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Federer's Post-Match Interview

tennisgal_001
01-25-2008, 11:36 AM
A few bits and pieces:

Q. What made the difference, Roger?

ROGER FEDERER: But I think he made the more important points today. It was a bit unfortunate for me, but he did play well and served really well when he had to.

Q. He played very well, obviously. But do you think your standard was as high as it always has been?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, look, I told you, it depends a lot on day form. You can't always, you know, play your best or, you know, the opponent doesn't always play the same way either.

There's no doubt I've played better in my life. That's for sure, you know. I've not been really serving like the way I wanted to, you know, maybe the last few matches. But maybe served too many aces against Tipsarevic, so I didn't have any more left (smiling).

Look, it happens. But he covered the court well. He didn't give me much. So that obviously played a role in the way I played tonight. But, you know, I wasn't completely satisfied.

Q. Do you look back now and think about the preparation a couple weeks ago and the illness? Was that having a lingering effect at all on your game throughout this tournament?

ROGER FEDERER: Look, I don't know, seriously. I'll definitely reflect on what happened. You know, I mean, considering, you know, my illness, I'm sort of happy with the result here.

Of course, I've created a monster, so I know I need to always win every tournament. But semis is still, you know, pretty good. But, yeah, I'll analyze and see if I have to make changes for next year. But, honestly, I think I did play pretty good.

I didn't play my best throughout the championships, but it was pretty solid, so it was okay.


Q. You don't really feel like you've created a monster, do you?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, some sort of, yeah.


Q. Can you elaborate on that?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, winning every other week, you know, lose a set and people say I'm playing bad. So it's my own mistake, I guess.


Full Interview: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2008-01-25/200801251201262265115.html

VolandriFan
01-25-2008, 11:41 AM
Q. Can you elaborate on that?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, winning every other week, you know, lose a set and people say I'm playing bad. So it's my own mistake, I guess.

So it's more important to be critique free than to win tournaments? :eek:

scoobs
01-25-2008, 11:42 AM
So it's more important to be critique free than to win tournaments? :eek:
Yeah I'm sorry your diamond shoes are too tight, Roger.

Honestly..

:)

BlakeJamitis
01-25-2008, 11:43 AM
these interviews after emotional losses are always interesting

Herdwick
01-25-2008, 11:45 AM
A little ungracious I felt but can't really blame him for it. He must be gutted...

Cat123
01-25-2008, 11:46 AM
But maybe served too many aces against Tipsarevic, so I didn't have any more left (smiling).

:lol: :hug: I'm ecstatic Novak won, but I do kinda like Federer, in a grudging kind of way. Even when he's not playing his best he's still incredible, and he seems like a nice man. I don't think he's nearly as modest as he likes people to think he is though! :devil: ;)

Commander Data
01-25-2008, 11:47 AM
Q. Do you feel you were moving as well as you usually do?

ROGER FEDERER: No, I don't. I didn't think I was moving that great, you know.

Or Levy
01-25-2008, 11:48 AM
He gave a sound presser, calm and collected. Didn't sound too emotional, which was a relief.

I've heard worse for him after a difficult loss (Rome 2006, Losing to Berdych in the Olympics, now that was a terse and upset presser).

The reporters were nice to him, I thought.

tennisgal_001
01-25-2008, 11:48 AM
Yeah I'm sorry your diamond shoes are too tight, Roger.

Honestly..

:)

Well when you set the standard as high as he did, nothing short of the subliminal is ever good enough. He has a point, but it doesn't apply in this case.

Aloimeh
01-25-2008, 11:49 AM
Federer is only "humble" and "modest" when he wins. When he loses, he turns it a mean-spirited Serena Williams of the ATP.

MissMelly2U
01-25-2008, 11:49 AM
A little ungracious I felt but can't really blame him for it. He must be gutted...

Not the most gracious interview, but certainly not unsportsmanlike. He did say that Novak played well. What is he supposed to do, thank Novak for giving him the beatdown?

MissMelly2U
01-25-2008, 11:50 AM
Federer is only "humble" and "modest" when he wins. When he loses, he turns it a mean-spirited Serena Williams of the ATP.

Reading comprehension is not your strong suit, I see :retard:

scoobs
01-25-2008, 11:51 AM
Not the most gracious interview, but certainly not unsportsmanlike. He did say that Novak played well. What is he supposed to do, thank Novak for giving him the beatdown?
True

What worries me is this constant delusion that Djokovic and his ilk haven't improved.

They have, massively. Unless he analyses that and tries to combat it, he will be doomed to the same mistakes.

FNT
01-25-2008, 11:52 AM
Federer is only "humble" and "modest" when he wins. When he loses, he turns it a mean-spirited Serena Williams of the ATP.

He's not making excuses. He's saying that he sucked. Just like Roddick did after that loss to Fed in 2007. He's not gonna spill his guts for all of us to see. The guy is being pretty realistic and collected. He's saying the right stuff - just look, he lost a semifinal and half of MTF is showing up for the funeral.
He gives Djoke a lot of credit as well. What's mean about that? ah... forget it.

