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Q. A lot of players get a lot of questions about rain delays or the French Open moving out of Paris the last couple of days, and they actually said that they don't think that much, or they think it's very simple. It's, What do you eat every day on practice? On warming up? I get a sore leg, and how am I going to recover from it and that sort of stuff. So what is on your mind usually on a daily basis? Like the day before when we had a lot of rain delays, do you go here, and say, I'm going to get a lot of questions about rain delay roof, or do you just come here and do your job and let us do all the thinking?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, what I've found out the more rain delays there are, the more the press starts looking for things that are not there sometimes. That can be tricky sometimes, you know.
Other than that, you know, you just go after your job and enjoy the downtime. Yesterday I didn't practice at all, so that was nice. I spent some time with the family. You're happy there's a bit of a change. Because if it's always the same rhythm every day, it also gets a bit boring.
When it rains like this, I don't mind those days, either. They're just slow and nice and relaxing. No traveling for a change, no cars, no flights, no nothing. Just sitting still for a change.

Q. Three matches in, can you say anything different than any of the other years? How do you feel?
ROGER FEDERER: I feel fine, you know. I mean, from how do you say? From a ranking standpoint, I haven't played top guys yet. But, you know, dangerous players, you know, who are skillful on this surface and a guy who just won five matches here in Paris, so you can never underestimate those kind of players.
With my own form I'm very happy. I'm ready to mix up my game playing aggressive. I'm not sure today if I had to face break points. I'm getting very few breaks, and that's obviously always a good thing looking ahead.

Q. You made some comments which were critical or

Q. Oh, I'm always careful. We have time. Don't worry. But about clay court tennis, could you take the...
ROGER FEDERER: What did I say?

Q. You said, On clay you don't need a volley or a serve, you just need legs, an incredible forehand...
ROGER FEDERER: Only? Only means in an extreme way. Very good legs and very good forehand. But you take it the way you want.

Q. Right. Well, I just want to ask you, in terms of the three prime surfaces, clay, hard, and grass, when you talk about athleticism, how would you rank the three surfaces? Can you compare the three different surfaces in terms of what they demand of an athlete?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, I guess on grass it's good to have a big serve, you know. And then the way you back it up, you definitely got to be able to return a bit and be dangerous off that.
You know, I think being good off second serves is a good thing on grass, because this is sometimes where it's gonna be played out.
Anticipation comes, I guess, with grass court tennis. You have to read and react very quickly to shots that you don't normally see.
Hardcourt, I think, is a bit of a combination between clay and hardcourt, you know. If you want to shorten points, you can do that quite easily; whereas on clay it's very hard to shorten points.
You get caught up in many long rallies, and then if you do shorten the points, you're taking all the chances and the opponent's only happy just to keeping the ball in play, you know. You see that happening quite often, and then a guy blows out because he just misses too much.
Then on clay it's also not usually enough with the best players to keep the ball in play. You have to go after the shots and keep it aggressive. With the best clay court players, they're always very aggressive. That obviously helps also on hardcourts when slower balls come along. All the good clay court players are able to put the easy balls away.
So it's a combination, you know. But I think the things have really slowed down in the last years, especially on the hardcourts. Indoors, as well. And that has definitely helped, I think, the clay court specialists or more of the baseliners, let's put it that way.

Q. You said they're all demanding, but if you had to pick one as "the" most demanding for an athlete...
ROGER FEDERER: I don't know. I guess hardcourts, at the end of the day, is tough on the body. Just the stopping and day in, day out on hardcourts, I think that's a tough thing to go through for, what is it, seven months of the year?
If you don't go back on clay after Wimbledon or after I don't know if there's more after the US Open, but, yeah, I think that's tough. Because clay you kind of glide around and it's better on your body. Grass is soft. So I would pick hardcourt as the toughest surface physically.

Q. I don't know whether you've been asked, but have you seen the Nike commercial for the World Cup which you are sort of premier in that, just like Kobe Bryant?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I'm a Ping Pong player. Normally I'm a tennis player, but we did Ping Pong.

Q. Was it fun shooting it?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, it was good fun. It was unusual, you know. It was different. They were in Switzerland a few months ago, and obviously it's nice being in a World Cup commercial. It's obviously the biggest thing for Nike this year, soccer being such a huge sport.
And doing something fun with Wayne Rooney like that was...

Q. Did you shoot it together?
ROGER FEDERER: Didn't shoot it together, but we're seen together. It's extreme what we can do these days. It was fun. I think it turned out great.

Q. World Cup, the World Cup this summer would overshadow all the other sports, including Wimbledon?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, it always is a big story, and there is sometimes a few Sundays during the year where you just have everything happening during the same time. Could be golf, tennis, Formula 1, soccer, all comes, you know, together.
We're used to that. What's nice about tennis is obviously here there is something written and said about this sport for over three weeks almost. We have a great sport in a way. But the World Cup, I mean, deserving, will get a lot of attention.

Q. The clay here in Paris this week, it's been hot and then it was raining obviously and damp. How has the consistency been for you? I know you've played in both conditions. What do you think about the conditions here this year compared to previous years and the job that the grounds crew has done?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I think the clay courts are fantastic here. I mean, obviously there are the occasional bad bounces, but that's because clay sort of builds up like a little castle almost sometimes. So if you hit that, obviously the ball is always gonna bounce strangely.
But I think they do a great job also in between keeping the courts good if it rains overnight. Clay is something that lives, you know, with the conditions. I think we're very happy playing on them. I think it's always been a fair surface. I never recall coming here and it being overly fast or overly slow.
I think it's kind of always been a good surface.

