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TIM CURRY: Questions, please.

Q. Can you summarize your match tonight.

ANDY RODDICK: Uhm, I can try.

I thought it was a pretty high level of tennis, especially those two middle sets. There wasn't much between us. I feel like I gave myself a chance. I had some breakpoint opportunities there in the third and played some decent points on them. I competed hard, you know. Disappointed, but I'm also proud of the two weeks that I had here.

Q. You said the other day that you felt that Roger, I mean, you described him as great, and you said, "Right now, I'm very good." Is that the difference tonight, greatness and being very good?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. Probably. I mean, I'm still trying to prove it, you know. There's no question if he's great, but, you know, that's for you to decide.

Q. Well, how about yourself, though? In terms of how far you've come this year, do you feel like, you know, today, although obviously not the result you wanted, is a stepping stone, though, in terms of getting to where you want to be?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, absolutely. I leave here excited about where I'm heading right now. You know, the last month, with the exception of the last set there, I was in there with him, you know. You know, when he gets out in front, he tends to do that, you know.

I felt like I had him a little bit off for, you know, for a little bit of that third set, and it could have gone either way. You know, so maybe I was flirting with it for a little bit.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about that amazing game at 2 3 when you were serving in the third set. You found a way to hold him off.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, that was that was a big game. At that point, we were pretty much fighting tooth and nail. You know, I just kept trying to fight and came up with some big serves when I needed to.

But, you know, I thought he played a pretty good game there to break me to win the set.

Q. Those first five games of the match, was there a feeling that just said, I just need to get on the board here or I'm gonna get overrun?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, absolutely. The thing is, my serving percentage was a little low those first five games, but as far as hitting the ball, I wasn't hitting the ball bad at all. Like I said, you definitely don't want to let him run it out. Once he gets ahead of you, it's tough.

So I thought those first two games I won in the first set and actually broke were, you know I think those were key. Otherwise, you know, you don't want to get embarrassed out there, that's for sure.

So it was nice to be able to claw back a little bit and take that second.

Q. Was it at all tough and I apologize if this has been asked to look up and see Tiger Woods in the other guy's player box?

ANDY RODDICK: Uhm, I don't know. I didn't really notice until they showed him, you know.

But, you know, he's a big boy. That's his decision.

Q. Comparing to the other matches you played in the two weeks, would you agree that Federer is still a step above? You played a lot of good players.

ANDY RODDICK: That's pretty that's kind of that's obvious, isn't it?

Q. It's really tough to beat him?

ANDY RODDICK: We know the answer to that, don't we?

Q. The other day, James Blake said, Forget about tennis, Roger Federer could be the best athlete in any sport. What are your thoughts of that?

ANDY RODDICK: He's definitely earned the right to be in that discussion without it being much of a stretch at all. He's a hell of a tennis player and a hell of an athlete.

Q. What memories will you take of your overall play from these two weeks?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, well, I mean, it was a good two weeks and a good last month for me with Cincinnati, and especially coming back from an injury that kept me out for three weeks or so.

I'm excited, you know. I can't wait to spend the off season working with Jimmy for an extended period of time, as well. I still feel like I have a lot to learn, and there's a lot of upsides still there.

You know, from another standpoint, I think this event was amazing, you know, as far as story lines. I think it really should belong to Billie Jean King and Andre Agassi and Martina.

Q. You and Blake were the only guys to win sets against Federer. You and Blake, maybe a few other guys, what do you have to do to step up your game, and what can you do personally to be perhaps more competitive against this guy?

ANDY RODDICK: Uhm, just more of what I did today, you know. Like I said, you convert those breakpoints there in the third set and it could end up being different, you know?

I gave myself a shot today, you know. That's what I could ask for. I wanted to make it tough. I played my heart out. I tried my best. You know, I'm excited. I feel like I have a lot of room for improvement still. I just got to keep working. That's it.

Q. Would you be comfortable sharing with us some of the first things that Jimmy said to you after the match?

ANDY RODDICK: No, I mean, he said, "Hell of a run," you know. He said he was proud of me. I don't know if it was anything completely out of the ordinary. He said I might have been a little brain dead in the third set in that one game (smiling).

But, overall, it was good. Like I said earlier, I asked him the other day, and he said he was looking for this kind of run starting in January, you know, when we first started working together. So we feel like we're ahead of pace right now as far as our goals together.

