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Thanks a lot for sharing this article Kat.

As always I have a lump in my throat when I read about Peter, his parents and how close Roger was/is to them.

Whereever Peter is now - I'm sure he will be really proud of Roger.
Not only for his achievements but even more so for the person he is
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Federer Is at His Busiest After His Match Is Over


September 2, 2012

The questions started almost as soon as Roger Federerís last match ended, same as always, the news media gantlet often longer and more intense than what happened on the court.

On Saturday, after Federer dispatched Fernando Verdasco in about two hours, after he tossed his wristbands into the stands and put away his rackets, the first of more than a dozen microphones settled inches from his face, on court. For a player perhaps interviewed more than anyone else in tennis history, interviewed more, perhaps, than any other athlete, the routine had started.

It lasted until 7:30 p.m., or longer than his tennis match, as Federer conducted a series of television and radio interviews and two news conferences. He answered questions in three languages. He changed outfits. He took inquiries in rooms and hallways, at the playersí garden and on television sets. He gave answers standing up and sitting down and leaning backward.

ďIíve done so many interviews over the years in so many different languages,Ē Federer said afterward, in an interview about his interviews. ďRadios. Papers. Magazines. Thereís always another interview to do. Itís quite something, I have to say.Ē

The news media carwash started on court Saturday, when Federer did two interviews, one for an in-stadium feed, another for Swiss television. Both outlets asked three questions. It was 5:17 p.m.

There are rules involved in who speaks with Federer on court. The host broadcaster ó CBS, ESPN or the Tennis Channel at the United States Open, the BBC at Wimbledon ó has top priority, followed by national rights holders, followed by other requests.

When Federer finished those commitments Saturday, he hustled down the corridor at Arthur Ashe Stadium and into the locker room. He changed shirts, albeit into the same sky blue Nike top he wore against Verdasco. Then, escorted by two security guards, he rushed onto the CBS set.

Federer settled into a chair. An assistant affixed another microphone. He crossed his legs and clasped his hands and looked as comfortable as the on-air talent. He deftly turned a question back on his interviewers, with a ďlike you mentioned,Ē to begin one response.

The interview finished. The fans behind the railing screamed. Federer waved. Another assistant asked him to take a picture. He obliged, then bounded down the stairs and back into the tunnels.

As he walked, Federer discussed his obligations with his agent, Tony Godsick, and an ATP employee. Federer wanted to push some interviews to Sunday. Another player passed him in the hallway. Federer congratulated him and continued to talk news media strategy without breaking stride. He turned left into the locker room, where he showered and changed and decided to hold his news conferences at 6 p.m. The process required a high level of coordination, more than a dozen handlers and producers and reporters, enough people to land an airplane, or run an N.F.L. offense.

In the most important way, Federerís performance already answered the most pertinent questions. He looked sharp, same as when he won Wimbledon and made the Olympic final. Yet he still needed to explain the nuances of his afternoon.

The conferences started on time, English first, Swiss news media afterward, their questions delivered in Swiss-German, German and French. Federer said he was always asked for general thoughts and to rate himself on a scale of 1 to 10. He took both those questions again Saturday.

The repetitive nature of the questions can be difficult. When Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic ascended to No. 1, Federer took hundreds of questions about when he would retire, if he would ever win again. He answered those inquiries in multiple languages for years, not months.

ďI always joke with him,Ē Godsick said. ďItís good you donít speak Italian.Ē

On Saturday, at the English portion of his news conference, reporters asked about social media, net points, Davis Cup participation, Nadalís absence, tough moments in his career, doubles, memories of previous Opens, pressure and whether he had a cold. His answers were analytical, thoughtful and specific.

For a simple question on game management, Federer gave a long, insightful answer. He noted how he was always in the limelight, how nothing went unnoticed and how he was not aware of that early in his career.

He later dismissed a question about how his Olympic doubles experience helped his singles play ó ďOh, no. I only played two matches,Ē he said ó but then launched into a dissertation on the benefits he gained from playing doubles early in his career.