Q. There was talk at the beginning of the week that there was more clay this year than in previous years.
ROGER FEDERER: I don't feel that, no. It was fine.

Q. Nadal won three tournaments. Now you are together in Roland Garros. You won the last year. Do you think that you're able to win also this year?
ROGER FEDERER: Yes, I do. (laughter.)
You want me to explain, or are you happy? You want me to explain? I won last year, so I think I can do it again. (laughter.)
THE MODERATOR: Questions in French.

Q. This is going to be like fiction. If Wawrinka wins, you're going against him. I think you advised Wawrinka. Has it always been the case, or would you say that now he can manage for himself?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, he must, and he does it well, I think. This is the objective, you see. I'm not his coach, you know, but at the beginning it's like giving tips and advice. I saw him growing, and he had many problems with the indoors before on the hard or quick surfaces.
I saw how he developed on these surfaces. It's always very interesting to see how he can continue and make progress. He's no longer asking for tips, which is a good sign. It's the same with Marco, as well, or Allegro and all these guys I know. When I give hundreds of tips to them, sometimes it's difficult for them to do what I ask them to do tactically speaking.
Sometimes I think it's better they, with their coaches, manage this by themselves. I can just give advice from time to time in terms of management or how to manage a career, or sometimes I can give them tips about one player because I've never been defeated by this one player.
You know, it's a natural type of evolution for them and for me. I'm happy to see that today he is fully serene on court. It was not always the case.

Q. There was a bit of an argument on the Internet saying that you often play on center court. Today you played on Lenglen. Is it new? Are you the one who asks because you're the best player in the world to play on center court? Does it make any difference for you, technically speaking?
ROGER FEDERER: I don't ask to play on center court. I'd rather play on center court, of course. But it's the tournament. They decide. Last year it was a major surprise because I played my seven matches on center court, but I think it's a bit of luck, as well, because until the third round it was against Paul Henri Mathieu.
Sometimes in this case, once or twice, you play on Lenglen, but this is it. All of a sudden, rather than playing on Lenglen on the third round and fourth round, this time I played against top players, as well, and at the end of the day I was never playing on Lenglen, no.
In Australia and also at the US Open I'm never on the No. 1 court. I'm always on center court, because there are night sessions, as well. That's been the case over the past years, and in Wimbledon sometimes it's No. 1, as well. But otherwise it's center court.

Q. I have a strange question to ask. Do you choose your balls? If not, do you understand the players who do this?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, from time to time I do. I take three balls and I compare them. I want to take the two best out of the three, the ones that are less worn out.
This is going to give me an advantage when I serve with these balls, because if it's too worn out, no. And I want to keep the same types of balls. I don't want to have one that's brand new and the other ones that are too old.
I understand the players who do this. Sometimes it's exaggerated. If you want to have four or five balls, that's too much. Three balls is sufficient, I think.

Q. I'd like to know if, you know, you played sometimes against Fognini for practice, and have you seen anything of his match against Monfils? What do you think about this? Now he's going to play against Wawrinka.
ROGER FEDERER: Yes, I knew that. I didn't know who he was playing against.

Q. What do you think about him? What's your vision about Fognini in general?
ROGER FEDERER: I think I practiced with him in Australia when he was 17. He was a junior, and for me, it was the end of my tournament. He was a junior. I practiced against him, and then I played once with him in Montreal, I think. It was an easy match. Well, maybe he was impressed.
It was 6 1, 6 1, 50 minutes, a very good match for me. But he has talent. When I see him, when he plays, I think he hits really well. He can accelerate. He can speed up the ball, which really shows he has potential. You can't do it every day, every point, every set. That's the question I wonder about these players.
This is the question they should ask themselves. Of course I watched a bit of the match with Monfils. It was incredible to see how late they played. I played semifinals against Rafa once here in 2004 or '05, rather, at night, and then the Wimbledon finals, it was almost nighttime and it's really difficult to play when it's dark.
So with the umpire who came, it probably was difficult for the two players, so I was happy the decision was not made, or nobody won the match in the evening, rather.

Q. What about a possible round of 16 against Stan? Do you think you would enjoy it, or on the contrary, you don't want to defeat him because otherwise he can't continue with the tournament?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I'm happy with Stan if he plays well. I'm happy for me, as well. Sometimes this is the way it is. If I have to face him I'll be playing against him.
It's the draw. Well, first he has to play his match, and then it's not that bad. I've never played against him during a Grand Slam, so that's a bit of a difference. He's really fit, and we have the same physical trainer. We know what we do. We've practiced quite often together.
We know it's going to be a tough match, so I'm very happy about this possible challenge, because he's a great player. I'll have to play great tennis, also

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Q. There was a bit of an argument on the Internet saying that you often play on center court. Today you played on Lenglen. Is it new? Are you the one who asks because you're the best player in the world to play on center court? Does it make any difference for you, technically speaking?
ROGER FEDERER: I don't ask to play on center court. I'd rather play on center court, of course. But it's the tournament. They decide. Last year it was a major surprise because I played my seven matches on center court, but I think it's a bit of luck, as well, because until the third round it was against Paul Henri Mathieu.
Sometimes in this case, once or twice, you play on Lenglen, but this is it. All of a sudden, rather than playing on Lenglen on the third round and fourth round, this time I played against top players, as well, and at the end of the day I was never playing on Lenglen, no.
In Australia and also at the US Open I'm never on the No. 1 court. I'm always on center court, because there are night sessions, as well. That's been the case over the past years, and in Wimbledon sometimes it's No. 1, as well. But otherwise it's center court.
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Really sweet report from the Champions' Dinner last night. They gave him a standing ovation when he walked in! Aww.