DDrago2
01-25-2008, 11:52 AM
funny how patronising the journalists sounded, that was compeltely unecessary I think

FEderer sounded very neutral to me, like nothing too bad happened

Bibberz
01-25-2008, 11:53 AM
You're right--Rome '06 was something else. That was just an "emotional" clay court season for him.


He gave a sound presser, calm and collected. Didn't sound too emotional, which was a relief.

I've heard worse for him after a difficult loss (Rome 2006, Losing to Berdych in the Olympics, now that was a terse and upset presser).

The reporters were nice to him, I thought.

JediFed
01-25-2008, 11:54 AM
What worries me is this constant delusion that Djokovic and his ilk haven't improved.

They have, massively. Unless he analyses that and tries to combat it, he will be doomed to the same mistakes.


He hasn't.

You seriously believe Fed's level there was the same at USO?

avocadoe
01-25-2008, 11:54 AM
I think he was more than gracious enough so soon after a major disappointment. He'll be plenty aggressive next time out. I didn't see the first set which had the tell tale sign of the night, dropping serve while serving at 5-3. It's a symptom that comes and goes with Roger., lsoing big points, or important moments. He'll get over it again, and be a monster :) what's he supposed to do, he said ND played great! He's not his mother :)

scoobs
01-25-2008, 11:56 AM
He hasn't.

You seriously believe Fed's level there was the same at USO?
Djokovic has improved massively in the last nine months, yes, and he has improved since the US Open.

Clearly he's worked on some things in the off season and the experience and confidence of last year has help to tighten his game up too.

guga2120
01-25-2008, 11:56 AM
He hasn't.

You seriously believe Fed's level there was the same at USO?

Yes it was, but Novak played better.

tennisgal_001
01-25-2008, 11:57 AM
Federer is only "humble" and "modest" when he wins. When he loses, he turns it a mean-spirited Serena Williams of the ATP.

Geez, what are you expecting him to say? "Thanks Djokovic for not breadsticking me in the second set" :rolleyes:

He sounded alright. He just lost one of the most important matches of his career. He gave credit to Djokovic and also reflected on his own performance, which really was poor at times. There's nothing wrong with that.

Bibberz
01-25-2008, 11:57 AM
Yeah, I don't ever remember him serving this well--especially on big points.

Djokovic has improved massively in the last nine months, yes, and he has improved since the US Open.

Clearly he's worked on some things in the off season and the experience and confidence of last year has help to tighten his game up too.

Or Levy
01-25-2008, 11:58 AM
He's not making excuses. He's saying that he sucked. Just like Roddick did after that loss to Fed in 2007. He's not gonna spill his guts for all of us to see. The guy is being pretty realistic and collected. He's saying the right stuff - just look, he lost a semifinal and half of MTF is showing up for the funeral.
He gives Djoke a lot of credit as well. What's mean about that? ah... forget it.


They funeral? They showed up for thee post-mortem, with knives at hand.

MissMelly2U
01-25-2008, 11:59 AM
True

What worries me is this constant delusion that Djokovic and his ilk haven't improved.

They have, massively. Unless he analyses that and tries to combat it, he will be doomed to the same mistakes.


I agree to some extent. I think Novak's ground game has improved some, but not too drastically. He has always been a fine ball striker. What really has improved the most is his mental acuity and toughness. Fed just can't expect Novak to miss the mark under the pressure now.

He needs to worry about playing with more of a sense of urgency. His casual play is costing him matches.

JediFed
01-25-2008, 12:00 PM
Djokovic has improved massively in the last nine months, yes, and he has improved since the US Open.


In the last year? Without a doubt. US Open? I'm not so sure. Some balls bounce differently here and we have a much different scoreline.


Clearly he's worked on some things in the off season and the experience and confidence of last year has help to tighten his game up too.


No question his confidence is greater. But in terms of his shots? He caught quite a few breaks. If I was Nole, I'd be thanking my lucky stars I got out of there in 3 against Fed.

Sagacious
01-25-2008, 12:04 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080125/capt.xmel18901251200.australia_open_tennis_xmel189 .jpg

I feel sorry for Fed now! :(

Chiseller
01-25-2008, 12:05 PM
What do you expect from federer? he's a winner, a true champ, they are all egocentric, some more some less. We all are actually and we need it to survive. The big champs have a lot of it else they wouldn't be at the top. Federer is one of the more gracious guys though.


Q. Do you think he'll go on and win the final now?

ROGER FEDERER: I don't care really.

classy :worship:

tcorinna
01-25-2008, 12:09 PM
They funeral? They showed up for thee post-mortem, with knives at hand.

:haha: Well .... this is life ... you lose ... you win ... one thing is certain ...

ROGER FEDERER IS THE BEST

... even if he loses from time to time

sooo ....

