1. Blake (USA): Expansive, gregarious, thoughtful, insightful, revealing. One of the quality people in sports.
Blake is humble and classy and I'm sure that for journalists interview him he's a dream, but he chooses his words too carefully and is not as funny/clever as others.
2. Ivan Ljubicic (Croatia): He's never forgotten his humble roots. One word summary: Integrity.
I don't know why Bricker has a hard-on for Ivan but so far as I know he's the only one. Other journalists have said they don't care for him much as an interviewee. And as for integrity, give me a break. People will integrity don't whine to the press and make excuses whenever they lose a tough match. What is Charlie smoking over there?
3. Andy Roddick (USA): Funny, spontaneous and passionate about his game. He respects reporters who respect him and he doesn't mind, at least to some reasonable degree, people poking into his private life. But ask him a dumb question and he'll rightly embarrass you. He makes you do your job.
Should be ranked #1 or at least #2, imo. Andy is all of these and he also don't whine like a baby whenever he loses and he always gives credit to his opponents, whether he likes them or not. Can't say the same for Ivan, Charlie.
As for the bolded part, hee! "Would you read a book in the dark?"
I love that Andy won't suffer fools lightly.
4. Rafael Nadal (Spain): He is great interview, no? OK, we're getting a little tired of hearing him finish every sentence with "no," no? But cut him some slack. He's learning English a lot more quickly than any of us learned Spanish. No?
Agreed. I couldn't believe how quickly he picked up English. Very impressive. But like Blake, he's perhaps *too* media-savvy; he's guarded in his responses and doesn't want to stir up trouble. Sometimes, throwing a a more honest bone out there can be good for your image too.
5. Roger Federer (Switzerland): He's talkative and likes getting into match strategy, and that's a good thing for those of us who are more interested in the game than in his favorite flower or how his cow is doing. But there's a touch of arrogance creeping into his patois, and he ought do something about that.
He also has a great sense of humor but the dumb reporters never ask the right questions to unleash it. I'm also getting tired of his stock, programmed answers that we have all memorized by now. But as the top player in the world who is being scritunized the most, he probably doesn't feel that he can just relax and let fly.
6. Mario Ancic (Croatia)
Has never impressed me in the interview dept. Am surprised he's ranked over Robredo.
10. Nikolay Davydenko (Russia): Deadly. Completely deadly.
The Nikolay comment cracked me up. I can just imagine reporters fighting with each other not
to interview this guy.