-"I'm really not one of the best tennis players out there, contrary to popular belief, you know. I mean, look, I've only won 10 Slams in the past 3 and a half years and am about to break Jimmy Connors' record for number of consecutive weeks at #1. I mean, look, yes, I'm #1 by over 3000 points, but don't let that fool you! And I may have won the Australian Open without losing a set, but those matches were a lot closer than you think, especially the one against Roddick, who I consider to be a genuine rival, never mind the head-to-head. These guys are right up there with me, I mean, if I play below my level and lose, it's not because I'm better than the other guys, I just got lucky, you know. Honestly, I've really been lucky to win all these titles so far, considering I have about the same skill as every other player. It's a wonder I even manage to compete against these guys, they're just on another level altogether. Would I love to win Wimbledon again? Sure, but, look, you know, I'd be just happy to make it to the 4th round, you know. That would be an absolute dream after all the success I've had. The French Open, look, I've already given up on that. The rankings, points and results might say I'm the 2nd best clay court player in the world for the past 2 and a half years, but rankings, points and results don't tell the whole story. I will never beat Nadal on clay because, look, he's only 20. I mean, yes, historically, true claycourters only last about 4/5 years, but I think Nadal could win Roland Garros until he's 35 with the form he's in, regardless of how many injuries he seems to pick up. Everytime I win a match, I just feel so happy that God has decided to bless me with a victory that I don't really deserve, you know. Winning 4 Slams in a year is impossible. Yes, I made the finals of all 4 Slams last year and won 3, but I don't go out to every Slam thinking I have a chance to win, especially considering what an average player I am. I would like to keep playing tennis until 2012 when I'm 30, but look, truthfully, I could break my leg in a skiing accident or burn out before then, considering how tiring and energy depriving my brand of tennis is. I may be in peak form by my own relatively low standards, but by 26, 27, 28, I'll probably be seriously considering retirement so I don't embarrass myself against all these young guns who will probably dominate me and show the world how truly average I am at this sport."-
Attaboy, Fed! Show 'em that no one is better at insincere modesty than you!
Very funny sykotique
...I highlighted in bold the parts of your rant which I found most amusing
#Federer is actually very modest, because he always realises that the game of tennis is much bigger than he himself.. However there is no false modesty~ he knows he`s the best going around at the moment & now is his chance to stamp himself in the history books
At the AO he said a few times "...I know this won`t last forever so I`m just trying to ride the wave as long as possible...":
cool: [I expect that wave to last for another 4-5 years]
Also he said that he "..appreciates the current success so much more ...because at the beginning of my career I was losing a lot"..
Nadal`s overly modest statements [or overly unconfident goals] do annoy me sometimes, afterall he has won two Slams & six TMS titles~ he should back himself to have a shot at winning most of the time