Q. I don't know if you were asked this, I don't think you were. At 5 5, I think you turned to Patrick McEnroe and said, "This is so much fun," or, "I can't handle this much fun." Can you talk about how much fun you were having at that moment?

ANDY RODDICK: It was. It was great. The atmosphere was great. I was really enjoying competing, you know. You want to be on that stage. At that point, it was a real battle. I was really enjoying myself out there. That was a lot more fun than a lot of the losses I've had this year.

Q. Two questions, Andy. You played 49 net points and won the majority of them. Did you make the decision today that if he was gonna beat you, he was gonna have to pass you? That seemed to be a change in strategy from past matches. Second part, is he a different player today than he was at Wimbledon a year ago? You haven't played him in a while.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, I think, you know, he's improving, as well, which is scary.

But I don't know if it was just today, I've been playing that way for the better part of a month now.

Q. Against him, though.

ANDY RODDICK: Well, no, I mean, as far as coming in. Strategy is strategy. It's not like I haven't been to the net at all in the past month and all of a sudden try to do it today. It's something I've been committed to doing recently.

Q. I wonder if you could talk about how much you appreciated being where you were today as compared to this tournament a year ago. Do you just appreciate being in that position more than you might have a couple years ago?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, yeah. I was real happy, you know. I woke up in a real good mood. I was really excited. Like we've covered already, I had a lot of fun out there. I really did enjoy myself and I really did enjoy the experience.

You know, I just want to keep doing it. You know, if I lose to him in eight Grand Slam finals, that's fine. You throw enough crap against the wall, something's gonna stick one of these times.

I really did have a blast out there.

Q. I have a follow up, actually, too, about Jimmy. It's almost a cliche that great athletes are not great teachers of athletes. I'm wondering how Jimmy has broken that mold a little bit with you.

ANDY RODDICK: Well, I don't know if his athleticism was the greatest, but his heart was the greatest and his mind was the greatest. So maybe that's where the difference lies. He is a very good teacher.

Q. Dick Enberg said on the court, Welcome back to the top, you were very quick to correct him and say, "Almost the top." How important is it for you to let people know it's not good enough to be almost at the top?

ANDY RODDICK: Trust me, I don't need to let people know. It's extremely apparent, if you read anything.

But, uhm, yeah, I don't know. It wasn't I was just correcting him. Obviously, Roger is at the top and he's the only person at the top regardless of how much people want to make rivalry comparisons and this, that and the other. He's the best player in the game. There's no question in my mind or if you ask any player's mind about that.

He's deserved that spot.

Q. In terms of your performance today against Roger, how would you say it rates against past performances? Do you think you're closing the gap a little bit?

ANDY RODDICK: Closing the gap from where I was earlier this year, you know, it was like the Grand Canyon (smiling). You know, it's definitely, definitely closer.

But this is probably close to the Wimbledon in '04, you know. I had shots to win that third set, as well. I was actually up a break in that one. This one, I just had a lot of breakpoints. So, uhm, you know, I don't know. I don't know. I guess I'm not that great at rating losses.

Q. Winning the Open championship, your run to the finals here, is that going to help you personally when you guys go to Russia in the Davis Cup competition?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't see how it can hurt. You know, going there as a confident player as opposed to going there as a not confident player, that should help.

Q. Plan to play the same schedule next year that you did this year, or are you going to maybe juggle things around? You pulled out of Vegas before Indian Wells.

ANDY RODDICK: You know, it's tough to say because, you know, who knows how I'm going to be feeling in March right now. You know, a lot of it is dependent upon, uhm, how I'm playing, how I'm feeling physically. A lot of times you don't know until, you know, four and five days before events how you're feeling physically.

I think it's tough to answer that right now.

Q. Will Jimmy have some input as to how much you play early on?


Q. Maybe plot a different strategy?

ANDY RODDICK: You'd have to ask him, but I'm definitely I definitely value his input. I'm sure he's going to have a hand in it, for sure.

Q. Will you go to California to work out with Jimmy after the off season? How much time will you spend there?

ANDY RODDICK: I'm not sure yet. You know, I don't know how much he's going to travel in the fall, you know, but I'm sure we're gonna spend a bulk of the off season together trying to improve.

