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Re: Sorry players' interviews. Death of Tennis Mourning Thread.

Pretty sad when no one accepts that anyone within the top 20 could win a Slam...
I'm sure the McEnroes and Mary Carillo ARE CRYING.

Will Roger Federer ever beat the French?

June 19, 2006 — - PARIS -- Part of the mystique of Roger Federer is
his deadly aplomb. Sometimes, in moments of duress, you wonder if
there is a pulse.

On Sunday, Federer lost the French Open final to Rafael Nadal in four
sets. Afterward, he was uncharacteristically cranky. Asked about the
second set, which he lost after winning the first with ease, he
replied, "You didn't watch the match?"

He was almost curt, approaching surly. And he never answered the

Federer appeared hugely disappointed with the result -- as well he
should be. He had viable opportunities to take control of the second,
third and even the fourth set, but failed in every case. After winning
three consecutive Grand Slams (2005 Wimbledon, 2005 U.S. Open and 2006
Australian Open), Federer fell short in his bid to win four straight.

Will he ever win the French?

"We'll see," he said shrugging. "It's obviously my goal, yes, to win
this event. And it only gives me more [drive] to try to win this. I
got a step closer once again from last year. I think in every year
that goes by, gives me again more maturity on this surface."

Sifting his results at Roland Garros, you can make a reasonable case
for a breakthrough in 2007 or, perhaps, 2008. Federer reached the
semifinals here for the first time a year ago, but Nadal knocked him
out of the tournament. He reached the final, which, for any other
player, would have constituted a remarkable achievement.

Not for Federer. And as long as Nadal -- four years younger, stronger
and far more confident on clay -- is in his way, it will be difficult.

Federer is 24 years old and he no longer cries when he loses. He was
asked afterward why he didn't look more disappointed.

"I've had worse than this," he said. "I'm in a different stage of my
career now than I used to be, where every loss was, yeah, another
world. That's not the case anymore because I tried hard and know I
left everything out there.

"He's tough to beat, but not impossible to beat. That's a big
difference. Otherwise, we wouldn't have to play. He can just lift the
trophy on the first day."

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