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Federer states: "I'll never be the GOAT..."

An excerpt from his press-conference:

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/...230197906.html

Q. But there was somebody called Rod Laver who couldn't play twenty Slams in five years, and Rosewall didn't play 11 years, so 44 Slams. So, you see, press sometimes emphasizes something. What's your reaction thinking about Laver and Rosewall and your record and Sampras?

ROGER FEDERER: I'm very well aware of the problems the old generation of Laver and Rosewall and all those players faced. That's why I always said I'm one of the players who's most thankful to them of what they've done for us. Look where prize money is today and the great sites we have.

Now there's even more money being pumped into the Australian Open. That's all thanks to them for not playing a lot of money and missing out on twenty Grand Slams. Back then, nobody knew what tennis was going to become, so it was also easier to say no to those kind of things.

Probably never quite know who was the greatest of all‑time in tennis, and I think that's quite intriguing as well. Of course, if somebody goes off and wins 35 Grand Slams then you made your point as a player.

But, still, I think it's fantastic that they named the center court after Rod Laver who did so much for tennis. Yeah, I mean, 14 is more ‑‑ the new generation, the Open era, I could maybe become the greatest of all‑time of that era, but never of all‑time.

I'm very well aware of that. I think it's an incredible opportunity to do well.


What an arrogant asshole...right.

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ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, 14 is more ‑‑ the new generation, the Open era, I could maybe become the greatest of all‑time of that era, but never of all‑time.

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It's painful to read his interviews. Even when he praises others he makes sure the real message and the real praise is about himself.

Somebody please stop him from getting 14. There'll be nowehere to run from such interviews
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It's painful to read his interviews. Even when he praises others he makes sure the real message and the real praise is about himself.

Somebody please stop him from getting 14. There'll be nowehere to run from such interviews
So if he wins the 14th slam, will you allow him to state the fact?
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It's painful to read his interviews. Even when he praises others he makes sure the real message and the real praise is about himself.

Somebody please stop him from getting 14. There'll be nowehere to run from such interviews
What's your reaction thinking about Laver and Rosewall and your record and Sampras?

now go and take your pills!
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federer uses mono excuse for his loss last year


Q. Back in another Grand Slam final. It's a great start to the year for you, and so different, I suppose, than the feeling here last year.

ROGER FEDERER: Like I said on the court, I think I played well throughout the tournament last year as well, you know. Just kind of came up short against Novak. I thought he played a fantastic match against me. He was the aggressive one. He was serving his spots so well that night that he kind of made that difficult.

Even maybe if I would have been in perfect shape, you know, I think he deserved to win last year. I struggled maybe a bit. Maybe the draw was a bit better for me this year playing Andy in the semis who I have such a great record against.

I do feel better mentally. I'm obviously more healthy so I can focus on playing well. I'm really pleased about my performance so far in the tournament. The draw was difficult and dangerous if you look back on who I had to play.
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Even maybe if I would have been in perfect shape, you know, I think he deserved to win last year.

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An excerpt from his press-conference:

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/...230197906.html

Q. But there was somebody called Rod Laver who couldn't play twenty Slams in five years, and Rosewall didn't play 11 years, so 44 Slams. So, you see, press sometimes emphasizes something. What's your reaction thinking about Laver and Rosewall and your record and Sampras?

ROGER FEDERER: I'm very well aware of the problems the old generation of Laver and Rosewall and all those players faced. That's why I always said I'm one of the players who's most thankful to them of what they've done for us. Look where prize money is today and the great sites we have.

Now there's even more money being pumped into the Australian Open. That's all thanks to them for not playing a lot of money and missing out on twenty Grand Slams. Back then, nobody knew what tennis was going to become, so it was also easier to say no to those kind of things.

Probably never quite know who was the greatest of all‑time in tennis, and I think that's quite intriguing as well. Of course, if somebody goes off and wins 35 Grand Slams then you made your point as a player.

But, still, I think it's fantastic that they named the center court after Rod Laver who did so much for tennis. Yeah, I mean, 14 is more ‑‑ the new generation, the Open era, I could maybe become the greatest of all‑time of that era, but never of all‑time.

I'm very well aware of that. I think it's an incredible opportunity to do well.


What an arrogant asshole...right.
Nike told him to adopt a more humble personality to make him look less like a twat.
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So if he wins the 14th slam, will you allow him to state the fact?
If he gets 14, congratulations to him and his tennis. But I'll never feel enough respect for him for the kind of comments he's made in his interviews over the years because he does try to hurt other players with some disguised honesty
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federer uses mono excuse for his loss last year


Q. Back in another Grand Slam final. It's a great start to the year for you, and so different, I suppose, than the feeling here last year.

ROGER FEDERER: Like I said on the court, I think I played well throughout the tournament last year as well, you know. Just kind of came up short against Novak. I thought he played a fantastic match against me. He was the aggressive one. He was serving his spots so well that night that he kind of made that difficult.

Even maybe if I would have been in perfect shape, you know, I think he deserved to win last year. I struggled maybe a bit. Maybe the draw was a bit better for me this year playing Andy in the semis who I have such a great record against.

I do feel better mentally. I'm obviously more healthy so I can focus on playing well. I'm really pleased about my performance so far in the tournament. The draw was difficult and dangerous if you look back on who I had to play.
I'm pretty sure the usual suspects will find fault and arrogance in that statement, too.

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If he gets 14, congratulations to him and his tennis. But I'll never feel enough respect for him for the kind of comments he's made in his interviews over the years because he does try to hurt other players with some disguised honesty
Hurt with disguised honesty.

That's just rich!

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Hurt with disguised honesty.

That's just rich!
I'm being very unpopular here. Did you see how big the word 'your' is in a post above? I guess the poster is trying to tell me that I don't have 14 grand slams. And it hurts of course.

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While sometimes Federer's words do sound a bit odd (in the manner that some have already commented about), Nadal, Djoker and Murray are hardly innocent of it. Some of Murray's comments have irked me to no end.

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It's painful to read his interviews. Even when he praises others he makes sure the real message and the real praise is about himself.

Somebody please stop him from getting 14. There'll be nowehere to run from such interviews
I have never wanted Nadal to win more. At the start of the year I really wanted Fed back in control but this is what we get when he is. I have always liked Fed in the past (not hugely but thought he was a decent guy and a great ambassador for tennis) but atm, his interviews are scary, the ego is getting out of control imo. He seems to be only ever complimentary to players who are no threat to him (like Gasquet) and anyone who is half decent and can challenge him he pays them back handed compliments which when you look a bit closer are actually quite insulting. I know all Rog-god lovers will say well, he can afford to have an ego but what's wrong with a little humility?
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While sometimes Federer's words do sound a bit odd (in the manner that some have already commented about), Nadal, Djoker and Murray are hardly innocent of it. Some of Murray's comments have irked me to no end.
Why you drag other players' names into this thread? What do they have to do with Rogi's interviews and statements? The topic is about Rog not Murray, Novak or Nadal

Keep up the good work, Rogi Be yourself don't change

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