Roger's press conference after losing to Davy.Some really good answers.

mandy01

G.O.A.T.
Q. Last year in Shanghai you couldn't get to the semis. In any case, the match was played so quickly, can you explain what happened there? You usually never lose with Nikolay.
ROGER Federer: Yeah, not so far. So, sure, it's disappointing. But not to lose against him; just to lose the semis. Coming so far in a tough group, in a tough tournament, I had hopes to get through to the final and maybe win again.

But I missed the start again, and I guess that's what cost me the match at the end.

Q. You started very fast. I think you won the first seven points. What happened then? Was it concentration?

ROGER Federer: No, I think I picked sometimes wrong choice of shots, you know, right from the start, that let him sort of recover, not be a break down.

After that, I didn't serve very well in the first set at all. So that gave him obviously opportunities to start to find his range from the baseline. So that was pretty much the story in the first set.

Second set, it was more a story of just trying to hang on, you know, get through to the third. As the match wore on, I actually started to feel better and better. I was starting to feel better, which made my life easier throughout the match. In the end, you know, indoors, you never know what can happen. It could swing either way. I was a couple of points away, but just couldn't get it done.

He did well. I thought he played strong throughout, even though I don't think it was our best match we ever played against each other. That wasn't the greatest for quite some time.

Q. Everybody expected Davydenko would be tired after yesterday's match. How would you estimate his game today? Was it just luck for him? He managed to beat you for the first time in his career.

ROGER Federer: Well, I didn't think it was a particularly physical match. So that's why I don't think it had anything to do with fitness. We're professional tennis players. We're used to playing many matches in the same week. These are not best-of-five-set matches. Doesn't usually come down to a lot of fitness. It's just a long season. That means that you're more maybe mentally fatigued for some.

But he missed quite a few months of the season early on, before. Really the season was sort of already into Miami and stuff before he started really playing. So I think he also has got some reserves left.

I had the same left, although I had also tough matches in my group. So for this reason I don't think it was played on fitness, you know. I think we were both fresh. Niggling injuries we all have when we're playing. It's just how you handle them. I thought today he handled them well.

At times he did look a little bit sort of wrong-footed. Maybe he had some issues, but he's definitely not going to tell them to you before the final, so don't even bother asking him (smiling).

Q. Nikolay has finished top five in the world for the past four years. Do you think he gets the respect he deserves?

ROGER Federer: Well, I don't know if you guys have. I have. I think it's most important that he has respect from his fellow players. I think he didn't have the easiest of last few years, you know, where people suspected him of doing bad things in the sport, you know. He had a cloud over his name for quite some time, which was not very fair at the end now. I think he handled it very well towards the end.

To be able to continue playing this well by being asked always the same stupid questions must not have been very easy for him. So I respect him not only for that, but obviously for the player he is. Proved it was worth hanging in there. He finally beat me today. I wish him all the best for the final.

Q. You talked about fatigue. Could it have been the other way: you haven't played a whole heap of tennis since the US Open? Could that have been a factor today?

ROGER Federer: How do you mean? How should I be tired?

Q. I don't mean tired.

ROGER Federer: You said 'fatigued.'

Q. Not fatigued, going the other way.

ROGER Federer: Not enough matches?

Q. Exactly.

ROGER Federer: I had three here before. Three three-setters. No. I don't know how to answer it. It's just the wrong question. Sorry.

Q. The Davis Cup final? Do you think the Czech Republic has a better chance after Rafael Nadal and Verdasco looks like they're out of form?

ROGER Federer: Out of form? Hmm. We'll see in a couple of weeks, huh? For some reason, I just still favor the Spaniards, even if they don't have Verdasco and Nadal, because they've got quite a few players out there in their arsenal.

Good luck anyway.

Q. We spoke yesterday already about your first sets here that were difficult. Another one today. Does it worry you at all or...
ROGER Federer: I tried everything to have a good start. I wasn't able to do it again, so, sure, it's disappointing. I guess the important thing is your serve works, you know. Maybe I just couldn't get my serve working, you know, in the first set this week. On top of that, you know, played top guys. It's just not easy.

But I think that definitely cost me maybe two out of the four matches, you know. You can't turn around every single match against top guys because then you don't have enough cushion anymore at the end. It's a game of luck at the end. Not that this one was one. But things swing so quickly, you know, at this pace we play at. That's why I think this is where I made my mistakes, just to hand him over the first set. It was a pity.