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PARIS -- Roger Federer was late for dinner Tuesday night. The crowd in the posh banquet hall had already started the second course by the time he arrived, but as he wound his way through the maze of round tables where people were digging into their duck breast, everyone put down their forks, stood up and applauded.

Federer mounted the stage looking slightly sheepish in his suit and tie, and said it was no big deal. He reminisced about the first time he had been invited to the International Tennis Federation's Champions Dinner as a junior player in 1998, when he had to travel from a lower-level tournament in Surbiton, England. "This was a five-minute car ride away," he said.

The logistics may have been easy, but the situation was not, which is why Federer's appearance was met with surprise and deep appreciation. Just a few hours before, he had been blown out of the French Open quarterfinals by the whiplashing groundstrokes of Sweden's Robin Soderling, who mushed relentlessly toward the finish line like a muscular, blue-eyed sled dog straining at the harness in the Iditarod.

By the time Federer got through doping control and his trilingual news conference, the evening program had begun. He sent his parents ahead to tell the emcee that there was "absolutely" no question he would show up.

In one of those ironic and unplanned intersections of sports history, the night's guest of honor was three-time Roland Garros champion Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil, the last man to have derailed Federer before the semifinals of a Grand Slam, back in 2004. Kuerten was clearly moved at Federer's presence and choked up as he received the Philippe Chatrier Award.

As the two slim, smiling men posed for pictures together, looking like tousled-haired brothers from different continents, it was hard not to wonder if this was the start of a career phase in which Federer will be attending as many awards dinners as trophy ceremonies. He referred to the prospect himself -- then immediately shot it down.

"I get standing ovations from people thinking they'll never see me again," Federer said, then added, "I don't know if I've ever enjoyed tennis more. … I had to tell the press something, so I said I'd play through the 2012 Olympics. I want to play more if my body allows it."

Federer's loss ended his streak of semifinals appearances in majors and could cost him his No. 1 ranking if prohibitive favorite Rafael Nadal wins the French. But ESPN analyst Patrick McEnroe said it's not necessarily a bellwether of anything more significant.

"I don't see this in any way as the beginning of the end," McEnroe said Wednesday, sipping coffee in the bar near the television booths at Chatrier Stadium. "Is he going to be the dead-solid favorite at every tournament? No. He's certainly more vulnerable. But he still won two majors last year. He [has] won one this year. He has two more to go, which are his two best."

Soderling took Federer out in the gathering gloom of a dark, wet afternoon with the same kind of power game wielded by Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the U.S. Open final. It's not as if Federer rolled over -- McEnroe said Federer tried to respond tactically and simply got outplayed. Federer went for big second serves whenever he could, but the heavier conditions prevented him from taking full advantage of his patented slices, kicks and spin, while simultaneously giving Soderling more time to tee up.

McEnroe considers Federer the favorite at Wimbledon: "I think he'll be more motivated. It must be weird for him -- first time ever, he's got a few days to practice on the grass before Halle [a tune-up event in Germany]. He's really good about shaking off losses. He doesn't let those things stay with him that long. He's a great adapter and a great adjuster. Rarely does he lose to the same player repeatedly, except for Rafa on clay."

Federer got to sit down in time to have dessert Tuesday night. He'll have to wait until next year to try to put icing on the cake, in the form of beating Nadal in the final here. In the meantime, you can only admire the fact that he took the time to give the rest of the dinner guests a sweet moment.

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

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Really sweet report from the Champions' Dinner last night. They gave him a standing ovation when he walked in! Aww.
Thanks, Roamed...for this lovely article about Roger's presence at the ITF banquet hours after he was hurried out of the tournament. Our Roger shows even more elegance and class OFF the court than on...and that is SAYING something.
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It really takes something to appear on such an event on an evening where you probably would have liked to stay in the hotel with your family and friends
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News & Photos: ArticlesWill Roger continue his Wimbledon Fed-era?
Friday, 18 June 2010Federer and Roddick© Professional Sport
Debate will always rage as to which player is the "greatest of all time", or the GOAT to use the American parlance. And this time last year, after he secured the only Grand Slam to elude him - the French Open - and then won a record 15th Major here at Wimbledon a month later, Roger Federer was most people's choice.
A 16th Grand Slam in Australia followed in early 2010, which was also his 23rd consecutive appearance in a semi-final or better at a major - an incredible achievement. With his arch nemesis Rafael Nadal in the middle of an 11-month slump without a title, it seemed only a matter of time before the Swiss maestro broke yet another amazing record of longevity - Pete Sampras' total of 286 weeks as world No.1.