:worship::worship::worship:ROGER FEDERER :worship::worship::worship:

Avid Merrion
01-25-2008, 12:12 PM
dang, Roger says "you know" rather a lot. it's almost Capriati-esque, you know? :lol:

Baghdatis72
01-25-2008, 12:16 PM
Fed realized that his complete dominance is over now and the time when everyone choked against him and gave him the match is over. He knew that this time would come and now he's just trying to not make a big deal out of it.

Dimonator133
01-25-2008, 12:16 PM
funny how patronising the journalists sounded, that was compeltely unecessary I think

FEderer sounded very neutral to me, like nothing too bad happened

in the words of Andy Roddick:

"Do you have ears? Are they connected to your head? If so, use them."

tennisgal_001
01-25-2008, 12:16 PM
dang, Roger says "you know" rather a lot. it's almost Capriati-esque, you know? :lol:

you know, no? :lol:

Dimonator133
01-25-2008, 12:17 PM
He hasn't.

You seriously believe Fed's level there was the same at USO?

um yes. They both played mediocre at best at the UO. Djoker played at least four times as better here.

tennizen
01-25-2008, 12:21 PM
Djoko's interview is up. Fed didn't need to praise him. He did it all himself:lol:

Baghdatis72
01-25-2008, 12:21 PM
Djoko's interview is up. Fed didn't need to praise him. He did it all himself:lol:

:tape: :lol:

Shabazza
01-25-2008, 12:21 PM
dang, Roger says "you know" rather a lot. it's almost Capriati-esque, you know? :lol:

Indeed. It's always been this way though, you know. ;)

Or Levy
01-25-2008, 12:23 PM
And that's classy?

"Q: I think Kuerten was the last player who won three sets to love with Federer, but I don't remember ever Federer losing four times his serve in five consecutive games. When he was up 5‑3 he lost on the 10th game, the 12th game. Then he lost again on the fourth game of the second set and then again on the fifth. Do you think that it was that you were serving pretty well or that he wasn't serving that well?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Do I need to say anything else? Stats say it all. I was intending to be from the start aggressive, especially on his second serve. And, you know, I was well‑prepared for the match. You know, if he wasn't serving, of course he had problems, he was struggling with the serve. Why? Because I made a lot of pressure. It's not because he was struggling."

If he think Roger wasn't struggling, he's deluding himself.



You know, if you put pressure on somebody it's not easy to maintain the consistency of the serve.

HNCS
01-25-2008, 12:28 PM
i just think he's honest. i mean seriously guys.....

tangerine_dream
01-25-2008, 12:29 PM
When it comes to post match interviews it's a shame Roger can't be as graceful in defeat as Rafa. :awww:

Aloimeh
01-25-2008, 12:29 PM
And that's classy?

"Q: I think Kuerten was the last player who won three sets to love with Federer, but I don't remember ever Federer losing four times his serve in five consecutive games. When he was up 5‑3 he lost on the 10th game, the 12th game. Then he lost again on the fourth game of the second set and then again on the fifth. Do you think that it was that you were serving pretty well or that he wasn't serving that well?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Do I need to say anything else? Stats say it all. I was intending to be from the start aggressive, especially on his second serve. And, you know, I was well‑prepared for the match. You know, if he wasn't serving, of course he had problems, he was struggling with the serve. Why? Because I made a lot of pressure. It's not because he was struggling."

If he think Roger wasn't struggling, he's deluding himself.



You know, if you put pressure on somebody it's not easy to maintain the consistency of the serve.

No, it's completely classless and totally arrogant. I've seen shades of this arrogance before, but this is really too much. Part of me would now like to see him lose.

bokehlicious
01-25-2008, 12:30 PM
Shut up Tangy :zzz:

Shabazza
01-25-2008, 12:30 PM
Let the "post-match-presser-war" begin. :armed: :devil:
Seriously, I don't think Federer nor Djokovic were over the top. It's an emotional moment for both of them (esp. Djokovic) so I don't care if one is praising himself and the other sounds a bit grumpy. I would act the same.

scoobs
01-25-2008, 12:33 PM
Let the "post-match-presser-war" begin. :armed: :devil:
Seriously, I don't think Federer nor Djokovic were over the top. It's an emotional moment for both of them (esp. Djokovic) so I don't care if one is praising himself and the other sounds a bit grumpy. I would act the same.
True enough.

mangoes
01-25-2008, 12:33 PM
And that's classy?

"Q: I think Kuerten was the last player who won three sets to love with Federer, but I don't remember ever Federer losing four times his serve in five consecutive games. When he was up 5‑3 he lost on the 10th game, the 12th game. Then he lost again on the fourth game of the second set and then again on the fifth. Do you think that it was that you were serving pretty well or that he wasn't serving that well?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Do I need to say anything else? Stats say it all. I was intending to be from the start aggressive, especially on his second serve. And, you know, I was well‑prepared for the match. You know, if he wasn't serving, of course he had problems, he was struggling with the serve. Why? Because I made a lot of pressure. It's not because he was struggling."

If he think Roger wasn't struggling, he's deluding himself.



