disappear, and are already earning new records wages.
Wall-street is not about welfare, neither are London, Singapur, Shanghai and the other financial markets.
The swiss banks, in contrast to most current financial institutions, profited from the holocaust
 
#23
The swiss banks, in contrast to most current financial institutions, profited from the holocaust
I know, that isn't exactly news.

America lead wars to stabilize its economy, more than once. Many tousands were killed as a result.

In China thousands are getting poisoned/killed because they want to maximaze profit of the economy, so what's your point?
 
#24
I know, that isn't exactly news.

America lead wars to stabilize its economy, more than once. Many tousands were killed as a result.

In China thousands are getting poisoned/killed because they want to maximaze profit of the economy, so what's your point?
I already made my point. Whats yours?
 
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