And then the tide began to change - as it did back in 2008 when Rafa thrashed him in straight sets at Roland Garros then followed it up by doing the "Borg double" and stealing Federer's Wimbledon crown off him in an epic final which went on deep into the evening. After success in Melbourne, Federer went into a relative slump (by his lofty standards). More worryingly for a player who has built a reputation for mental fortitude, he was failing to take match points. He squandered three of them against Marcos Baghdatis in a third-round exit at Indian Wells - the first time he had failed to win after holding a match point since the epic Rome final of 2006 (where he lost to... Nadal, of course).

Another Masters tournament and another defeat followed, again with match point squandered. Tomas Berdych dumped him out of Miami in the fourth round, and then the tour moved to the European clay. And while Nadal managed a "red slam", winning in Monte Carlo, Rome, Madrid and Roland Garros, the Federer slide continued. He decided not to go to Monaco then lost his opener in Rome - admittedly to a resurgent Ernests Gulbis - but he was beginning to create the wrong kind of records. This was the first time that he had lost his season-opener on red dirt since 2000, and the first time since 2002 that he had fallen at three consecutive Masters 1000s before the quarter-finals since 2002.

He went to Estoril to try to build up some confidence, but even that failed to work as he fell to Albert Montanes in the semis. At Madrid he made the final, but that man Nadal stood in his way. And then along came Robin Soderling in the French Open quarter-finals. Going into the match, Federer had a 12-0 record against the giant Swede, a 24th consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals and a record-equalling 286th week as world no.1 on the line - and lost it all.

Gallows humour was the order of the day in his press conference ("I now have a consecutive quarter-final streak going, right?!") but it was clear that all was not well in the world of Federer. Confidence breeds confidence, and while Nadal has it in abundance after winning 5,000 ranking points during the European spring, Federer's is falling fast, so much so that he even failed to defend his Halle grass title last week.

Gone are the days when Federer's quite simply superior level of tennis was enough to beat any given opponent on any given day. While he has suffered off and on at the hands of Nadal for half a decade, there now seems to be a different type of player capable of knocking the Swiss out of his rhythm. Big hitters such as Soderling, Gulbis and Juan Martin del Potro used to be meat and drink to Federer, but nowadays they are able to feast on his second service and put him immediately on the back foot. "It can be unpleasant because you have less to do and you can't play your game, you can't impose yourself," said Federer of his clashes with the more powerful players. "If you serve 225 - 230 kph, you can still hit through the court on the serve regardless of the conditions. I may be lacking those 5 to 10ks extra to hit through a guy on the serve."

As at the French, he has a heck of a lot to play for in SW19 over the coming fortnight. A seventh title (to equal Sampras' record) and 2,000 ranking points to defend here and 4,200 in total by the end of the US Open (and while he can only lose points, Nadal can only gain them after spending months on the sidelines last year). There is also of course the fact that Centre Court is his own private garden. Federer has played seven finals since 2003, winning six of them.

When Nadal was in the process of taking the ranking from him at the French, the Swiss was sober in his assessment. "I'm not going to support his opponents in the quarters, semis or whatever here just so that he doesn't take the No.1 spot off me," he said as the Majorcan homed in and eventually took the top spot with his defeat of Soderling in the final. "The best player deserves to have the top ranking and at the moment, he is the best player."

Wimbledon however means everything to him. When Nadal had the audacity to steal his crown in 2008, Federer let his guard slip in the post-match conference. "Losing at the French meant nothing compared with this. This... it's a disaster," was his miserable assessment. Defeat on the hallowed SW19 lawns in early July (or heaven forbid in late June) would be of similar proportions.

Victory however is very much in his grasp. Last year, he proved that he still has the all-round game to defeat the best that seven opponents can throw at him over the space of Wimbledon fortnight, outlasting Andy Roddick in a classic final. This is grass, and this is best of five sets - both of which speak in favour of Federer. He is certainly going to have to work for it though. After a potentially quiet first week, his run-in from the quarter-finals onwards could read Tomas Berdych, Roddick and Nadal, or alternatively Nikolay Davydenko, Marin Cilic/Novak Djokovic and Soderling/Andy Murray.

While Federer is one of the greatest players of all time (and plenty would argue he is the greatest ever), the old adage says that you are only as good as your last game. The man from Basle will be hoping that his last game on grass this year comes on Sunday 4 July, and ends with him kneeling in joy on Centre Court...


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Wimbledon Pre-Event

By ASAP Sports

An interview with: ROGER FEDERER

THE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. Can I welcome you to the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. Can I introduce our reigning Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer, and open it up for questions.

Q. You spoke about being aware of Borg's record, the pressure of that. Here you are with a chance to beat Pete's record. Is that on your mind at all?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, maybe obviously a little bit because I'm aware of the great things he achieved, being one title away from it, you're obviously aware of it because you also ask me the questions, and you're not the first one. But then again, you have to break it down and make it simple for yourself, trying to win the first round, being here, trying to defend the title before everything.

So I'm happy I'm back here playing, you know, healthy and everything, because that's always something sometimes you can't control, like with Rafa last year who couldn't come here and defend his title. I'm here, I get a chance, so that is great.

Q. You've spoken before about the belief you have when you're on the court. What was it like when you first realized that you could compete not just to win one Wimbledon championship but maybe more than anybody ever? What was that like for you to come to the realization you could win more Wimbledons than anybody ever?

