Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: When they are both at their absolute best...
It's a bit of a redundant question, because two players will never both play at their absolute best against each other during a match. If they did, we couldn't possibly have a result. The way one player plays affects the way that the other plays. Was Safin at his best at the TMC when having to cope with Federer's low, off-pace slices and superb defensive skills? Was Federer at his best at the AO when trying to deal with Safin's heavy serving and blistering groundies into the corners?
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.