Q. Speaking of looking ahead, do you have a tangible goal for the rest of this year, any particular objectives?

ANDY RODDICK: You know what, I haven't thought about it yet. I'm sure I can probably sit down and be a little more unbiased in a couple days' time.

TIM CURRY: Davis Cup.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, well, he said personal goals. Obviously, we'd love to win Davis Cup (smiling). But that's not really...

Q. Wasn't asking about that.

ANDY RODDICK: No, well, that's not really personal, that's part of a team, Tim (laughing).

I'm not sure yet.

Q. How much has it helped having your brother John with you?

ANDY RODDICK: It's been great, you know. When Dean and I decided to part, it was a little bit of an unfair position for him because I was struggling with confidence and he came in. I asked him basically to do me a favor by traveling with me and helping out. And then he got thrown under the bus a little bit, which I thought was unfair.

You know, so my success is his success, as well. He's the one there on a daily basis helping me and helping me put in the sweat and the hours. You know, he's there every day for me. I love him very much, so, uhm, you know, I'm glad we got to experience this after a rough year. And my trainer, Doug, too; he's been with us the whole time.

Q. Tough question. You had to boil it down to two or three aspects of Roger's game that makes him so tough, what would be the two or three elements that you'd focus on?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, I mean, I think his ability to play big points. I think he sees the court a little bit differently. I don't know if you can boil it down to two or three. I think his movement's underrated, and what he can do with his hands is unparalleled.

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Andy is amongst the most gracious, if not THE most gracious, player. Win or lose, he is fair, and gives credit where due. I just wish journalists would ask him questions about himself and leave the greatest player questions to the retired folks
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Andy is amongst the most gracious, if not THE most gracious, player. Win or lose, he is fair, and gives credit where due. I just wish journalists would ask him questions about himself and leave the greatest player questions to the retired folks
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The Federer interview is also online, leaving it here as it's in the same vein as the original post

ROGER FEDERER: Thanks for the patience (applause).
TIM CURRY: Questions, please.

Q. Playing golf with Tiger Woods?
ROGER FEDERER: Putting contest, yeah (smiling).

Q. Do you ever surprise yourself at how well you play this game?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I do. I thought, you know, today was gonna be extremely tough. I had to make sure that, you know, I get his serves back and everything.
So there's never a guarantee for, you know, the way you feel out there and everything in a moment like this, especially against an American here at The Open. It's so hard. So I'm really, really happy how it went.
You know, I thought I played again fantastic, all the way through. The entire tournament was great. Whereas in Australia I struggled and everything. It was more like Wimbledon when I dominated from the start there.

Q. You've now played Andy Roddick. Do you notice any differences since he's worked with Jimmy Connors?
ROGER FEDERER: I definitely think his serve picked up again. The last time I played him, he was playing well in Cincinnati and Wimbledon, as well. So I didn't play him in that stretch when he had kind of a phase where he didn't play so well.
I think the key to his game is always his serve. He seems more steady off the backhand side than in the past. He maybe plays the percentage a little bit better now. When he comes to the net, his approach shots and everything are a bit better and everything.
So I do feel a bit of an improvement since he's been with Jimmy maybe, yeah.

Q. You got nine Grand Slam titles now. You passed Agassi, Connors, Lendl. What does it mean to you?
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, am I the only guy who won nine? I don't know.

Q. Yes.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, it's nice (laughter). I don't want to stop here, I mean...
But I remember being in great company, you know, like when I reached six and then seven and eight, the same. There's always such great players on that level. Now I'm left alone at nine, you know.
So feels a bit strange, obviously, because I'm still going. It's been a fantastic season. Winning three Slams, it's unbelievable. Something I've done in '04, but I was in the finals of the French, so it's really incredible.

Q. You were asked yesterday about the accomplishment of winning three consecutive Wimbledons and US Opens. You said you really can't think of it in that context, because there was still work to be done, you had to stay in the moment, think about the match ahead.