You know, if you put pressure on somebody it's not easy to maintain the consistency of the serve.


Ah!! There's the Nole we all love........



If Nole thinks his fantastic play was solely responsible for winning this match, then he is seriously as delusional as his parents. The reason most, including myself, expected him to win is because Roger has been playing like crap. This match doesn't fall within the realm of "too good" as did the Nadal/Tsonga match. Rarely do I get into making excuses for Roger's losses over on GM. But realistically, Roger played like crap.

Furthermore, given his loss was to Nole, I'm happy he wasn't more "humble" in his interview. I really wish Blake had won their QF match.

Best of Luck to Tsonga. I will be cheering for him.

tennizen
01-25-2008, 12:35 PM
Djokovic's interview doesnt really make me mad but I do find his talking expansively about himself quite hilarious. It's his moment though and its understandable.

Shabazza
01-25-2008, 12:37 PM
When it comes to post match interviews it's a shame Roger can't be as graceful in defeat as Rafa. :awww:

That's bullshit and you know it. Rafa never had the slightest chance, while Roger did serve for the first set and had multiple setpoints and BP's in the 3rd. He can't say he was totally outplayed and never could've changed the outcome, regardless what he'd do. Because, that's just not true
Stop compairing aples and oranges.

Btw.way to go to involve Nadal in this thread. :rolleyes:

my0118
01-25-2008, 12:38 PM
Ah!! There's the Nole we all love........

If Nole thinks his fantastic play was solely responsible for winning this match, then he is seriously as delusional as his parents. The reason most, including myself, expected him to win is because Roger has been playing like crap. This match didn't fall within the realm of "too good" as did the Nadal/Tsonga match. Rarely do I get into making excuses for Roger's losses over on GM. But realistically, Roger played like crap.

Best of Luck to Tsonga. I will be cheering for him.

Well I think so too. But it can't be his excuse. If he plays Novak, he needs his top level, which he didn't.
Nole is really delusional himself, but I think this makes him being where he's now.

Skyward
01-25-2008, 12:50 PM
:zzz:

Now imagine if RFK, FitDave, Jogy, Rogiman, Sawan, Fedtroll_2007 had to give interviews every week...

Chiseller
01-25-2008, 12:53 PM
lets see what hes going to say after Jo steamrolled him, har har.

Bomaye! Bomaye! :rocker2:

Rogiman
01-25-2008, 12:54 PM
:zzz:

Now imagine if RFK, FitDave, Jogy, Rogiman, Sawan, Fedtroll_2007 had to give interviews every week...I would rock! :rocker2:

There would be no PC BS in my interviews, I would swear, joke, take the piss, sing, it would be more of a Hugo Chavez kind of thing!

Corey Feldman
01-25-2008, 12:55 PM
Is this us starting with the Fed interviews after he's lost again?

I must be missing something when ppl are supposed to be jumping for joy in a presser when they lose therefore deserved to be called a sulk/bad loser/ all the rest

:retard:

CassL
01-25-2008, 01:01 PM
Fed has always been ungracious after he loses. Nothing new.

Skyward
01-25-2008, 01:03 PM
I would rock! :rocker2:

There would be no PC BS in my interviews, I would swear, joke, take the piss, sing, it would be more of a Hugo Chavez kind of thing!

Never in doubt. ;) When are you going to post pics of youself running around naked at your workplace (Nadal's loss celebration)?

Milaneli
01-25-2008, 01:06 PM
That is true. Contrast to Hewit, Ferrer, Nadal who was so gracious after theres defeats.

Rommella
01-25-2008, 01:13 PM
I think some people need to go over the presser text again. Roger said Nole played the big points well. He also recognized that he (Federer) could have played better. What is ungracious about that?

stebs
01-25-2008, 01:15 PM
I think it is a fine interview, I'm kind of missing where he is ungracious? Funny how when it is put to poll people swear they like hearing honest interviews but when push comes to shove they can't deal with them.

switz
01-25-2008, 01:17 PM
anyone who wants to find something significantly negative from that interview is an idiot. I think Roger can come off a bit arrogant at times (perhaps unintentionally) but this was an intelligent interview and he gave plenty of credit to an opponent i'm sure he could have found a few bad things to say about.

Rogiman
01-25-2008, 01:18 PM
I think it is a fine interview, I'm kind of missing where he is ungracious? Funny how when it is put to poll people swear they like hearing honest interviews but when push comes to shove they can't deal with them.That's because globalization and political-correctedness ahve taken over the world, and in many places (most notably USA) children are taught that what they say is more important than what they actually think/do.