But looking at the bright side, I still had a great season. Looking how deep the game is right now. To finish on top for me is phenomenal. I don't know, I try not to look at too much what I did wrong this week or what I did wrong today. This is my last press conference of the year, so I'm happy (smiling).

I had a good season, and I don't have to answer any questions anymore.

Q. Have you spoken to Tiger Woods since his accident? How worried were you when you heard the news?
ROGER Federer: I haven't spoken to him. And I heard it's not too serious, which is a good thing.

Q. What do you say about Robin's performance here, his progress during the last six months?
ROGER Federer: Well, he's been very good, you know. I thought he played a great round robin. He's still in the tournament. He's got everything to play for. Sure, there's no easy matches now in the semis. Against Del Potro, I thought he was playing really well. But still I give him an outside chance. You never know.

He's definitely made his move now. I think next year is his year where he needs to prove himself even more, again and again. That's how tennis works. I think he's done exceptionally well. I think he can be proud of himself.

Q. Since it's the last press conference the year...

ROGER Federer: And the last question, so this better be good (smiling).

Q. I'll try my best.

ROGER Federer: You're known for good questions, so I'm really excited (smiling).

Q. So what is the best moment of the year? Roland Garros? Was it the memory you will always remember of this year, 2009? What is the worst memory of the year, if there is any?
ROGER Federer: Well, the best one from a tennis standpoint was definitely, you know, winning I think sort of that combination of Paris and Wimbledon back to back, coming from so far back in so many matches in Paris. I think those are incredible moments in my career.

Worst moment, I don't know. I mean, didn't really have many. I always play at a very high level usually at the end of tournaments. When you go out, if it's five sets or three sets or straight sets, I know I put in the best effort I could. And then you don't walk away too disappointed.

I finished No. 1 in the world. So I don't have many regrets.

THE MODERATOR: Thank you.

ROGER Federer: Pleasure. Anytime. Find me somewhere.
 

MajinX

Professional
pretty good interview... i hate how the interviewer tried to ask fed to explain why someone lost a match... were you tired? no? then did u not have enough matches? and fed answered well. pro tennis players are used to playing 5 set matches for 2 weeks. a week long tourney for 3 sets shouldnt be a problem or u shouldnt be in pro sports.
 

MuseFan

Banned
I can't believe some a-hole asked him about the Tiger Woods incident. I mean WTF - why would Roger want to comment on some random news story?
 

OddJack

G.O.A.T.
Nikolay has finished top five in the world for the past four years. Do you think he gets the respect he deserves?

ROGER Federer: Well, I don't know if you guys have. I have. I think it's most important that he has respect from his fellow players

Best answer is this one. You the press, pay the least amount of attention to the guy, then ask me about respect? He doesnt make zip from sponsors because of you who cant find anything exciting or interesting about him, not us.
 

Ledigs

Legend
Sometimes I think roger has trouble listening. And some of his answers don't make sense in this interview. Was this done in English originally?
 

bjk

Hall of Fame
"Find me somewhere"

What does that mean? Is this the Swiss version of "see you around"?
 

malakas

Banned
Nikolay has finished top five in the world for the past four years. Do you think he gets the respect he deserves?

ROGER Federer: Well, I don't know if you guys have. I have. I think it's most important that he has respect from his fellow players

Best answer is this one. You the press, pay the least amount of attention to the guy, then ask me about respect? He doesnt make zip from sponsors because of you who cant find anything exciting or interesting about him, not us.
Yes I liked that a lot!:D Giving Kolya all the credit and the respect the stupid press has denied him all those years with the ridiculous articles and false allegations.
 

MuseFan

Banned
Yes I liked that a lot!:D Giving Kolya all the credit and the respect the stupid press has denied him all those years with the ridiculous articles and false allegations.
At the same time Roger just HAD to point out the fixing allegations. Typical back-handed compliment from Rog. :(
 

skip1969

G.O.A.T.
At the same time Roger just HAD to point out the fixing allegations. Typical back-handed compliment from Rog. :(
do have trouble reading? what part of this didn't you understand?