Q. Can you now put it in that context and think about the totality of that accomplishment?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, you know, it's funny because I think I came here first time as a Wimbledon champion in '03 and people were telling me like, Yeah, it's hardly ever happened, a guy winning Wimbledon and the US Open back to back. Even in the women's game, it hasn't happened that often.
I was like, Really? You know. I don't care really, I'm gonna try to win the Open anyhow. Look what happened, I've been on a roll since '04.
Of course, you know, I am surprised how well it went. But at the same time, I know I've given myself the best possible chance. And every time I enter a Slam, I'm so well prepared, I'm playing so well, that in the end, maybe I'm not that surprised because the hard work is paying off, and the shot selection usually is always the right one. I come through the matches, I don't play so well, convincingly, it ends up that I arrive in the finals just feeling great, you know, so...

Q. Four years ago you hadn't won a Grand Slam title. In four years' time, you have nine. You're out on the court today during the ceremony and described as the greatest player to have ever played the game on the PA system. That's remarkable to have that mantle in four years' time.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, no, I totally agree. That's where you see how much I struggled, too, you know. Early on in my career, I couldn't win the Masters Series, couldn't win the Slams, was struggling to win other titles. Needed a change of attitude towards the game, you know, to kind of turn the corner. I did that so well that it paid off incredibly, you know.
I always knew that I was talented, I had potential and everything. But I think, you know, that's maybe sometimes there for like a Slam or so, but after that, it just is a different league, you know, winning so many.
I'm shocked myself how well it's been going the last three, four years, because being not only compared to former great tennis players, but now especially also other great athletes all over sports, it's just really nice.

Q. He made a big push at the end of the second set. At the end of the third, it seemed like you rose a little bit. You liked the moment, you liked being push. You wanted to see how well you responded. Then you break him nicely and soar. Just like you did against Andre.
ROGER FEDERER: It's very similar, yeah.

Q. Describe being in those moments when you're pushed, being able to bring it a level up.
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, I was definitely, you know, under pressure in the third set. I felt like Andy was starting to play better, serve better. I had to wait for the moment when he had a game where he wasn't quite on. Up until that moment, I had to make sure I held my serve. That's why that game at Love 40 was crucial. I knew that could kind of hurt him mentally a little bit maybe. Then also I knew that that gave me another chance, you know, a look at his serves. Then go ahead.
That's exactly what happened towards the end of the third. He had a terrible game. I took advantage of it. From then on, didn't look back. I started to feel better, play more freely, and in the end I played unbelievable.
So I was very happy with the game in total because the start was great; the finish was great. What was in between, it doesn't really matter, so...
That's what was great about it.

Q. At the end of it, you flopped down on your back. You seemed elated, but maybe also a little bit relieved. Could you describe, you know, why that reaction, and maybe was it because Andy really pushed you in the middle two sets?
ROGER FEDERER: I think this is a huge Grand Slam, you know (smiling).
Just felt like this is a great moment, once again, in my career. I deserved to lie down (laughter). Kind of give myself a break. From standing up, sitting down and everything, I just thought lying down would be more comfortable. Thank God I didn't injure myself (laughter).
I haven't seen it yet in replay, but one thing's for sure: I felt great, you know, lying there on the floor alone. It was good. Good feeling.

Q. Back a couple years ago there was so much talk about how Tiger was so far ahead of his competitors, and now, of course, he was watching you here today. Do you feel like the gap between you and perhaps No. 2 and No. 3 is closing? Andy said perhaps the gap was closed a little bit today when he played you. Do you feel like the gap is closing?
ROGER FEDERER: I don't know. I mean, as long as I'm on top, I guess it doesn't really matter.
No, I felt like after the great clay court season, you know, of Raf, I was under pressure, you know, for sure to do well in Wimbledon because he proved that, again, how well he plays on clay. He put the pressure on me for the grass court season to do it all over again, myself, too, like he did on clay. This is really when I felt the pressure.
After winning Wimbledon, I sort of said, Okay, whoever wins the US Open I guess is really better. So came here and won, so it's fantastic. Now I totally deserve to be No. 1 for the rest of the season, and hopefully I can back it up again next season.
But I think, you know, with guys like Hewitt and Agassi sorry, Roddick and Safin playing better, I think you always got to give these guys also a bigger chance of coming back, you know, stronger. A new guy like I don't know who but you could say the gap is closing.
But at the same time, I'm playing so well and so consistent that it's going to be hard for them to pass me at the moment. That's for sure.