ROGER FEDERER: I guess it comes by proving yourself in the bit smaller tournaments against fellow top players that you know you can beat them on a regular basis and that you have no issues really on a fitness standpoint, you know. I think once those things are in place, it's a matter of maybe day form on the day who plays better, who chose the better tactics, you know.

But early on, everything's a bit confusing because you know you're good, but you can't perform every single day at your best. I guess once I was able to win in 2003 here for the first time at Wimbledon, I knew I could do it basically week in, week out.

Q. And then the confidence that you developed that you could not just win one, two, three, but now Pete Sampras was quoted in today's paper as saying you might win eight, nine, even ten.

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, well, that's nice of him, you know, to say that (smiling). I don't feel pressure by him saying that because I've -- people already compared me to Sampras when I had no Grand Slams. I've done really well, considering the pressure I've always had surrounding me.

But obviously my game's made for grass. You know, since I came here as a junior and since I beat Pete here in 2001 and I won my first Wimbledon here in '03, I definitely think every time I play, I'll have a chance to win here, there's no doubt.

But we all know how hard it is to win Grand Slam titles. But I think with the experience I have on this surface, the experience can pull me through many matches actually maybe I would be struggling with.

Q. Pete, when he was playing, before the tournament sometimes would climb through the catacombs of Centre Court, stick his head out of one of the tunnels, take in the setting quietly, no one else around. Do you have any moments like that when you come back here that you sort of absorb the whole setting, what it all means?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah. I mean, it's much more calm here than at any other Grand Slam sort of the week prior to the tournament, obviously, because qualifying is at a different site. So the only people really you have on-site is the people, you know, sort of doing the finishing touches. It's nice and calming, the whole surroundings.

Just being on whatever court it is, Court 5 on practice, you look at Centre Court and the ivy and the watch, it's perfect, you know.

In the past I also have gone to see the trophy, gone and seen Centre Court. But I don't do it like every year it has to be the same way. I'm not very superstitious when it comes to those sort of things. If, all of a sudden, I go see the chairman, Tim Phillips, I might have a peek out to Centre Court. We'll see how it goes today. Maybe I'll do it.

Q. What does it mean to you after the clay court season to come back to Wimbledon as No. 2 and Rafa as No. 1? Does it change your expectations, add more pressure? How does it feel?

ROGER FEDERER: No, I mean, it doesn't change a whole lot, you know, because I don't think I can get my No. 1 ranking back anyway. It's about winning Wimbledon again. Mentally I didn't have any - how do you say - going crazy, you know, after my loss at the French. It was all digested very quickly. Played well in Halle. Here I am giving myself again a great opportunity to do well at Wimbledon.

Q. You've spoken about your trophy room at home.


Q. With the Wimbledon Cups, do you have them all lined up one after another? Are they set up in years?

ROGER FEDERER: What do you think (laughter)?

Q. I'd say probably lined up one alongside another.

ROGER FEDERER: There you go (laughter). All the US Opens, all the Wimbledons, they're all lined up next to each other. They almost go in a circle, so it's nice. I'm lucky enough to have won that many.

Q. You were a decent footballer in your youth. Did you watch the Switzerland-Spain game, get in touch with Rafa, and do you think that's a good omen?

ROGER FEDERER: About the omen, again, like I said, I'm not superstitious. This is something, again, very historic for Switzerland. We obviously haven't had the success, you know, on a soccer level that maybe we've had in tennis over the last 20 years.

But obviously this was a huge match. I watched it, of course. No, I didn't get in touch with Rafa because I'm not the type of person who rubs it in. We know the bad times can come by very quickly, very realistic. But obviously after a match like this, you're allowed also to start dreaming that you could go much further in the competition. I hope we can see as many matches as possible.

Q. Who is your favorite in the World Cup?

ROGER FEDERER: I think so far it's been hard to really go just purely with one team. First up, honestly I thought England had a very good chance. Now you never know what's going to happen there. It all comes down to the last match. Argentina, seems like they're solid. Holland are the first that's qualified I think right now.

No, I think Switzerland has the best chance, you know. That's how it looks like for the moment (smiling).

Q. Switzerland playing at 3:00 tomorrow and on Monday, how will that affect your preparations?

ROGER FEDERER: You think I'll just like leave the court at 3:00? That's not going to happen quite yet. Maybe I can install a little screen on Centre Court on the change of ends (smiling).

It's happened in the past that I've had to play matches during important things in my life. You know, kind of went on court last year many times thinking that Mirka was going to give birth to my children. That was a bit more, you know, crazy than Switzerland playing at 3 p.m. I still have a chance to maybe go see a little bit. But focus is always on my first-round match here, come through, see how much I can see of the game.

Q. What does the Swiss team mean to your country? How would you compare the prominence of football and tennis in your country?

ROGER FEDERER: Football is very big. We like the sports, as we do like skiing and ice hockey and tennis. I think those are the biggest sports in our country.

I just think sports, maybe you get more even behind obviously a national team, regardless of what sport it is, but especially soccer because it's the most global sport and the biggest sport we have.

It was nice seeing pictures with Switzerland, them seen going crazy over a win like this, because we all know we will talk about this for 20 years after this win against Spain, you know, because you're not very often in the World Cup and you only get maybe three matches to shine, and we were able to do it on the first one.

