Re: Players' Comment on Roger
Rusedski on Federer in the AUSOPEN 2005.
Q. You're one of the better students of the game among the players. How do you measure how well Roger is playing right now?
GREG RUSEDSKI: I think he right now is playing better than anybody I've ever played, from Sampras to Agassi. I mean, in Doha, he wasn't even at full tilt yet and he was pretty phenomenal because there's not really a noticeable weakness. I think Pete had a better serve than Roger does, but Roger disguises it very well and builds the point. He can come forward, he can stay back.
I think Roger, if he continues the way he's playing now, can go down as maybe the greatest player to ever play the game. That's hard to say, considering I played most of my tennis during the Sampras era, which everybody said there's nobody that's going to come along and do what he accomplished.
Q. Is there anything that strikes you and makes you go "Wow"?
GREG RUSEDSKI: His backhand used to be a weakness; now it's a weapon. His return of serve, I think he's one of the best return‑of‑serve players in the world. And he can basically do everything.
I think the only way to come at Roger is to come at him and just serve and volley and try to knock him off the court with big serving and just try to come forward. But he's handling every sort of tennis at the moment extremely well.
Q. What about the mental side? That seemed to be a weakness years ago.
GREG RUSEDSKI: I don't think there's any weakness there. I've never seen a No. 1 so relaxed and so well‑liked by all the players. I think he's a great guy, a great world No. 1, a great ambassador for the game. I think the players have nothing but respect for him.