Q. You had the wonderful privilege to chat with Tiger, and of course most of that was private.
ROGER FEDERER: Tried to come in, didn't you (smiling)? Were you the only guy or no?

Q. I did speak with Tiger.
ROGER FEDERER: You did? Well done.

Q. He said you got to work on your backhand.

Q. Anyway, kidding aside, we all would have loved to have been in there. Could you just share a little bit of your sense of him as a man and also as an athlete.
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, for me, of course, it's very nice to get to meet him finally after all the time we've been trying to get to see each other in Shanghai. I remember I was there in Dubai when he was there. He plays so much in the States, that when I'm here, you would think that we would get a chance to see each other. Our schedules, they collide.
More and more often, you know, over the last year or so, I've been kind of compared to Tiger, what he's doing on the golf tour, me doing on the tennis tour. So today was kind of the day where finally we got to meet and chat a little longer.
I asked him how it was for him. It's funny, you know, because many things were similar. He knew exactly how I kind of felt out on the court. That's something that I haven't felt before, you know, a guy who knows how it feels to feel invincible at times and, you know, when you just have the feeling like there's nothing going wrong any more. In the fourth set, for instance, it's, I guess, for him on the final round, he knows exactly how it feels.
That's what was so interesting to talk to him about. Of course that's not all we talked about. We talked about other things, but it was just really great fun to get to meet him. My parents are great golfers, so he was nice enough to talk to them, as well, over the phone. They're not in bed yet, so it was great. He's very nice, and much nicer than I expected. I thought him to be nice, but he's really, really nice, so that's nice.

Q. He didn't give you his hat, did he?
ROGER FEDERER: No. I tried. I tried to get it, but... (laughter).
He didn't even want to sign it for me (smiling). It was tough, you know. Signatures and interviews these days.

Q. He's a tough customer.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah (smiling).

Q. How do you handle, day by day, the pressure and the expectations after all you've done?
ROGER FEDERER: I don't have pressure walking through the streets, I tell you that, no.
It's okay, you know. I've gotten used to it. No, it's okay by now, you know. I used to feel pressure when I was young and people were saying, This guy's got some talent, but he can't get his mind right, he's not fit enough. This stuff hurt me, you know, back then.
I was at a junction, I don't know how to say, which road do I want to take, the talented road or the hard working road. I chose for the hard working road and it paid off.
The pressure for me now, it's what I enjoy. I like getting goosebumps walking out on center court and serving for the match. These are the moments which you dream for. It's not like it's I guess eventually once I retire, it's kind of like, Finally, it's gone. But at the moment, I enjoy it.

Q. How many more tournaments will you play this year, do you think?
ROGER FEDERER: The plan is to play Davis Cup, Tokyo, Madrid, Basel, Paris and Shanghai. That's the plan. For the moment, I feel good. I'm not injured yet. I've been a little bit unlucky at the end of the years the last two, three years. Hopefully, this time it will work out for me.

Q. You mentioned after Paris that you felt pressure because of what Rafa had done. How much sort of satisfaction does it give you now to finish the US Open, know that you've proved to yourself that you are the No. 1?
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, it's now, what I look at actually is winning three, being in the finals of one. That's what I look at. That's what it comes down to, I think.
It's funny, because in the beginning of the year, you know, I was especially after the Australian Open as it's so early, I was hoping, Maybe I can win the Slam. Tony said I'll come to The Open if you win Wimbledon and the French, too. He's not here, so... (laughter).
Still worked out. Still get so close to the Slam, it's fantastic. I'm happy the Slams are over because it's hard work. You know, like you said, a lot of pressure. But I'm happy to kind of sit back a bit and relax. It's just not thinking of any rival at the moment, it's just really the wins, you know, the great season I've had so far. Four Slams are over and I played fantastic in all of them, so it's all good.

Q. What goals have you set for next year?
ROGER FEDERER: I haven't decided yet.

Q. You haven't?

Q. You said during the ceremony when it was pointed out that Tiger Woods was in your corner that, Yeah, I had some pressure. I did notice that when they flashed him up on the board there, everybody applauded, that you had four or five points that you lost.
ROGER FEDERER: I don't remember.

