Roger Federer's exclusive interview for Serbian daily "Večernje novosti". The source is here
Federer: You all watched the finals. I was on a brink of a defeat, but I was saved by my experience and his errors. I knew what I had to do in particular moments in order to win. But if it went the other way, it wouldn't be unjust, because Novak played excellent tennis. His problem were the ups and downs, but I suffered from those as well in my early career.
What do you think about Djokovic's appearance in world tennis?
He's a great guy. Young, gifted and ambitious. A real refreshment in our "circus". Funny, charming, knows how to cheer everybody up during long boring tournaments.
You mean, the impersonations?
I've heard he's impersonated me, but I haven't seen that yet. Whatever he's done, I'm not mad, I find it interesting.
There were various reports on your relationship with Djokovic, various interpretations of your comments on our No. 1 racquet...
I wish all the best to Novak! I never underestimated him, I hope he won't underestimate me either. My only message is what I've told him in Geneva: he must practice as hard and as serious as he can. Constant form will bring him the spot he deserves. I never speak against anyone, just as I'm not interested what others say about me. I care for success and I do everything I can to be valued by colleagues, press and public.
Who do you consider your greatest rival?
The list says it all. Nadal is the second, Djokovic the third. Both are young, but Rafa is currently my greatest rival. But, i still go into every match with desire to win, with the same motivation, be it against the 2nd or the 100th player in the world. I'm also very well aware that surprises are always possible in sports.
Let's be clear, my primary goal is not to win 14 Grand Slams and surpass Sampras. My goal are the Olympics and the gold medal for Switzerland! I'm not even interested in money anymore, I have it more than enough for myself and my family.
I don't have an entourage. I don't need it. Mum and dad, except when there's some important golf tournament, are always on the stands, and also my best friend and the buddies from the hood. And of course Mirka, who's everything to me - manager, media representative, stylist. That's how it is, I'm not joking! You're laughing, but it's true...