Corey Feldman
01-25-2008, 01:18 PM
think some people need to go over the presser text again. Roger said Nole played the big points well. He also recognized that he (Federer) could have played better. What is ungracious about that?Check the flags of the moaning posters

Serbs and Yanks

nothing more needs to be said.

these are the same Serbs who flipped theyre lid when i was baffled why Nole's mother would say he is better than Federer after losing 0-3 in the US Open final last year.

sawan66278
01-25-2008, 01:25 PM
Roger's disdain for Mr. Diaperich is clearly apparent. The man, and I believe justifiably, looks at the family as the living embodiment of classless behavior. What can you say about an athlete, when he allows his entourage to wear his name spelled out on their chests? Roger is one of the nicest athletes around; its takes A LOT to get under his skin. Congratulations to the Djokovic clan: you actually managed to get an individual of Roger's class to dislike you.:rolleyes:

For Roger to say that he is not even interested in watching the final. That statement says it all.

Milaneli
01-25-2008, 01:30 PM
/Serbs and Yanks/ by Escude

You will never have so many talents as we do. We have three finals just at this tournament. Novak was better in US Open final, just like Federer was better in Montreal. And both lose. So what? It is not correct to be said? Or what? You hate Serbs?

stebs
01-25-2008, 01:30 PM
That's because globalization and political-correctedness ahve taken over the world, and in many places (most notably USA) children are taught that what they say is more important than what they actually think/do.

Well yes, I don't relly mind if people can't deal with it, I just find it hypocritical that in the thread asking whether they liked honesty or PC answers prety much everyone says they like to hear the real thing. It's not the case in reality though.

horseman
01-25-2008, 01:30 PM
:lol:
Interview is O.K., no need to discus a lot about that. The only answer I don't like is one about finale - "I don't care..." It's honest, but no one asked him that. He should say "I don't know" or something...

MissMelly2U
01-25-2008, 01:37 PM
:lol:
Interview is O.K., no need to discus a lot about that. The only answer I don't like is one about finale - "I don't care..." It's honest, but no one asked him that. He should say "I don't know" or something...

:lol: at his comment. I think that by the time the final actually comes on he will care, at least some considering how much he loves tennis. But at the moment of this presser, I think he was distraught and sulking a bit.

bokehlicious
01-25-2008, 01:43 PM
You will never have so many talents as we do.

:tape: :tape: :tape:

theDreamer
01-25-2008, 02:02 PM
I think it is a fine interview, I'm kind of missing where he is ungracious? Funny how when it is put to poll people swear they like hearing honest interviews but when push comes to shove they can't deal with them.

Thank you.:worship:

Well yes, I don't relly mind if people can't deal with it, I just find it hypocritical that in the thread asking whether they liked honesty or PC answers prety much everyone says they like to hear the real thing. It's not the case in reality though.

Yep, hit the nail right on the head.:yeah:

dino
01-25-2008, 02:15 PM
Roger's disdain for Mr. Diaperich is clearly apparent. The man, and I believe justifiably, looks at the family as the living embodiment of classless behavior. What can you say about an athlete, when he allows his entourage to wear his name spelled out on their chests? Roger is one of the nicest athletes around; its takes A LOT to get under his skin. Congratulations to the Djokovic clan: you actually managed to get an individual of Roger's class to dislike you.:rolleyes:

For Roger to say that he is not even interested in watching the final. That statement says it all.
I like that. You are funny!

I thought those people in his box are quite irritating. They appeared to be like chanting " Kill him, kill him " the whole time.

alfonsojose
01-25-2008, 02:33 PM
Roger's disdain for Mr. Diaperich is clearly apparent. The man, and I believe justifiably, looks at the family as the living embodiment of classless behavior. What can you say about an athlete, when he allows his entourage to wear his name spelled out on their chests? Roger is one of the nicest athletes around; its takes A LOT to get under his skin. Congratulations to the Djokovic clan: you actually managed to get an individual of Roger's class to dislike you.:rolleyes:

For Roger to say that he is not even interested in watching the final. That statement says it all.

:haha: :haha: That NOLE thing was :help:

Winston's Human
01-25-2008, 02:41 PM
Roger's disdain for Mr. Diaperich is clearly apparent. The man, and I believe justifiably, looks at the family as the living embodiment of classless behavior. What can you say about an athlete, when he allows his entourage to wear his name spelled out on their chests?

I though the Djokovics looked quite cute and endearing in their lettered t-shirts.

I guess that Anna W. won't be promoting a line of lettered t-shirts in support of Federer.

Or Levy
01-25-2008, 02:43 PM
He sounded pretty down when he said it, not bitter or grumpy.

malica
01-25-2008, 02:45 PM
I think the post match interview is fine. The only thing (except that he is not interested in the finals)is:

Q. Can you measure his improvement at all? Has he improved that much?
ROGER FEDERER: No, I think he's played pretty much the same, you know, for the last let's say nine months or so, or last year. He's had a good start to the year, as well.
Yeah, it comes down to a few points here and there. That's what I told you beforehand, so that's what happened today.

I mean, all the players in the tour noticed how much Novak has been improved lately.

However, I found unfair the fact that Roger does not give any credit to Nole. He always tryes to put him in some bigger group of players. That is exactly what he did in the pre-match interview and this is not the first time. He did it also before Novak won the first time.