He even laughed off the cold question. ďNo, just a lot of air conditioning in this country,Ē he said.

Most professional tennis players spend 20 to 30 minutes taking questions after their matches. Federer is rarely done in less than an hour. He is almost always asked about Nadal, or his twin daughters, or what motivates him after a record 17 Grand Slam singles titles. After each major tournament championship, he does more than three hours of interviews, then talk shows the next morning.

ďCan you lose a language, so we donít have to wait so long outside?Ē other players often joke.

Because his mother is South African and he grew up in Switzerland, Federer is most comfortable with English and Swiss-German. He learned French at 14.

ďSometimes, I am a different character in different languages,Ē he said. ďI have different enjoyment from them. Sometimes, different answers come out of me. Like, I didnít even know that about me. I get to know myself through different languages, actually.Ē

After the news conference, roughly 20 questions in 27 minutes, Federer sped back through the tunnel Saturday. He conducted three radio interviews on the way to the Tennis Channel set. There, the wind blew overhead. Trees swayed. Cameras moved. Producers pointed. Federer, amid the chaos, appeared typically unruffled. He made his way next into the player garden, where Bernhard Schaer, a radio reporter from SR DRS in Switzerland who has covered Federer since his first tournament in 1998, watched another interview.

ďHe thinks everybody has the right to talk with him,Ē Schaer said. ďHe will be fair, polite, intelligent, creative. He will give concrete examples. Thatís why I love him. He knows what I want.Ē

There is a strategic element involved, too, as Federer next spoke to ESPN International. He finished one final interview after that. It was dark.

In an average month, Godsick said, he receives 150 interview requests, from the largest national publications to student newspapers. In one instance, the Tennis Channel analyst Justin Gimelstob said Federer even retaped an interview when technical issues arose the first time. This was the day before Federer played in the semifinals at the French Open. It is the reason, Gimelstob said, that Federer, as both the top-ranked player and the president of the playersí council, ďis so important for our sport.Ē

For his part, Federer said he sometimes regretted his answers and how they were interpreted. But for the most-interviewed athlete in a star-driven sport, ďthatís part of who we are,Ē he said.

ďWe are normal people,Ē Federer said. ďIf youíre not allowed to speak your mind, whatís the point?Ē

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For his part, Federer said he sometimes regretted his answers and how they were interpreted. But for the most-interviewed athlete in a star-driven sport, ďthatís part of who we are,Ē he said.

ďWe are normal people,Ē Federer said. ďIf youíre not allowed to speak your mind, whatís the point?Ē
That is a nice quote to remember for several topics on GM

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It's not an article on RF as such, but he's one of those featured in it, and I thought you might like to read it. It was originally written after (inspired by?) his Wimbledon win, but unfortunately it's been updated to cover the Olympics as well, so isn't as good as it was, and the Wayback Machine doesn't have the original archived. If I'd known the author was going to edit it I'd have saved a copy somewhere

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Family first for Federer these days
September 8, 2012 - 10:44AM | Darren Walton

Blissfully happy off court and still No.1 on it, Roger Federer has no plans on retiring any time soon. His defeats are so rare that seemingly after each and every one, Federer is asked when is enough enough? But even if he admits Father Time may be catching up and that winning these days is never enough, Federer the family man plans on sticking around for some time yet.

Despite his shock US Open quarter-final loss to Tomas Berdych, Federer is assured of retaining the top ranking from arch rival Novak Djokovic for a few more weeks at least.

His loss to Berdych was only his seventh defeat since falling to Djokovic last year at Flushing Meadows in a heartbreaker that sparked the Swiss great's remarkable renaissance. So-called Super Saturday in New York marks exactly one year since he blew a two-set lead and two match points in the semi-finals against Djokovic and he concedes the loss cut deep.

"There have been a lot of questions asked," the 31-year-old said. "Like, how much more will I take? Is the end near? Is it much nearer than you think it is?

"All those questions, eventually it can play tricks on your mind. But I never really let it affect me.