ROGER Federer: Well, I don't know if you guys have. I have. I think it's most important that he has respect from his fellow players. I think he didn't have the easiest of last few years, you know, where people suspected him of doing bad things in the sport, you know. He had a cloud over his name for quite some time, which was not very fair at the end now. I think he handled it very well towards the end.

To be able to continue playing this well by being asked always the same stupid questions must not have been very easy for him. So I respect him not only for that, but obviously for the player he is. Proved it was worth hanging in there. He finally beat me today. I wish him all the best for the final.

if anything, he gives credit to davy for handling his situation and disses those who accused/suspected him of wrong-doing, including the press. and he mentions how much davy is respected in the lockerroom, which is all that matters, again even if the press doesn't give him his due.
 
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nikdom

Guest
I thought it was a high quality match from Kolya's end. Why did Roger have to say it wasn't the greatest even when praising Kolya for his effort? Why could he not stop after that? Some ego maybe.

Don't get me wrong guys. I love Roger. But he's human and I find it glaring the difference in grace when he's in the winner's circle and when he's the loser.

Even the Murray criticism is uncalled for. Whatever their personal differences, I never hear Murray say anything about Roger, however honest an assessment. Murray can say, "Who knows which Roger shows up - he's not very consistent nowadays." Or "his forehand is not the biggest weapon in the game today, you see it break down often and anyone that can press him on that wing will be able to exploit it".
 

mandy01

G.O.A.T.
I thought it was a high quality match from Kolya's end. Why did Roger have to say it wasn't the greatest even when praising Kolya for his effort? Why could he not stop after that? Some ego maybe.

Don't get me wrong guys. I love Roger. But he's human and I find it glaring the difference in grace when he's in the winner's circle and when he's the loser.

Even the Murray criticism is uncalled for. Whatever their personal differences, I never hear Murray say anything about Roger, however honest an assessment. Murray can say, "Who knows which Roger shows up - he's not very consistent nowadays." Or "his forehand is not the biggest weapon in the game today, you see it break down often and anyone that can press him on that wing will be able to exploit it".
No,you're just trying to tell the world how 'objective' you are when in reality you are just nitpicking.
He said they have both played better matches together-Nothing wrong with that.
And what Murray criticism are you talking about?
 
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nikdom

Guest
No,you're just trying to tell the world how 'objective' you are when in reality you are just nitpicking.
He said they have both played better matches together-Nothing wrong with that.
And what Murray criticism are you talking about?
I'm not nitpicking. I have no vested interest in showing Roger in a bad light. He's the player I root for.

Firstly, if you watched the handshake at the net after the Davy match, you'll see how Roger behaved. Second, if Roger is indeed praising his opponent, why even leave in a sentence or two for people to nitpick. Why not just say, "hey you know what, he just played great and he deserves to win. What I could've done or should've done is not important". I never hear a clean, all credit-to-the-winner answer from him when he loses. Maybe that's the cost of being a champion who rarely loses - he may find it very hard to take those losses.

About Murray, do a google search. Right before the tournament, basically Roger said that whenever the two of them play, the match is on his racket because he's the aggressive player and that Murray is defensive. And no matter what he does, Murray cannot change his game at this stage in life. Not a very charitable assessment of Murray's game, unprompted as far as we know, by Murray.
 

mandy01

G.O.A.T.
I'm not nitpicking. I have no vested interest in showing Roger in a bad light. He's the player I root for.

Firstly, if you watched the handshake at the net after the Davy match, you'll see how Roger behaved. Second, if Roger is indeed praising his opponent, why even leave in a sentence or two for people to nitpick. Why not just say, "hey you know what, he just played great and he deserves to win. What I could've done or should've done is not important". I never hear a clean, all credit-to-the-winner answer from him when he loses. Maybe that's the cost of being a champion who rarely loses - he may find it very hard to take those losses.

About Murray, do a google search. Right before the tournament, basically Roger said that whenever the two of them play, the match is on his racket because he's the aggressive player and that Murray is defensive. And no matter what he does, Murray cannot change his game at this stage in life. Not a very charitable assessment of Murray's game, unprompted as far as we know, by Murray.
The first part-I saw the end again AND I saw the match pics..Roger was smiling at Davy when he shook his hand.He may not have listened to him because he probably tuned himself out.