You can see the prematch interview:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2008-01-23/200801231201089164334.html

Q. Tomorrow this place is going to be a buzz with talk about yourself playing Djokovic. Do you get a little bit extra excited when you have young challenger coming up in a Grand Slam?

ROGER FEDERER: No, I mean, look, I concentrate on what I have to do. The press might write a lot. I played him already last year. There was, you know, something written about, you know, our match obviously because he was up‑and‑coming.

I played also Youzhny in the third round. I played a lot of these guys actually last year who did well again this year. So this time around, instead of being a fourth round, it's even bigger occasion, being in a semifinal. I think always when the top three, top four guys play against each other, it's always entertaining for both of us.

I think it's great that Rafa made it through, as well, with Novak. It's good for tennis. People can relate to always seeing the same guys at the top. It's not just one guy, but it's a few guys now who have been playing very consistently. It's going to be interesting to see. I'm excited playing against Novak, no doubt.


Q. What do you make of the talk that some of these younger players are getting closer to matching you more consistently?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I don't know. I always said there was a great group behind me. You know, Rafa obviously leading the way, with Novak now. Incredibly great amount of juniors behind me, Berdych, Baghdatis. All these guys can play great tennis. It's a matter of putting it together in the majors. And Rafa has been able to do that on many big occasions, and now Novak, too.

It's what I expected. Murray, as well, is coming up. Tsonga, the same thing. This time around there's three really young guys in the semis, except older guy like Andy or Hewitt or something.

Q. Semifinals.

ROGER FEDERER: Semifinals, sorry. But, you know, David plays very well from the baseline, but Novak is a better server. In the end that's what sort of gets David. If he can sneak away with one set, Novak might get a little tired, a little bit nervous. But he didn't allow that today. I think he played a good match. I didn't see all of it because I was practicing, coming to the courts.

But I wasn't too surprised. But I wouldn't have been surprised, as well, if David would have gotten the better at Novak. At that stage, it's a lot do with day form. And Novak had a better day today, so he deserved to win.

I really like bolded Q. :)

CyBorg
01-25-2008, 02:54 PM
Go Tsonga.

That is all.

Horatio Caine
01-25-2008, 03:14 PM
Thought his response to the question as to who he thought would win the final was, perhaps, a little unnecessary: "I don't really care." Anyone would think he didn't like Nole... :devil:

Otherwise, you can get a misleading picture reading words instead of actually listening to his voice.

Beforehand
01-25-2008, 03:17 PM
His "I don't care" was rather curt, but I thought he took care of himself and acquitted himself rather well otherwise.

Mr. Magassi
01-25-2008, 03:17 PM
All I can say is: GOOOOOO TSONGA!!!

richie21
01-25-2008, 03:25 PM
Fed has always been ungracious after he loses. Nothing new.

Well,when he lost to Gasquet few years ago,i don't remember him being ungracious,quite the contrary actually.

I bet you my computer that if Federer loses to Gasquet in the future,his post match interview will be like "Gasquet was awesome,he reminds me myself sometimes,etc....."

He just doesn't like Djokovic's game and personality,that's all.

gamesport
01-25-2008, 05:33 PM
Everyone needs to relax, he was a little emotional about it, lol

World Beater
01-25-2008, 07:14 PM
why does federer need to love novak? he doesnt need to sing his praises. Federer and novak are rivals.

Federer admitted that novak played better and that has been playing well for 9 months now. Why should federer say novak has improved? Novak has been playing the same way for the past year and im sure he worked on a few things in the off season, BUT FEDERER doesnt need to acknowledge that. :lol: Some deluded posters in here. :retard:

well done to novak and federer deserved to get a beatdown after playing tennis like that.

MariaV
01-25-2008, 07:25 PM
anyone who wants to find something significantly negative from that interview is an idiot. I think Roger can come off a bit arrogant at times (perhaps unintentionally) but this was an intelligent interview and he gave plenty of credit to an opponent i'm sure he could have found a few bad things to say about.

Exactly, I don't see anything ungracious he said. :shrug: On the contrary he praised Nole quite a lot.

didadida
01-25-2008, 09:02 PM
c'mon tsonga

leng jai
01-25-2008, 09:41 PM
Fakervic: let the stats speak for themself.


HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Fucken tool.

Merton
01-25-2008, 09:57 PM
Nothing new there, Roger does not like Nole and he does not hide it.

vidanhv
01-25-2008, 11:30 PM
I don't see anything strange in Fed's and Nole's interviews. I don't see disrespect on any of the two sides. Nole is building his confidence, what he sure needs if he tend to be No. 1 in the recent future, and Fed is simply Fed, for now, the greatest player that walked the earth. Maybe he just protects his aura, and maybe he really does not care. Why should he? I am Nole's supporter, but he has to do a lot more to let himself compare to Fed. This doesn't mean that he doesn't have the right to say that he was better in AO. Thats the way sport should be, and we finally have it in tennis again.

vidanhv
01-25-2008, 11:39 PM
/Serbs and Yanks/ by Escude

You will never have so many talents as we do. We have three finals just at this tournament. Novak was better in US Open final, just like Federer was better in Montreal. And both lose. So what? It is not correct to be said? Or what? You hate Serbs?
What are u talking about??? What talents? Everybody have talents! I am THE SERB but Nole achieved this because of his own talent, not because of talent of the Serbian people. How many other Serbian tennis players that achieved something do you know except this magnificent five that are out there now. And, to be sure, there are just the generation that went to the tennis courts when Yugoslav Monika Seles introduced big time tennis in Serbia. Don't be a prick. it has nothing to do with Serbian genetics, its just Nole! Don't take his talent and make it your own!