"I knew I was looking at the big picture and honestly having big-picture goals and also the short-term goals is very important for me. So regardless of what happens, I'm in a safe place."

Rebounding in spectacular fashion, Federer won a tour-best nine titles, including the 2011 season-ending championship, and 77 matches out of 84 in the 12 months after losing to Djokovic. But it wasn't until landing a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon crown that he finally wrestled the top ranking back from the Serb.

The Wimbledon triumph broke a two-and-a-half-year grand slam title drought and Federer suspects the doubters under-estimated how the birth of his identical twin daughters Myla Rose and Charlene Riva in July 2009 affected his career "in a big way".

"I thought sometimes people kind of forgot I had the kids," he said this week. "It actually has a big effect on a player, on practice, on matches, even though I think I handled it as well as I could.

"But I'm sure at times you are just that little bit more exhausted than other players, so that might be a reason as well (why) sometimes you just don't win as much any more.

"But who cares? I don't care really. I want to be happy in my personal life and, if I'm happy on the tennis court and I win a bit less, that's fine too."

As hungry as he is for more on-court successes, the 17-times major winner says family comes first these days and any titles are a bonus.

"I try everything I can so the kids are happy and if my wife's happy and we're having a great time," Federer said. "Then when the success comes at the same time, then it couldn't be more perfect.

"So we're having really a blast out on tour and the kids seem to really enjoy going to different places every other week.

"Now it's getting easier too. I have to say the first couple of years were pretty rough and now it's getting much nicer."

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I translated an interview with Roger from the current edition of the Schweizer Illustrierte:

SI: Roger Federer, after you won a medal in singles at the Olympic tournament thereís not much left to tick off from the check list of your dream career. How is it when aims are going out?

RF: I think itís nice. Honestly said. You are going through life with this as an athlete. You have aims which you want to achieve. Then you ask yourself if it is enough for you or if you want more. Is a first success only a fingerpost?
For me everything started when I won Wimbledon as a junior. I knew that I was on the right way but it wasnít the big world of the men. So I had to stay calm. I dreamed of more. Then I got the first title on the tour. The tick off already started back then. One day you are going to win your first Grand Slam title, get to #1 and you say: Okay, now your career could already be over.

Thatís been 8 years ago meanwhile.

That you have the feeling to have achieved your aim isnít new for me. Iím not more or less motivated or donít want to continue to play because of this summer. I have achieved it and am satisfied. But it goes on.

So you donít have to sit at a table together with your wife and your coaches and to discuss what you should still do with your racket?

No, no. The goal setting happens automatically. The question in my situation is always if I want to try to get back the #1 or not. I had this aim last year. I messed up my chances in Wimbledon and New York. So I had to wait long even though I had a fantastic autumn. The problem is: When someone wins everything like Djokovic in 2011 then you have to wait even longer until a window is going to open. Just like this year in which everyone of the top players won a Grand Slam title. But the ranking canít be the aim everytime, especially at my age. Except you can get the #1 back. But it needed quite something for me: 8 titles 1 Grand Slam title, 1 World Tour Championship, 3 masters. Itís not easily to get to #1. The player who is at the top has deserved it because he worked hard for it. Iím always especially motivated for the Grand Slams who are important to me. That is incentive enough.

Djokovic dominated the year 2011, won the Australian Open 2012, Nadal the French Open, but the summer was dominated by Federer and Murray. Arenít you surprised yourself sometimes about the quick changes in tennis?

Everything is extremely transient with us, yes. In Paris for example I didnít knew which winner would be helpful for me. If Nadal wouldnít have won I wouldnít have become #1 in Wimbledon. There are happening so many things within a short time. As you have to defend so many points as a title defender the pendulum can suddenly change sides. Therefore it is difficult to stay #1 for a long time. I knew I just had to stay with the players. It paid off for me. With 75 points lead. Incredible.

The Olympic Games were a huge aim this summer. You wanted Gold and got Silver. Did you had to bring yourself to kiss Silver?