Now as to press conference answers-All top players give similar answers.Roger is no different in that regard-Thats why is at the top.

As for Murray-You like it or not what he said was absolutely the truth.
Just because you like political correctness dosent mean he's wrong.
Oh and Murray has had go at Federer quite a few times,by the way..
Yes,you are nitpicking.
 
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nikdom

Guest
The first part-I saw the end again AND I saw the match pics..Roger was smiling at Davy when he shook his hand.He may not have listened to him because he probably tuned himself out.
The fact that you're having to make up an excuse is the illuminating fact. As a Roger fan, I wish he just had been a little more gracious and met Davy warmly. This is also like the time he did not shake the umps hand after he lost (I forget if it was Miami or Indy).

Now as to press conference answers-All top players give similar answers.Roger is no different in that regard-Thats why is at the top.
I don't even know what this means.


As for Murray-You like it or not what he said was absolutely the truth.
Just because you dont like political correctness dosent mean je's wrong.

Oh and Murray has had go at Federer quite a few times,by the way..
Then call Federer "right", not "gracious". Cannot be so candid talking about other's faults and expect to be called classy and gracious. Especially when he denies anything is wrong with him when he's obviously going through a rough patch (beginning of this year)

I'm not aware of anything Murray has said directly about Roger's game like Roger has about Murray's. I'd be interested in reading about this.
 

Ledigs

Legend
So which are the really good answers?? He didn't listen, answerred some incoherently and repeated what he usually says.
 

Ledigs

Legend
And he called Davy lucky ( even though he got slushed first set). As if the first set didn't count or he gave it away. Why not give Ravi credit for great first set?
 

LiveForever

Banned
Because he did play like crap in the first set. Federer gave Davydenko all the credit for winning the match. Federer said he got progressively better as the match went on and in the end it wasnt enough. Seriously a tennis player has to act like a daft moron for people to not pick his comments apart. What is Federer supposed to say? "I played to the top of my abilities, even though I wasnt getting my serve over and having trouble being consistent". ?

I like Tennis players who are honest about their performances on court. Giving fluffy and cheesy interviews is seriously lame. Nadal's interviews used to make me hurl. Fortunately, Nadal is finally speaking his mind more often.
 
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LiveForever

Banned
Federer said it was luck in the end no that it wasn't enough
Which it was. Federer was points away from wrapping it up. Tennis is a game of luck especially when two evenly matched players reach the end stages of the match. Federer is completely right and most top players would agree with this statement.


"In the end, you know, indoors, you never know what can happen. It could swing either way. I was a couple of points away, but just couldn't get it done."

I see nothing wrong with this statement. At least Federer wasnt like Murray, "Anyone could have beaten me today"
 
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Ledigs

Legend
So first set federer played badly (not Davy playing well) and 3rd set was luck ?? Doesn't sound like fed is giving credit
 

LiveForever

Banned
LOL. It hardly seems worth it to argue anymore. You are going to cling onto that opinion no matter what. This interview is not as bad as you guys are making out to be. Federer speaks his taughts and he gets called arrogant. Tennis has turned into a game for pansies. Jimmy Connors and Lendl would laugh their asses of at this. :lol:

Even if Federer didnt give Davydenko (which I think he did), who cares? Davydenko won the tournament and Federer is no. 1 and doesnt need to suck up to any one.
 

Rippy

Hall of Fame
So first set federer played badly (not Davy playing well) and 3rd set was luck ?? Doesn't sound like fed is giving credit
How isn't he giving credit? He said 3rd set could have gone either way... I mean, both are pretty decent tennis players lol, so by saying it was very close and not saying something like "I played awfully", it's not like he's taking away from Davydenko's achievement.
 

cucio

Legend
I like Tennis players who are honest about their performances on court. Giving fluffy and cheesy interviews is seriously lame. Nadal's interviews used to make me hurl. Fortunately, Nadal is finally speaking his mind more often.
What anyone with a modicum objectivity is pointing at is that Federer gives indeed fluffy and cheesy interviews when he wins, and leaves "honesty" (and "honest" beetching at the umpires) for the times he loses.

Anyone can be a gracious winner, even Serena, that says it all.

Mind, I don't complain too loud. I prefer honesty, and even trash talking, it makes it all so much fun and spicy. I agree about Nadal interviews, so predictable and lame I hardly bother to read them.

