Re: Fed: Doubles didn't help me at Olympics
Q. Stan said yesterday if you played more doubles you could be the best doubles player in the world. Do you think playing at the Olympics improved your singles game at all?
ROGER FEDERER: I don't think so. But repeat yourself again. I just want to make sure I heard that.
Q. Has it improved your volley or your play at net? You played doubles four weeks ago at the Olympics...
ROGER FEDERER: If that helped me?
Q. Has that positively impacted your singles play?
ROGER FEDERER: Oh, no, no. I played two matches.
Q. But you practiced.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, we practiced. I think we had two practice sessions for it. We're very professional (laughter). No, I used to play a ton of doubles when I was younger. That helped me. I don't know how many doubles tournaments I played in my life, but I played a lot, particularly my first, let's say, five years on tour. Now obviously there's just too much happening for me to play too many doubles. But I do believe, for instance, when I played more doubles in '08 Olympics, where I went and played maybe five matches, we did play some more doubles tournaments before that, I really feel that that benefited me coming into the US Open that year. I was very good at net. So I do believe that you can take away a lot from doubles because you have less time on the return and at net, as well. But this time around, no, it didn't help me unfortunately.