Everyone reacts differently. I said to myself you either go out there grimly and show your disappointment or you are looking back one day on those pictures and see that Iím actually happy about this Silver medal. That I got a medal at all. That was what happened in reality then. I didnít went to the Olympics with the attitude that only Gold counts and everything else nothing. Of course I would have loved to get Gold. But the other player was better. You have to accept this. That was what I said immediately afterwards. You either accept it within 5 minutes or it can haunt you until the end of your life. It made the ceremony a lot easier for me this way. Of course you can be disappointed for a moment because it isnít exactly what you have hoped for but in the end you should just be proud of your achievement.

Would you swap your 7th Wimbledon trophy for Olympic Gold?

Who is around on the tennis circus wouldnít probably do this. Wimbledon is the Holy Grail. Of course people compare Olympic Games with a Grand Slam. Olympic Games are unique, thatís no question. They are important. Thatís why Iím disappointed that I didnít got Gold. But when you have to be #2 anywhere then preferably there as you donít go away empty handed. At the Grand Slams you get a small cheap plate which doesnít mean much. There was a lot at stake for me in Wimbledon. The 7th title, the #1 with the record Ė that was an extraordinary moment.

After the Olympic trophy ceremony you got the impression as a viewer that Wimbledon has much more weight as the Olympic Games.

Yes, itís strange. I had the same impression afterwards. Maybe it was because we didnít get to talk like we usually do at the Grand Slams. Murray couldnít express how he felt. I had the same feeling. I thought: He won Gold Ė and that was it now? You get off the court, come back 5 minutes later, have the medal ceremony Ö andÖ (shrugs his shoulders) Ö nothing more.

Murray is coming to Basel this year. He could give you a tough time.

The stronger the field is the more difficult it is for me. But thatís the incentive. I want to compete with the best.

In the best possible case the Swiss crowd can marvel a few more years at Federer and Wawrinka in their fight with the world stars. But afterwards thereís no one in sight.

Yes, thatís true. But I have the impression that the people in Basel just like to see tennis, no matter of the Swiss players.

There are people who say that the tournament can be closed after you.

I know that Iím in the focus of attention in Basel with my story and my success. It could be that there will be some kind of Babyblues after my career, a Rogerblues. But I hope that this wonít be the case. There are always developing new exciting stories. Once it is Baghdatis, then someone else. Of course I absord the attention at the moment. I play at the best time and the people are in the hall. Then they get to eat and the hall is empty. But thatís also understandable. The situation is unique.

How much would it hurt you when Switzerland would sink into insignificance after you?

A lot of course. But many countries have to deal with this. How many Top 10 players did we have? 5? 6? That we disappear a bit one day is just normal. You have to be realistic and wait.

Switzerland has Junior World Champions in football, skiing and a junior winner in Wimbledon. But then many talents donít make the breakthrough. Is there a mistake in the systeme?

Itís difficult for me to say something about other sports. A lot has to do with your personal character. You need to have the will and donít get too lazy. Itís also a mistake that a lot have the wrong timing. You have to practice that you reach your climax during your mid-20ies and not with 15 or 17 years. Thatís what happened to me. I always went for my strokes and wasnít afraid when I lost 1:6 0:6. I knew that the juniors results wouldnít be worth that much. I knew that everything would pay off later. When I went to school in MŁnchenstein at that time I was allowed to travel to the States when I was 14. I had to do my homework there and send it home on fax for 5 Swiss Francs per page. That was horror but I was allowed to. I came back home and went to Ecublens to Tennis Etudes. There the connection between tennis and school was very good. I had a lot of people who were helping me. When you have problems with your school that can also give you problems in your sport. The young athletes have to be ready to leave the nest, to travel, to make sacrifices and not only to sit lazy at home. I would have also prefered to stay home but I knew I had to pay a price.

Since nearly a decade you are only seldom at home. You are always flying around the world. Why donít you have an own plane?