Q. Did you feel any pressure having him there? Was there any moment where you might have thought the guy's watching you?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, no, you get that feeling. It's like I don't know how you can relate to it, but, you know, it's like maybe the first time your parents see you do something special, or somebody comes to you, you really maybe look up to, or maybe in the game I don't know. Like if the best ever journalist would be looking at you guys asking every question, you would go like, I make sure it's a good question.
For me, it's like when I go out there and I see, you know, Tiger sitting there, it's like, you know, I try to play well, you know? I try to, you know, kind of get my act together and focus and get off to a good start, you know.
I remember having this many, many times in my career where, you know, like in the very beginning, Marc Rosset would come watch me play because he was the No. 1 tennis player in Switzerland. When you get to guys coming over to watch your matches, you kind of look over in the box and go, Okay, I know you're here and I hope I do well. It's extra pressure.
That's why I try not to go to see the Swiss guys too much, because I know what it could do for them, you know. They look in the box and say, Oh, shit, Roger's here (laughter).
So I'd rather watch them on TV. But I can handle it by now, you know. But, still, it still hits me, yes, it does.

Q. When you're old and gray, you can help the younger guys out.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, maybe then (smiling).
Got to be a good question, rest of the guys watching you.

Q. Are you surprised at Rafael's loss?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, little bit. We all knew that Youzhny had his chance, but I still would have picked him to come through. So a bit of a surprise, yes.

Q. Second quick question.

Q. Your English, did you learn it back in your country or pick it up on tour?
ROGER FEDERER: Give you a little hint now. My mom's South African, so I got it from her, yeah.

Q. You know when you go to the supermarket, they give you two products for one
ROGER FEDERER: Okay. This is gonna be funny now, I think (laughing).

Q. Next year, say two Slams for Roland Garros, or five Masters Series for...
ROGER FEDERER: I think you always ask me questions like about the French, try to put me...

Q. He likes that.
ROGER FEDERER: He likes that, huh? I always say the same thing, you know. Wimbledon counts more for me.

Q. At this point?
ROGER FEDERER: Look, I don't know. It's like so nice to win the US Open, so why would I want to try for the French?

Q. To prove that on clay you're the best.
ROGER FEDERER: I know I'm good on clay.

Q. You are the best.
ROGER FEDERER: Not the best at the moment, yeah. But if Raf wouldn't be in a round, maybe I would have won it by now.
No, I don't know. All I can try to do is give myself the best chance, you know? That's what I've been doing really the last especially two or three years. And before that, I just was not good enough, I think. I lost early a few times.
This time around, I really believe I can win, you know. Whereas before, I thought it's too tough, too long, too hard and everything. I doubted myself from the early rounds on.
But now, being so dominant in all the other Slams, I know I can win the French, you know. Nadal here or not, I know I could beat him, too, because I was so close.

Q. Perhaps one of the most remarkable things about your run is that you've done a lot of it without a coach. I know Tony comes in and out. There are times during matches where you get in trouble. Do you ever think, Maybe I should have brought someone along? You've learned to think through things pretty clearly, like the switch, how you returned the serve today from blocking it. Do you ever doubt that in a match, Maybe I should have had someone go out and scout?
ROGER FEDERER: Never had that feeling. Never. I mean, when I split with Peter at the end of '03, I knew the decision was tough and everything, but of course I was a bit worried going into the Australian Open. But after winning that, becoming No. 1 in the world, I kind of told myself that it's still the right decision to take because I can still play well.
I remember looking up in the box and best friend of mine was there and my girlfriend was there. They were giving me, you know, a good feeling about what I'm doing. I remember never looking up into the box going, I wish whoever was there, best coach in the world. Because I have such unbelievable belief in my own game and understanding about my shot selection and everything that I always need to look up there (sic). That's why I'm against coaching on the tour, you know, on court. Because I think the work is done beforehand and not during a match.
And if you try to change it up, I always believe it doesn't work. It's the instinct in the end that takes over. That's how it is for me. In the fourth set, total instinct took over, and I dominated Andy.
That's what I'm talking about.

Q. Does it surprise you, then, that Maria has her father in the box telling her when to drink and when to eat a banana when you don't need a coach to tell you that?
ROGER FEDERER: (Smiling). What do you think I think when I see this?
I mean...
Yeah, look, telling you when to drink and eat a banana and stuff, it's like, you know, seriously, is that gonna make the backhand go in on breakpoint and stuff in, no. So, I mean, I smile at it because...