What I can't buy is blind fans calling Federer classy and gracious, because when things don't go his way he can get mighty catty. The classic "not always the best player wins" is not honest, because it was a flat out lie at that moment. It is petty and childish, pure unadulterated trash talk. Juicy. Fun. But not classy.

What nikdom said.
 

LiveForever

Banned
What anyone with a modicum objectivity is pointing at is that Federer gives indeed fluffy and cheesy interviews when he wins, and leaves "honesty" (and "honest" beetching at the umpires) for the times he loses.

Anyone can be a gracious winner, even Serena, that says it all.

Mind, I don't complain too loud. I prefer honesty, and even trash talking, it makes it all so much fun and spicy. I agree about Nadal interviews, so predictable and lame I hardly bother to read them.

What I can't buy is blind fans calling Federer classy and gracious, because when things don't go his way he can get mighty catty. The classic "not always the best player wins" is not honest, because it was a flat out lie at that moment. It is petty and childish, pure unadulterated trash talk. Juicy. Fun. But not classy.

What nikdom said.
I agree with what you said. I am not saying that Federer is the greatest most humble person ever. All I am saying is that this interview is not that bad and it really doesn't come across like bitter. He sounds pretty casual. As you mentioned, there are interviews Federer has done that were really bitter but this really isnt one IMO.
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
What anyone with a modicum objectivity is pointing at is that Federer gives indeed fluffy and cheesy interviews when he wins, and leaves "honesty" (and "honest" beetching at the umpires) for the times he loses.

Anyone can be a gracious winner, even Serena, that says it all.

Mind, I don't complain too loud. I prefer honesty, and even trash talking, it makes it all so much fun and spicy. I agree about Nadal interviews, so predictable and lame I hardly bother to read them.

What I can't buy is blind fans calling Federer classy and gracious, because when things don't go his way he can get mighty catty. The classic "not always the best player wins" is not honest, because it was a flat out lie at that moment. It is petty and childish, pure unadulterated trash talk. Juicy. Fun. But not classy.

What nikdom said.
Actually some Nadal's interviews this year were fun as well like when he said it was an "amazing disaster" and that his opponent didn't play great(after Delpo beat him in Miami)or that he made it easy for Soderling to play great(who reacted to that in his own press conference by stating he would never say that).Not to forget way back in 2006 when he called a fellow player(Berdych)stupid so I disagree about Nadal's interviews being lame all the time,he has his "fun" moments as well.
 

dh003i

Legend
I thought it was a high quality match from Kolya's end. Why did Roger have to say it wasn't the greatest even when praising Kolya for his effort? Why could he not stop after that? Some ego maybe.

Don't get me wrong guys. I love Roger. But he's human and I find it glaring the difference in grace when he's in the winner's circle and when he's the loser.

Even the Murray criticism is uncalled for. Whatever their personal differences, I never hear Murray say anything about Roger, however honest an assessment. Murray can say, "Who knows which Roger shows up - he's not very consistent nowadays." Or "his forehand is not the biggest weapon in the game today, you see it break down often and anyone that can press him on that wing will be able to exploit it".
You know Ali got into George Foreman's head big-time before their historic match, having local people putting the "hex" on Foreman. So what? Foreman was a superstitious idiot in that regard, and if that gave Ali an advantage, all the better.

If Federer can get into Murray's head by honest assessment, then Murray really is mentally weak.
 

dh003i

Legend
I'm not nitpicking. I have no vested interest in showing Roger in a bad light. He's the player I root for.

Firstly, if you watched the handshake at the net after the Davy match, you'll see how Roger behaved. Second, if Roger is indeed praising his opponent, why even leave in a sentence or two for people to nitpick. Why not just say, "hey you know what, he just played great and he deserves to win. What I could've done or should've done is not important". I never hear a clean, all credit-to-the-winner answer from him when he loses. Maybe that's the cost of being a champion who rarely loses - he may find it very hard to take those losses.
This is the typical line from Nadal fans (although you apparently aren't one) for what they want Federer to do, just say he got beat and that it didn't matter what he would've done, he would've lost anyways.

Well, Federer is the best player in he world, maybe of all time. So I'm sure that he rightly thinks that whenever he loses, it was because he didn't do something right on his end, and naturally he's going to have an analysis of that. There's nothing wrong with this.

