Pete did have to take quite a lot of expectation as well. The whole media/press thing has multiplied greatly even since the Samphras days, so it is much greater for Roger. It's certainly true that any time Pete lost he definitely was finished, down and out and ready for retirement. He took quite a bit of flak as well, but then his relationship with the press was not as good - but as Roger is finding out, that doesn't always count for anything when the wolf pack sense blood! I hope he keeps his head down the next few weeks and doesn't get caught up in any media games - remember when he was about to play Roddick in the Semis of AO in 2007 (after the Kooyong match) and he said he didn't read the papers or look at the TV before it, so he wouldn't get swayed by it all. Hope the same happens here.
I think Roger is old (
) enough to stay away from the press, or more precisely, to not care at all what they had to say thus not bother to read anything. I used to read a lot of press, good or bad, but nowadays, I don't even bother reading the good ones, not to say the bad. I don't care what those people have to say at all. I have my own thoughts, and also some of the fans here know far more about tennis/Roger's tennis than the reporters.
Roger knows what he has to do is to focus on his game and work probably harder than before, as he mentioned in one of his presses in RG. Leave the talk to whoever wants to.