NYCtennisfan
01-26-2008, 12:15 AM
Fed's tone certainly is different when talking about Novak. A lot has to do with his box and entourage I think.

vidanhv
01-26-2008, 12:42 AM
Fed's tone certainly is different when talking about Novak. A lot has to do with his box and entourage I think.
Can't see anythin wrong in it. Tennis is a sport. Cheering is natural in every sport. Its a new breeze tennis missed for a long time. I prefer to be calm, but if there are other fans that like to express their feelings, let them do it as long as they do not do it during the point is played. I have to agree with you, though... Fed doesn't like Nole... However, I can't see significance of this animosity from the perspective of advancement of the tennis game ;)

Andi-M
01-26-2008, 12:51 AM
Fed really throws the toys out the pram when he dosen't get his own way. Expected.

Nole loves the fact Fed dosent like him it inspires him...so if Fed wants to win their next encounter maybe he should swallow his pride a little bit.

Marek.
01-26-2008, 12:55 AM
I don't see anything wrong with this presser. :shrug: Fed gave Djoko full credit.

Manon
01-26-2008, 12:56 AM
What are u talking about??? What talents? Everybody have talents! I am THE SERB but Nole achieved this because of his own talent, not because of talent of the Serbian people. How many other Serbian tennis players that achieved something do you know except this magnificent five that are out there now. And, to be sure, there are just the generation that went to the tennis courts when Yugoslav Monika Seles introduced big time tennis in Serbia. Don't be a prick. it has nothing to do with Serbian genetics, its just Nole! Don't take his talent and make it your own!

So true...Genetics??? What? Crap.

FedFan_2007
01-26-2008, 01:58 AM
As much as I hate the Djoker, this is good for tennis to have a nasty/bitter rivalry ala McEnroe/Lendl. Federer as McEnroe, Djoker as Lendl. Let the nastiness begin! Fuck the whole DjokorBITCH clan.

rosamunda
01-26-2008, 02:11 AM
As much as I hate the Djoker, this is good for tennis to have a nasty/bitter rivalry ala McEnroe/Lendl. Federer as McEnroe, Djoker as Lendl. Let the nastiness begin! Fuck the whole DjokorBITCH clan.

I do so agree - Djoker and his entourage get right up my nose. But I'm not sure the rivalry will get nasty enough - everyone's so polite nowadays......

FedFan_2007
01-26-2008, 02:26 AM
Oh I want nastiness. Djoker's threatening Fed's claim at history and he'll be nice to him? Tennis is bloodsport. Sure beats the hell out of pussy golf.

Corey Feldman
01-26-2008, 02:32 AM
Fed's tone certainly is different when talking about Novak. A lot has to do with his box and entourage I think.No doubt

i seen a few stare up's at them from Fed as well, one after Nole got a lucky net cord winner and Fed was right infront of them - so i assume they are saying things to him

motherhumpers.

Marek.
01-26-2008, 03:15 AM
motherhumpers.

This made me laugh for some reason. :lol:

hra87
01-26-2008, 03:20 AM
I see absolutely nothing wrong with this interview. It was honest without being overly rude or arrogant, and it was accurate. I liked it.

Fedex
01-26-2008, 05:39 AM
Federer is only "humble" and "modest" when he wins. When he loses, he turns it a mean-spirited Serena Williams of the ATP.

:lol: :rolls: :haha: :haha:

Fedex
01-26-2008, 05:43 AM
Oh I want nastiness. Djoker's threatening Fed's claim at history and he'll be nice to him? Tennis is bloodsport. Sure beats the hell out of pussy golf.

I wouldn't call tennis a bloodsport(that is reserved for contact sports) but I do sort of get what you mean. Why does everyone want a lovefest? It's a lot more interesting if the two guys don't like each other and that makes you look forward to future matchups. The 04 RG Final was terrible in terms of the quality of tennis, but it was GREAT and a memorable match because of the drama that took place and the prior history between Gaudio and Coria.

Chiseller
01-26-2008, 06:58 AM
I actually liked Nole at the beginning but he turned (at least i started to notice) into an arrogant prick. I don't care about his family or fans but he's becomming more and more cocky.
You know, I'm myself half serbian and yesterday a serbian friend of mine came to visit me and we of course talked about the match. He told me something that I didn't notice in the Ferrer match.
Nole had serve and was ball bouncing (:lol:). A serbian fan shouted "Ajde Nole!" like "Go Nole!". Nole stopped and shouted back "cuti mater ti jebem" which means literally "shut up, I fuck your mom".
The interruption must have been annoying but this is no excuse for such a cocky behaviour, so disgraceful.
In contrast Tipsy is such a brilliant person, too bad he didn't come through.