This was amazing. I wish them obviously all the best. It's great, a great start for us. Soccer is a very important sport in our country, yeah.

Q. What did it mean to you to have the opportunity to give something of a pep talk to the team a while back? What was that experience like?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, it was an unusual experience because I don't hold, let's say, speeches yet. Maybe one day I will, because I do already get offers saying I need to give motivation speeches to people, banks, whatever. So when Ottmar Hitzfeld, the coach, called me and said if I could just come in and meet the team, inspire them a bit, answer questions on how I handle the media, how I handle the pressure, see the guys a bit, I said, No problem. If my schedule allows it, I'm very happy to do that.

I came in. I don't think they've lost since. If it's 1% they give to me, that's great. But they were good enough themselves. They know it. I told them that. It's in their control, as well, to some degree. It was a good experience for me anyway and I'm happy it worked.

Q. Could you give England a pep talk?

ROGER FEDERER: They don't need one yet. It's in their control, so it's okay (smiling).

Q. How would you grade your first half of the year?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think it started great with playing so well in Australia, obviously. I really played some of the best tennis of my life. I've been disappointed I wasn't able to carry on. I know my game, my body and everything so well that I really expected to take off and just go on a tear on that.

Maybe the long infection did throw me back a bit, not having played so much through March and April. All of a sudden I went through three months only playing about five matches. Two of the matches I played there, I lost with match points really.

It hurt. It was disappointing. But I think I found my game again in Madrid. Played well there in Paris. In Halle I think the performances were good. That's why I'm confident for Wimbledon now.

Q. Any regrets on those match points? It left you one week short of Pete's record. Were you pleased for Pete to hold onto one record?

ROGER FEDERER: I'm so close, it's obviously a pity to some degree. At the same time I'm happy for Pete so he can keep it for the moment. If I get it back, it's even sweeter, you know. So I'll definitely try to do that.

I don't know if any of those match points would have changed the outcome of me staying world No. 1. But I think it's really the Australian Open that helped me keep it for so long.

Once the clay court season was going to come around, it was always logical that Rafa was going to pick up tournaments.

I don't know. I don't want to say nobody expected him to win all four. But I know his level of play on clay. It's supreme to anybody. So it was impressive to see how well he played. He deserves to be world No. 1 again.

Q. Since you beat Andy in Australia, he's had a real dip in form. Are you surprised by that? Do you still see him as a major contender for the title here?

ROGER FEDERER: Yes. I think regardless of what happened between here and the Australian Open, Andy is one of the big favorites for this tournament. It's been I think for me, for Djokovic and for Murray, you know, to some degree a bit of a disappointing sort of last few months. But I think Murray also played incredible tennis at the Australian Open.

So here we are again at Grand Slam play. You have to maybe ignore a little bit what happened in between and remember the last time you played a best-of-five set match. This is when he was very tough.

I think that's why maybe it favors the big guys. Andy's obviously one of them.

Q. What do you remember most about how you won against Roddick last year?

ROGER FEDERER: What do I remember most? His backhand he missed. My saving of the breakpoints in the fifth. My 50 aces. The match point. Holding up the trophy and being tired afterwards. Almost still today. That's about it.

Q. How much do you relish the increased competition, given that Rafa is here this year and he missed out last year? It's a great battle between the two of you. A lot of people saying Roger won it but Rafa wasn't here. Now everybody is here.

ROGER FEDERER: Del Potro is not here. So not everybody is here. There's always going to be somebody missing eventually down the stretch. Tennis is a tough sport. We'll always have injuries. Last year was a big blow because he was the defending champion. Sure, in some ways it makes it maybe easier to win, but at the same time you have more pressure, too. If you think about it, it doesn't make it any easier because pressure plays a huge part in our game.

Look, I'm happy he's back. I want him to play every tournament. I want the other guys to play as well because it's better for the game if we all face off, that there's more story, you know, for the sport. So I'm looking forward to an exciting Championship.

Q. You say injuries are always a part of it. You've had this incredible streak where you're always not just at the slams but making it far into it. Of all your records, how important is that one to you?

ROGER FEDERER: You mean, the semis streak?

Q. Yes.

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, big. Right now I look at it and say, Okay, it's been broken. It's a great number. But probably when I sit on the couch one day, I don't know, 20 years, I go back and think probably that was one of my incredible runs in the game. Very proud of it, of course.

Q. What would you say is most important to that? The durability?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, just being there, giving myself chances to win. Because I think once you're in the semis, you're only two matches away. I mean, I never got a walkover in the finals or the semis, but I've been there so many times. All of a sudden, you play your best, you go win a few. That's what I've been doing. Different surfaces around the world many years in a row. It seems like you only almost get one chance in a career to do that. So it's like if you miss it, you can't do it again because it just takes too much effort.

Q. After watching him in the clay court season, do you feel like Rafael has switched his game into a more offensive mood, picking his spots, more aggressive?

ROGER FEDERER: More aggressive? Hmm, I think he's always played somewhat aggressive on clay. I mean, it's his nature of play. Some think he plays defensive because he's got incredible passing shots. But on the offensive with his forehand, he can put it on a dime wherever he wants to do it.

