Roger answering fan questions for ATP China
translated from scarlett on Rf.com
Roger's Answers to Fans' Questions
(ATP Official Release)
Q: Roger, hello! From some old photos of yours I can see that you were once a ballboy. Do you think this experience in your childhood has some sort of help in your current tennis career?
回答 A：I remember very well when I was a ball kid at my home tournament in Basel. It was such a great experience to be able to see the very best players so close and learn from them, so that was important for me in my early stages.
Q: If, say, you didn't choose tennis, what profession would you like to do the most? You have mentioned that perhaps you would hang the racket after 6 years, but have you ever thought of what you would do after that? Do you want your daughters to become tennis players as well?
回答A：I still want to play tennis for a few years, I would like my daughters to see me play, now they are too young. I think I will be involved in tennis in some way in the future but it is early to think about that, I still have have a lot of things that I would like to achieve. I liked soccer very much when I was young so I could have become a professional player in soccer.
Q: What means more to you - the 5 consecutive Wimbledon Championships or the 5 consecutive USO Championships? You have to pick one.
回答A：They are both incredible achievements, Wimbledon is obviously such a great event, so special and my first title but what I did in New York is also very remarkable and important for me.
Q: Your career seems to be quite perfect after you completed Career Grand Slam. Many have doubted that you still have motivation playing forward, and that you might choose to retire. You have stated many times that you still have motivation in tennis and it still excites you. I want to ask what is the source of your motivation? Is it your love to tennis or your happy family? It seems to your present state, it's more a enjoyment to play in a tournament, is this enjoyment more than the desire of winning competition?
回答A：I love tennis and it is not difficult to be motivated, I always want to be the best I can be. Having a family now and having my wife and daughters travelling with me everywhere, it contributes to me having a balanced life.
Q: China is a familiar place to you, but only in Master Cups it seems, because you have fond memories from winning the Master Cups, and you have the pities of losing a few as well. You have your glory moment of winning the Olympic Gold, and you have the moment of calmness when you are wearing a Chinese traditional outfit facing the camera. I would like to know, is there still anything else you would like to learn about China? About Chinese women tennis break-through, do you like to comment a bit on Chinese men's tennis? If I might remind you, you have over 100 million fans in China by count. Thank you!
回答A：I love playing in China, I played my first year-end event in 2002 and kept coming back. I would love to learn a few words in Chinese, I love speaking languages. The Chinese women have already made their mark at the top level and I am sure that the men will have more and more success. It is just a matter of time and experience.
Q: Hi Federer, I have a question for you. The gap between players in men's pro tennis is getting smaller, it is particularly important for a player to play well on key points. How would you enhance your focus while you are playing key points, especially when your opponent has 2 or even 3 breakpoints against you? Your fans seem to be much more stressed than yourself.
回答A：You can never lose your focus or get down on yourself, you always have to stay strong no matter what the score is. Competition doesn’t get any easier.
Q: As a top world athlete, what kind of change your new coach Annacone brought to you? At your age, perhaps it's unlikely that you are going to reinvent your strategy, so what type of direction your coach is giving you on stretegy part? And what kind of effect it has on you mentally?
You are already the GOAT, how much motivation of winning a title do you have? Where is that motivation coming from?
回答A：Paul is a very nice guy and he's very calm and has experience as a player as well as a coach. It is good to hear a different, fresh opinion on how I need to handle myself both from a tactical and a mental standpoint.
Of course, if I did not have the motivation, I would not be playing.
Q: Could you describe a bit of your daily life? When you have a match and don't have a match? (e.g. what time do you get up, eat breakfast, training, bed time, any other entertainments that are non tennis related?
回答A：It is a normal life when I am away from tournaments, I need to practice and work on my fitness but I get to spend more time with my family which is fantastic. Luckily they travel with me so whenever I have a break from my tournament routine, I am with them.
Q: Although there aren't any young players (born after 1990) in top 100, as the King of Tennis, I bet you concern about the next generation as well. Amongst those young players named Ryan Harrison, Nishikori Kei, Devin Britton or even Maron Fusovics, do you think any of those could be "King" in the future?
回答A：Yes, for sure those players will be at the top one day. It is probably a bit more difficult to break through now because the game has become more physical and players reach the top at a slightly older age than before.
Q:We always write to Federer (address) and sometimes we received a reply with the autographed Federerbear. I want to ask, do you actually read your fans' letters sometimes? Do you think the letters/comments could help you in some way?
回答A：I like to read what my fans write, especially on my facebook profile, I wish I could read and respond to them all! Of course it is important to have their support and I do appreciate the fact that I have been voted the fans’ favourite player on the ATP web site the last few years.