Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Tres confused!!
That's a very narrow-minded opinion. Were all the Federer bandwagoners on here following him during the summer of 2002, when he was losing first round at every big event and looking nothing like the dominating no. 1 player he is now? Honestly, my expectations for him back then were nothing like what he eventually produced, and after a couple of years of chokes and underperforming at major events this is the reward. I still remember his loss here to Costa two years ago, a typical example of the kind of opportunity Federer used to blow back then. And I was reminded of the Rome final from 2003 when he was down two sets to love today. The match that took place today, and the comeback from Federer, showed precisely why a) it's stupid to anoint someone the winner before the match is played and b) that there is value in supporting Federer, because there are new challenges and there is new ground to be conquered.
Who won the first Slam of the year again? And who is the favourite going into RG? In neither case is it Federer. I think this victory today was a useful stepping stone towards improvement on clay, but it would be ridiculous to suggest that he's going to continue this dominance during the clay season. The victories will have to be earned, and Federer has now had at least half a dozen matches outside the Safin loss in Australia that he has earned the hard way.
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.