We've seen him play aggressive in the past on hard courts and grass courts. I don't think he needs to prove himself anymore that he can play offensive. Otherwise he wouldn't have been able to win the Australian Open and, let's say, Wimbledon as well.

I felt like what I saw was the old classic Rafa on clay hardly losing sets and matches. That's what we got from him. That's why it's going to be incredibly hard to beat him here at Wimbledon.

Q. How do you think your game has changed since your first win in 2003?

ROGER FEDERER: Oh, well, many things have changed, I think. I've definitely become more fit, more experienced. My backhand's improved a lot. I think my serve overall has become more consistent. My second serve has always been good, but I just think overall so many things have become more consistent. I'm much more aware of everything around me.

Sometimes you just have to not forget not only play just the percentages all the time but also play aggressive like a junior. I'm always trying to combine all those things. I work extremely hard in the practice season to improve as a player. I think it's all paid off over the last six, seven years.

Q. Looking forward a bit, do you hope to be fighting for gold in London at 2012? What do you think of Wimbledon as an Olympic venue?

ROGER FEDERER: I think it's fantastic. Obviously with the history already here at Wimbledon, the Olympics are going to be held here, it's special.

Now I think obviously, you know, London is such a big city, an important city in the world, to host the Olympics I think is always great. It was going to be either London or Paris. Regardless, it would have been fantastic.

Obviously I have a great effect with Wimbledon. I'm really excited to be playing there and getting a chance to pick up maybe a singles gold.
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R. FEDERER/A. Falla 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 6-0

An interview with: ROGER FEDERER

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Roger, please.

Q. Nice escape, Roger. Did it occur to you at any point in that match you were going to lose?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, a few times (smiling). It's normal. He played well. Was it in the third I was down Love-40 in that one game? I'm not sure. That was the moment I felt was the toughest because if I wouldn't have come out of that game, I don't think I would have broken the next one. I had more belief I was going to break him in the fourth.

So it was a tough match, you know. He played really well and I struggled early on, but came through, which is most important.

Q. Why did you have more belief the second time?

ROGER FEDERER: I just felt I started to hit the ball better. Was an awkward break in the first game of the fourth. I should have never been broken there. But I started to feel my backhand was, you know, starting to be there.

I started to pick his serve much better, which has sort of always been the case every time I played him. Today, for some reason, I wasn't able to read his serve. That really rattled me.

So I had to look for that for a long time. Thank God I found it eventually.

Q. When you win matches like that, do you consider yourself more lucky, more good, winning on mind, or do you consider that the opponent was probably trembling a bit, weak? Mixed feelings?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think I've been unlucky enough this already this season, so I needed one lucky match. We'll see how important it is, depending on the run I go on now.

I've lost a few matches this season with match points, 7-5 or 7-6 in the third. This is definitely some kind of a match I kind of needed. You know, you can't win them all when they're that close, because they're being played on a couple of points here or there.

One thing for sure you can do is push the luck on your side. That's not something I have been doing maybe enough the last few months. I'm happy today I gave myself a chance. Maybe some think I should have never put myself in that position.

But he played well. He's unconventional. He doesn't look like much, but he definitely plays very solid and plays very uncomfortable. So I knew that from the start. I wasn't going to underestimate him even though I just beat him 6-1, 6-2 in Halle. I think he played terrific. He made it hard for me today.

Q. During your six-year streak of going far in majors, how many matches have you had like this, this early, where you felt as though you could lose?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, that's your job to find out the stats. It's not my job to remember (laughter).

But I don't think it's definitely happened in many years or ever that I've come back from two sets to Love down in a first round. So that's not the last six years, because I don't remember going through five sets in a first round. It was eventually going to happen. I'm happy, you know, I found a way to win today even though it was a tough match and a tough start for me, because he did offer me opportunities already in the first and second set which I wasn't able to take.

It was frustrating, to say the least. I hung tough and came through. So you have to look at the stats and find your story there.

Q. But how unusual were the feelings that you had during this match for you, especially here at Wimbledon?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, yeah, like I said, it hasn't happened I'm sure the last six years. So it's not something I'm used you.

You definitely feel, you know, uncomfortable because if you're used to being down the whole time your whole life, it's something that's kind of normal. For me it's not normal to be down two sets to Love, especially at Wimbledon, and early on in Grand Slams. It's something I'm not quite used to.

But still I was able to find a way. That's most important right now. Doesn't matter how I felt out there. Didn't feel great, that's for sure.

Q. How are you thinking about the rest of the tournament coming up?

ROGER FEDERER: Scores are set back to 0-0 when I start the match. That's a good thing. So we'll see how it goes.

Q. How do you think he was able to stay with you so well in the rallies? You said afterwards he neutralized you.

ROGER FEDERER: For those who saw the French Open match, he served for the set in the first set. People that obviously only remember straight sets don't remember I actually played him. He was playing really well there, as well, taking huge chances on second serves.

Obviously on clay that's even easier. It was slow. It was rainy. We had to come off the court once. I knew he could hang from the baseline.

In Halle, I think there were too many bad bounces so he couldn't work with his half volleys. I was really mixing it up well, playing well, reading his serve terrific. That was something that was different today.

But in Paris I did have feelings against him that he was very uncomfortable to play against, even though I think I've had probably the fastest match in my Grand Slam career against him here on Court 1, like in 55 minutes I was able to beat him. I think if you can overpower him, everything goes your way, he's a guy you can put away very quickly.

