I can't believe you really think that
if Fed had that mind attitude, he would lose far more matches, I can tell you.
He said it one day "when I was young, I was underrating the others and I lost matches because of that, I've stopped doing it for long"
And we have plenty of comments of players who were hardly in the top-100 and had been congratulated by Federer for winning a challenger previous week or something like that.
The only thing he said was opinions about defensive versus offensive tennis about Nadal and all but it was many years ago now. Fed has actually won many matches by "not playing tennis", defending and all.
Do you have examples of words which inspire you that impression ? I would like to understand where it comes from because you're not usually the uneducated/speaking only from guts kind of posters.
I am not bothered by the straight-forward and less diplomatic language Gulbis used in this instance, which seems to be the main aspect with the people that got tightened up by this message from him. The bare bones of what he said is basically him saying that he's much better than a lot of other better ranked guys, which is actually true.
Federer on the other hand has had numerous occasions where he said similar things. A couple that come to mind are when at an AO presser he said that for many of the opponents in the first rounds of slams it's an absolute honor and privilege to play him on center court in front of so many people. Occasions that they wouldn't have otherwise.
The prize money thing as well. The raw and first reply was that a lot of guys are just not good enough to make big money from tennis. That changed once the PR
guys fed him the right discourse on that matter.
They're both the same thing, except that the sheep out there are more impressed by the Gulbis episode due to a few things.
Personally, I don't mind these type of things but I am a little bedazzled by the double standards and the weak abstract thinking skills of tennis fans regarding these types of situations. That's probably my fault anyway.