Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Davydenko: Will he ever win a Slam?
Hmm.... Seen Davydenko's record against Roddick? I don't think he'd have stood a great chance had he got through to that US Open final. The problem is, there are people who vary the game better than him on hardcourt, there are people who can outlast him with greater topspin on clay, and he's no use whatsoever on grass. I also think that toiling hard to win Sopot and then flying all the way over the Atlantic to lose first round at two Masters events isn't a great way to build confidence in yourself as a top player who wins matches week in and week out at the required tournies; I know he still had a good run at the US Open, and usually does produce the goods at the Slams, but these first-round losses at other events must hinder his self-belief somewhat.
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.