Once you get tangled up in the rallies, it's very difficult. He has a great forehand, good backhand, moves well. I think he's improved his serve, to be honest. He's a tough player. Great talent. Good junior before. He's got the right potential.

Q. How did you find the speed of the court?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, the thing here, there's no bad bounces. You can just stick at the baseline, half volley, not panic when a guy moves in. You can always flick it at the end. Obviously they're not the fastest courts anymore. Depends obviously how you play, as well.

If you've got a massive serve and you can just outright overpower a guy, then obviously it's fast. But a guy who is that agile at the baseline like Falla makes it very difficult to play against, because he can neutralize you, plays a flat ball, doesn't miss much. You've got to take chances. Today the chances I took were not working.

Q. You said the ability to learn never to panic helped you jump-start your champion career. Was there a moment where you sort of panicked today?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, sort of, 4-All, Love-40, yeah. I mean, I think also the points that leaded up to Love-40 were not very convincing for me. I think I missed a forehand, missed a backhand, maybe even started with a double-fault.

My whole game was sort of in disarray. I was just hoping that I get three quick serves to come back. But I had to come up with some passing shots, some scrambling shots. Didn't always get the first serve in.

There was definitely a bit of luck involved there, you know. It's normal when the chances he had, the way I came out of this match, you know, definitely got lucky. But that's how it goes sometimes.

Q. The momentum seemed to swing in the first set when it was 5-All. You had that distraction, you were about to serve. The ball boy came across. The umpire stopped the match.


Q. 5-All in the first set.

ROGER FEDERER: I don't remember what happened.

Q. You were about to serve.

ROGER FEDERER: Didn't I get a first serve because of it? Should have worked my way (laughter). I was about to hit -- it looked like it maybe, but I didn't take advantage of it because I think I was about to hit a second serve and I got a first serve, which is a good thing. But messed the first serve up, had to hit another second serve, like an idiot.

But, look, no, I don't remember that being any turning point. He played a good game. My serve was on and off. He took his chances well in the beginning.

Q. Any question of nerves because it's the first match? Was there a nervous factor?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, walking on down the corridor, onto Centre Court, sure, there's always nerves involved. I kind of want that, you know, because it means the world to me to open Centre Court. It's a dream for any player to play opening day on the perfect grass court. When I walked out for the warmup, I'm like, This court is amazing. I don't remember it ever being so perfect, you know.

Then once you get the first couple of service games underway, I think my first game was fine during the match, then it's fine. I wasn't particularly nervous once the match started. Just the regular.

Q. It looked like your level of energy was very low. Was that the feeling you had, too?

ROGER FEDERER: No, I mean, I was being calm because I knew I had to be concentrated on trying to read his game. And in the past actually I've always kind of struggled in the first set here at Wimbledon on opening day.

Many times I've been down a break in all the six or seven times I've opened the court. I've been down a couple times a break. I remember that going into the match. Maybe I was playing a little bit careful.

But I was playing the right way. I had a couple of breakpoint chances, everything looking fine. Then there was this one game at 5-All which then turned the match for me.

Q. Do you sense the crowd sort of panicking a bit for you?

ROGER FEDERER: Not too bad actually. I think, I mean, they were waiting for something to happen, for me to make my move. It's usually how the crowd is, you know, when I'm down. You know, I was happy I had a couple of good points to come back into the match. Then it was obviously thriller atmosphere, which was great for me, making him a little nervous, too.

I think I was able to go get the victory. He didn't just donate it to me. That also makes me feel good, because at the end I did play a great fifth set. Nobody will talk about that, I know. People will say he was tired, he choked already way before. I did play a great fifth set. I was able to read his serve. I was starting to play great with my backhand. Things were really clicking in the end.

Q. What carries over for you moving forward? That fifth set or the struggles earlier?

ROGER FEDERER: I think you got to be - how do you say - realistic saying like there was a big threat today. I did get lucky today. It's important to take - how do you say - the right things out of this match. There was positives and negatives, obviously. But then again every player, thank God, in some ways plays different.

The next guy is a righty, big-serving guy, nothing to do with the guy I played today. Because you struggle today doesn't mean you're going to struggle in the next match, too. Same thing if you win in straights; it doesn't mean you're going to win the next match in straights. That's just the way tennis is.

That's why you're happy sometimes you get over the finish line and have a chance to play much better maybe or play a different kind of a player. That's what I'm going to get for sure in the next round.

Q. Do you think it might have helped you to play him three times in a row?

ROGER FEDERER: It shouldn't have, no, especially after Halle. He should have known that I was going to beat him. But he forgot I beat him (smiling).

Look, he played a great match. I think he gave himself an incredible look. I told him at the net, I hope he's not too disappointed because I thought he played great. Maybe I didn't play obviously the match of my life, but I did play not bad myself at times. That normally is enough to go through in straight or in four sets, but he definitely pushed me. He was a very tough opponent.

Q. What's it like being a dad at Wimbledon?

ROGER FEDERER: Good. I can come back anytime. I'm a member. I can be a dad anytime at Wimbledon now. It's great being here with the kids and Mirka after last year's time where she was pregnant. It's nice to be back as a family. Even two, you guys didn't know that, so that's nice.
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