all right i'm sure I'm going to miss Arobics one again but I just have to translate it for ya....
Now you are the greatest
interview by Robert Kittel
The swiss tennischampion roger Federer about - ooopppssss already took my english dictionary home - Selbstüberschätzung = hmmm what would that be to juge oneself higer than you actualy are oh well hope you guys get it anyway
the evening befor a final and his cow
Since the 22year old Balser won Wimbledon as the first swiss last year the media and the people whant to know it exactly: How do you spell his hristian name, how many seconds where there between the Matchball in the final and the first tear? Eight seconds and becouse his mother is from South Africa he's called Rodscher (the english way) and not Roschee (the french way). The swiss prefere to call him "Mega-Star" anyway. When he turned up to the interview in Zürich, despite it there was no helicopter landing with bodyguards around, Federer arrives with his girlfriend Mirka and eats pasta from a plasticcontainer.
Doesn't have a tennisprofessional have to take care what he's eating??
Sure. That's why we'r eating Pasta. Earlier I was a vegeterian. For a year I've been eating more meat again. Earlier I lost more often than today. Therefore I stick to the meat.
You were, they say, also a good soccer player once. Why did you change the field?
Right with 12, 13 years I did in fact play a lot of soccer - not that bad. But Soccer is a team sport. In tennis I'm responsible for my own. That's an huge advantage. One's working on its own mistakes without beeing - abhänging there I miss the dictionary again
hmmm having to relay on a team I guess would be the best
Are fit tennisplayers fitter than fit soccerplayers?
Hmmm good question. Never asked thatone myself. Soccerplayer don't need to play every day and when they play it's only for 90 minutes, 120 with the prolongation. But we soccerplayers are sometimes standing each day for at least two hours on the court. With 5 set matches even 3 or 4 hours.
With breath and muscels alone Wimbledon can't be won. But?
I had been training hard, sure what else. And: I've in 2001, two years before my win, in this very tournament beaten the seven time Wimbledon Champion Pete Sampras in the quarters (pssst Roger it was in the Round of 16 but we'll forgive you this mistake
) and been thinking then: "Man now you are the greatest" Then two days later I lost to Tim Henman pretty clear. That was something I had to work on. To kick a big one out of a tournement isn't enough. One has to be able to deal with such succes the right way. I believe without this experience I wouldn't have won last year.
What does the evening before the most important tennisfinal of the world look like?
I've hired then together with my Coach and my girlfriend an appartement direcly in Wimbledon and we tried to make everything as normal as possible. Som friends of mine came especially to Londen. Then we've been cooking Pasta at home, I've been drinking a lot of water and relaxed a little bitt. Massage, fresh air and went to bed early. I even slept pretty quick. Unfortunately that's not always the case before an important match.
Björn Borg, the 5 time Wombledon winner said, that during a match he's only thinking about the next point, never on about what could happen when he loses a set. Can you do this as well?
One's trying it. But it's not always working. At least not with me and not with the other guys I kow on the tour either. Of course one get cought how one thinks about the trophy ceremony or how one is going to celebrate when the game is oer. I think in Wimbledon I had myself pretty good under control. Maybe I was also nerous to think about the kneefall or about athe milions of spectators. At my Masters win against Andre Agassi in November at the other hand during the rain delay I was thinking a few times about the trophy.
How much has wimbledon changed your life?
Like it's always said so nice: It was like in a film. Your still busy to realise your success and all of a sudden the whole world is interrested in you. I still remember how the organiser of the tournament in Gstaad, which followed just after Wimbledon, tried everything to get me back to Switzerland in time.
Did he fetsh you with an helicopter?
No. But almost. Bernie Ecclestone, who spends part of his time in Gstaad, offered spontanos to provide one of his two privatjets. But then both of them have already been occupied somewhere else. at the end I flew to Switzerland with an other privatplane, otherwise I would have missed my match. That's been a sensetional feeling yeah it was.
Now you have arrived in the world of glamour. Great?
yes great - and no. I find this life quit interesting, but I stayed on earth I believe at least. My girlfriend and I are living in an unspectacular appartement near my hometown Basel. within Europe I fly economy and I still prefere to play tennis than to show up at price giving ceremonies and my collections of cars you can count on two fingers - it contains from a won Cabrio - yes we know the one from Munic last year
- and a bought sportscar - don't we know that one too
. But I have to admitt that in the mountains of Gstaad I own a very luxory cow.
Excuse me Mr. Federer did I just hear cow?
Cow yes. You did hear right. This cow they gave me after my Wimbledon win. She's called Juliette and is very beautiful. Juliette was already one a fashion show for cows and there she turned up with a Roger-Federer bandana around her head!!
wish there would be a pic of that hehehe