Regarding Federer's commenary on Murray, he was right and simply being frank. Maybe he wanted to get a little bit into Murray's head too. So what? Many great athletes do that. If it worked, then Murray is a mental midget.
 

dh003i

Legend
The fact that you're having to make up an excuse is the illuminating fact. As a Roger fan, I wish he just had been a little more gracious and met Davy warmly. This is also like the time he did not shake the umps hand after he lost (I forget if it was Miami or Indy).
Everyone who watched the match saw Fed smiling when he shook Davydenko's hand. I don't see how that isn't being warm.

Then call Federer "right", not "gracious". Cannot be so candid talking about other's faults and expect to be called classy and gracious. Especially when he denies anything is wrong with him when he's obviously going through a rough patch (beginning of this year)
See Federer's comments on Davydenko; they were clearly gracious and honest (both had played better matches, but Davy deserved to win). He also defended Davydenko with regards to the gambling thing, and praised him for handling unfounded criticism so well.

I'm not aware of anything Murray has said directly about Roger's game like Roger has about Murray's. I'd be interested in reading about this.
Maybe because Murray is in no place to criticize anyone's game (and Federer has beat him the last two times they played). Murray is a 0-time slam winner, and has multiple times underperformed at the slams (although I still don't think he has ever played well enough to win one).
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
You know Ali got into George Foreman's head big-time before their historic match, having local people putting the "hex" on Foreman. So what? Foreman was a superstitious idiot in that regard, and if that gave Ali an advantage, all the better.

If Federer can get into Murray's head by honest assessment, then Murray really is mentally weak.
But nobody considers Ali to have been gracious and/or classsy,if anything he was one of the biggest trashtalkers in sport ever so why use him as an example to prove a point?
 

dh003i

Legend
But nobody considers Ali to have been gracious and/or classsy,if anything he was one of the biggest trashtalkers in sport ever so why use him as an example to prove a point?
Yea, but many consider Michael Jordan to be a great sportsman and classy, and he trash-talked regularly (although usually on-court, IIRC). Maybe Federer was trying to get into Murray's head a little bit through the press. I don't see how that is bad. I mean, if Murray is so mentally weak, he deserves what he gets.
 

mandy01

G.O.A.T.
What I can't buy is blind fans calling Federer classy and gracious, because when things don't go his way he can get mighty catty. The classic "not always the best player wins" is not honest, because it was a flat out lie at that moment. It is petty and childish, pure unadulterated trash talk. Juicy. Fun. But not classy.

What nikdom said.
Um..this is actually honest.He said the pretty much same thing after WINNING Wimbledon 2007.He pretty much said he was lucky to win it.
Also,read what said instead of taking one line out of context.
He was talking about fifth sets in general.According to him they are more about momentum generally
 

mandy01

G.O.A.T.
The fact that you're having to make up an excuse is the illuminating fact. As a Roger fan, I wish he just had been a little more gracious and met Davy warmly. This is also like the time he did not shake the umps hand after he lost (I forget if it was Miami or Indy).

I'm not making up excuses.You on the other hand are making a big deal out of nothing.
I don't even know what this means.

I'm not surprised.



Then call Federer "right", not "gracious". Cannot be so candid talking about other's faults and expect to be called classy and gracious. Especially when he denies anything is wrong with him when he's obviously going through a rough patch (beginning of this year)

I'm not aware of anything Murray has said directly about Roger's game like Roger has about Murray's. I'd be interested in reading about this.
I dont even know what to say to this because its entirely your logic.
btw-Where did he DENY something was wrong with him?
As for Murray-Its upto to you then,to read his pressers.Its not like he gives Roger a whole lot of credit either .
But for that matter,top players generally dont.
As for what Roger said about Murray's game-If you read his whole answer you'd know he did not criticise Murray's game.But what he said is true in the course of match-A player who plays aggressively more often than not determines the outcome of a match which is why an aggressive player is generally favoured.For anyone who follows tennis his answer made a lot of sense and it applies well to their matches as well.Roger has time and again called Murray a very talented player-However he is prone to passive play which is why if a players comes up with solid aggressive play he will naturally hold the key to a match.
Answers in bolded parts.
 
