Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: unfair on safin
Hewitt hasn't lost before the quarters of any tournament since Toronto last year, that's why he is no. 2 in the world. Safin, admittedly, hasn't lost before the quarters since the US Open (or did he lose second round in Moscow to Stepanek? OK, since TMS Madrid at least), but he nevertheless has two first round exits in Slams over the past year whereas Hewitt has reached at least the last eight in every Slam since RG, plus the TMC final. Expect Safin to be gaining considerable ground on both Hewitt and Roddick in the rankings during the summer hardcourt season, until it's crunch time when he has those indoor points to defend.
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.