Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Federer vs. Argentina
The Squirrel was the last lefty to beat Federer before Nadal, I believe, in Sydney at the start of 2003 when Federer was defending champion. I think he had an injury worry at the time which put him in doubt for the AO the following week, but ultimately he was able to play. Lucas Arnold, of course, was Federer's very first ATP opponent as a wildcard in Gstaad in 1998.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.