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TheTruth

G.O.A.T.
Nikolay has finished top five in the world for the past four years. Do you think he gets the respect he deserves?

ROGER Federer: Well, I don't know if you guys have. I have. I think it's most important that he has respect from his fellow players

Best answer is this one. You the press, pay the least amount of attention to the guy, then ask me about respect? He doesnt make zip from sponsors because of you who cant find anything exciting or interesting about him, not us.
Fed actually said this? Wow!
 

cucio

Legend
Um..this is actually honest.He said the pretty much same thing after WINNING Wimbledon 2007.He pretty much said he was lucky to win it.
Also,read what said instead of taking one line out of context.
He was talking about fifth sets in general.According to him they are more about momentum generally
Yeah, nice general comment to make at that particular moment. And you talk about context. :rolleyes: Whatever, worship on.
 

fps

Legend
they're good answers, there's nothing wrong with them.

what's he got to do for some of you? roll davy over and tickle his tummy? these are grownups and they're also highly competitive professionals none of them are going to be delighted when they lose. nevertheless he found time to praise davy and speak of the respect the players all have for him. straight after losing, with his head on a million other things, he comes out with this. he's not going to bend over because he lost a match, he believes he's the best, all the top guys do.
 

mandy01

G.O.A.T.
Yeah, nice general comment to make at that particular moment. And you talk about context. :rolleyes: Whatever, worship on.
He was ASKED a question in that regard.He didnt make the comment on his own.But continue blindly taking things out of context and accusing others of worshipping :rolleyes:
 

MuseFan

Banned
they're good answers, there's nothing wrong with them.

what's he got to do for some of you? roll davy over and tickle his tummy? these are grownups and they're also highly competitive professionals none of them are going to be delighted when they lose. nevertheless he found time to praise davy and speak of the respect the players all have for him. straight after losing, with his head on a million other things, he comes out with this. he's not going to bend over because he lost a match, he believes he's the best, all the top guys do.
This. There is no way in hell Federer is ever going to bend over for anyone. We're talking about the GOAT!
 
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nikdom

Guest
Mandy, I think we can all agree to disagree respectfully here. Like I said, I don't have an axe to grind and as far as making a big deal out of something, its a subjective matter. This board exists solely because we tennis nuts endlessly debate the minutiae of a tennis player's technique or coaching situation or whatever. I don't think there's any harm in discussing what are essentially different viewpoints as long as things don't get off-topic and personal.

This one is really a matter of what color of glasses you choose to look at Roger through. There is no doubt that in general he's a classy guy, worthy competitor and through his on and off-court demeanor over the years, he's set the bar high as far as what we fans can expect from him. But that very gentlemanly behavior, respect for opponents across the net, working for charity and taking the role of No.1 seriously makes ANY slight aberration seem jarring. I'm not saying he's Jimmy Connors just cos he got testy in an interview, but the real standard for comparison is Roger himself when he's at his most gracious.

My simple point is this - sometimes a honest answer about someone else can come off as arrogance. Whether or not it is so we cannot tell. But I perceive some of his interviews answers as uncalled for when he can be a little bit more charitable about other players.
 

mandy01

G.O.A.T.
Mandy, I think we can all agree to disagree respectfully here. Like I said, I don't have an axe to grind and as far as making a big deal out of something, its a subjective matter. This board exists solely because we tennis nuts endlessly debate the minutiae of a tennis player's technique or coaching situation or whatever. I don't think there's any harm in discussing what are essentially different viewpoints as long as things don't get off-topic and personal.

This one is really a matter of what color of glasses you choose to look at Roger through. There is no doubt that in general he's a classy guy, worthy competitor and through his on and off-court demeanor over the years, he's set the bar high as far as what we fans can expect from him. But that very gentlemanly behavior, respect for opponents across the net, working for charity and taking the role of No.1 seriously makes ANY slight aberration seem jarring. I'm not saying he's Jimmy Connors just cos he got testy in an interview, but the real standard for comparison is Roger himself when he's at his most gracious.

My simple point is this - sometimes a honest answer about someone else can come off as arrogance. Whether or not it is so we cannot tell. But I perceive some of his interviews answers as uncalled for when he can be a little bit more charitable about other players.
I agree with here :wink:
Well put.
 
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