Why should I? Everyone advised me against this and I also wouldnít like to have. I like to travel with big planes. They are wonderful. Of course I travel in Europe and America with private jets. I have a very good partner with Netjets at my side and donít have to pay for it. But an own plane? Just imagine that I wouldnít travel. Then the plane would stand there rusted. With the pilot. No, no, you shouldnít exaggerate it.

Would you be interested to make a pilot licence one day just like Simon Ammann?

No, I donít need to have this.

Do your twins like to fly?

Yes, they arenít afraid of it. They also fortunately donít get earaches.

Are there still white spots on your world card? Where would you like to fly to?

Of course there are many countries which I havenít seen yet. I often travel to the same places. It was important to me to visit India, also Japan. Now in late autumn South America, even if it will be only for a few days for the exhibitions. You get a feeling for the people then. Thatís why Iím really looking forward to South America. It is a huge, important continent. Iím fascinated of Asia in general. How many people live there and how different the culture is. The politeness which is important there. I also would like to see many countries in Africa. In Europe I havenít seen much from the East compared to Mirka. As a junior I was often in Italy, France and Germany.

Are there long discussions about holiday destinations?

No. Firstly Iím pretty easygoing about this and secondly we have the fame feeling after the huge stress. Mostly we want to go to warm places in order to relax. It could be different in 10 years though. Then we might say: Not itís calm enough in our life and we want to experience something. Then we would go on adventure holiday. Right now I always have to laugh when I hear people saying they couldnít laze around for 2 hours and would have to do something immediately. With the life Iím having Iím just happy being able not to do something.

You probably donít even want to read a book then.

No, I have never read a book in my holidays.

It doesnít matter for the children where you travel to in your holidays?

Well, they enjoy it to be at the sand. But I knew this before. Everytime Iím on holidays and see children at the beach they are happy. Thatís why a pool and a beach are a must. When the children are happy Iím also happy.

At the latest photo shooting we can see you on the Route 66 with a Harley. Would you like to do this in the future?

Yes, absolutely. I once won a Harley in St. Anton.

Do you even have a licence for it?

No, I gave the Harley to my father. He drives it. It would really be a dream. The feeling of freedom must probably be as when you go skiing in deep snow. You are probably feeling like flying then. I have to say though that I would go skiing first and then drive the Harley.

When you could choose you would prefer a car to the Harley.

Yes. I have always been a fan of cars. I looked at car magazines and know everything about cars. I remember when I made my driving licence. After I picked it up and was alone in the car for the first time I let down the windowpane, listened to loud music and felt free. That was a big moment in my life. Thatís why a car is important for me. I always drive myself when I have the chance. In Cincinatti, Miami, Indian Wells, Australia. Nearly at the half of all tournaments Iím driving myself.

Always on the right side?

No, when I once came back from Australia to Switzerland I was driving on the street but there were no other cars. For a moment I didnít knew how to drive. I think I was on the wrong side.

You are usually not that often on the wrong side in your life.

No, not really.

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Thank you so much!

Will Federer regain the #1 spot and break Sampras's record for most weeks at the top?

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the whole interview gives great information, as gave the previous article about his family life, but I was especially surprised and interested by this quote :

In Paris for example I didn’t knew which winner would be helpful for me. If Nadal wouldn’t have won I wouldn’t have become #1 in Wimbledon. There are happening so many things within a short time. As you have to defend so many points as a title defender the pendulum can suddenly change sides. Therefore it is difficult to stay #1 for a long time. I knew I just had to stay with the players. It paid off for me. With 75 points lead. Incredible.
interesting to know that when his opponents meet, he makes the same kind of reasonings and calculations as we sometimes do

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thanks for the translation, Doris.
I love his interviews, I always learn something new from them.
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Meant to post this a few days ago from the Shanghai website:

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ROGER Federer has confirmed his participation for the Shanghai Rolex Masters in October, but injured Rafael Nadal, who also missed the US Open, is unlikely to make it this time.
Would seem a little odd that he would confirm just 2 weeks ago, only to cancel just over a month later? My bet is on him playing

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