Q. Just in case the banana means not only a banana, I guess.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, who knows. You're smart, actually (smiling).

Q. Tiger and Annika have a friendly rivalry where they call each other after they win a major. Do you have anything like that with him?
ROGER FEDERER: Not yet. He says I'm three behind, so, he's going...

Q. Two behind, I think.
ROGER FEDERER: Is he two behind? He's got 12. I wish.
Who knows? I wouldn't be surprised if I get a message next time when he wins, yeah. I wouldn't be surprised at all.

Q. Winning for the third straight year here in New York, do you think it will help raise your profile in America in terms of the popularity, and maybe in endorsements, too?
ROGER FEDERER: I guess so (laughing). I don't really care, honestly. I cared four years ago if I was more famous here or not. I mean, I have great fans here in the States. I've had an unbelievable run here in this country, and I feel they really support me a lot. You know, I would like to thank them, because it's not the ordinary, you know, that they always support you being from somewhere else.
So I definitely think, you know, it helps. But, look, in the end, I just love this game. If I get more endorsements, that's nice. But in the end, it's about this and not about the rest, so...

Q. Do you feel you had more support tonight than you did when you played Blake?
ROGER FEDERER: Oh, yeah, absolutely.

Q. Would you attribute that to the way you play?
ROGER FEDERER: Don't know. It's hard to answer. It's up to you to find out why.

Q. I'm going to start looking into it.
ROGER FEDERER: Please do (smiling).
Maybe the finals, maybe they start to appreciate, you know, my way of being on the court, you know. Obviously, with the success, you know, you gain more and more fans. Just the way maybe the match turned out to be, I don't know. It's just they never got into it like they did against Blake or Agassi last year, so...

Q. So Tiger shows up today, puts extra pressure on you showing up at the US Open finals. Next year will you go to the Masters?
ROGER FEDERER: I'm going to go to each Masters, each Grand Slam he plays and get him back, you know (laughter). I'm gonna tell him, I'm gonna come when you're about to win a major, when you're out on the 18th green, I'll be standing there.
He knows he has to be in the winning position. That's how I felt, you know, like when he told me he's gonna come for the finals. I was like, Oh, nice. Let me first do the dirty work getting there, you know.
So, no, we spoke about it, you know, trying to go to a major. I hope I can do it next year, yes.

Q. Think you'll be as happy if you ever lose here at The Open? If you come to a press conference after a loss at the US Open?
ROGER FEDERER: You never know. I wouldn't be surprised (smiling).
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Q. I did speak with Tiger.
ROGER FEDERER: You did? Well done.

Q. He said you got to work on your backhand.
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The haters know that but won't admit it. They only say he's cocky and arrogant. Show me where.

He is arrogant on the court - and he should be. The minute he walks off the court, he's gracious, and it's fun to see.

It'll never cease to kill me that Federer can say all the arrogant "well I play great tennis" stuff that he does, and completley avoid the arrogant tag from so many. It does not matter if he IS the greatest right now. Other men have been there before, and didn't find it necessary to stick their noses up in the air and remind everyone of their ranking.
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Andy was his usual self but Federer seemed fiesty in his interview. I wonder why.

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Federer is not being ARROGANT AT ALL. MY GOD, the man has WORKED SO FRIGGIN HARD and has the RIGHT to feel proud. Anything like false modesty would be totally fake!!!
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Federer is not arrogant, what do you expect him to say that he sucks and didn't play well
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Federer is not being ARROGANT AT ALL. MY GOD, the man has WORKED SO FRIGGIN HARD and has the RIGHT to feel proud. Anything like false modesty would be totally fake!!!
That's the "PC" world we live in today.
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The press conferences will be on the Tennis Channel at 11:00
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Federer is really starting to believe his own hype, really read some of the things he says. Ugh!

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I think the problem with Roger is that a lot of the stuff he says can come off as arrogant when you read them printed out but when you see the actual interviews he's not at all arrogant or over the top about it and most of it is done in an off handed way.

Andy seems like a very nice guy off the court. He can get a little over-the-top on court but even then he's no where near the worst guy out there.


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Eew. Was Roger complimenting himself OUT LOUD again? What an arrogant SOB

PS, Andy's interviews are always the most entertaining. Standing room only for him.

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