FedFan_2007
01-26-2008, 07:22 AM
Did Nole really say "I fuck your mom" yesterday? Wow, what a classless jerk. I can't abide the thought of him EVER getting the #1 ranking now. Fedal step it up!

FedFan_2007
01-26-2008, 07:22 AM
Fedal fans unite! It's truly time to stop the Djokerbitch at all costs now!

Chiseller
01-26-2008, 07:55 AM
Not yesterday, it was against Ferrer.

burnt-guitars
01-26-2008, 09:39 AM
thats my roger
if djokovic really said that then he should get fined or something lols

Commander Data
01-26-2008, 11:02 AM
Nothing wrong abouts Feds interview I think. He is just honest and says what he thinks. is that a crime? I honestly didn't see any thing revolutionary in Noles Game myself. he just plays the way he always does with less joking compared to the US open. So Feds assessment that he plays pretty much the same seems to be his honest opinion. also tzhat he expresses some bitterness about the loss seems just honest to me.

It is just not the same respect between Nole and Fed that is between Fed and Nadal. This has to do mainly with Nole himself in my opinion.

Also think Fed is pretty intelligent and knows how to deal with this loss. I'm confident that he finds a way that be back on top of his Game again. He always predicted this kind of situation. I remeber way back in 2006 when he talked about having a drought and what it takes to come back to the top. (Well he is still is there anyway). He was talking about a real break down there. Even if we would not win one single GS this year. I still would have no doubt that we will crack Petes record. Only thing that can stop Fed from becoming GOAT is an injury, besides that it is pretty much a given. People should just remember how it was back in Petes times. About in every second tournement he got beaten pretty clearly. Agassi Sampras traded wins. when they played one would certainly not have the impression that Pete was the dominant Player. Up to this point Fed was so good that there wasn't even a rivalry. If from this time one with have some it won't be the end of the Fed legency. He will still win a couple more GS and add more No.1 weeks. With his Game he has easly 4 more years to win RG. probably like 6 more years to win some more Wimbledon Titles.

Fellow Fed Fans just sit back and enjoy the ride!:cool: Let the fun begin.

BTW: I so wait for the next time when Federer plays Nole. If he gets beaten again then it is time to worry abit. But I predict a annhilation:devil:

azmad_88
01-26-2008, 11:05 AM
he could be fearing rafa is chasing him in the rankings thats why he mentioned rafa's draw was easy...

MariaV
01-26-2008, 11:13 AM
Did Nole really say "I fuck your mom" yesterday? Wow, what a classless jerk. I can't abide the thought of him EVER getting the #1 ranking now. Fedal step it up!

Not yesterday, it was against Ferrer.

:tape: :tape: :tape:
Nole sure is in a class of his own, the Real No 1. :worship: :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown:

Sunset of Age
01-26-2008, 01:44 PM
motherhumpers.

:haha: :haha: :haha:

BTW, great avvy Mikey! :yeah:

Baghdatis72
01-26-2008, 02:53 PM
Fedal fans unite! It's truly time to stop the Djokerbitch at all costs now!

That Djoko revolution has begun :armed: :lol:

Black Adam
01-26-2008, 03:12 PM
Motherhumpers
:haha: :haha: :rolls: :sobbing:

vidanhv
01-26-2008, 03:20 PM
I actually liked Nole at the beginning but he turned (at least i started to notice) into an arrogant prick. I don't care about his family or fans but he's becomming more and more cocky.
You know, I'm myself half serbian and yesterday a serbian friend of mine came to visit me and we of course talked about the match. He told me something that I didn't notice in the Ferrer match.
Nole had serve and was ball bouncing (:lol:). A serbian fan shouted "Ajde Nole!" like "Go Nole!". Nole stopped and shouted back "cuti mater ti jebem" which means literally "shut up, I fuck your mom".
The interruption must have been annoying but this is no excuse for such a cocky behaviour, so disgraceful.
In contrast Tipsy is such a brilliant person, too bad he didn't come through.
He said "Cuti bre vishe" what literally means "Shut up already" so he was rood, but not to the extreme. I agree he should not do it, even he said it was wrong thing to do in his post-match interview, but Serbian fans sometimes do forget that they are not on a football match. Somebody has to remind them, and who else then their favorite is better for such a job?

malica
01-26-2008, 03:32 PM
He said "Cuti bre vishe" what literally means "Shut up already" so he was rood, but not to the extreme. I agree he should not do it, even he said it was wrong thing to do in his post-match interview, but Serbian fans sometimes do forget that they are not on a football match. Somebody has to remind them, and who else then their favorite is better for such a job?

Exactly. Someone from the crowd said - polako (take it easy) and novak said – kako polako (there is no space for it) and when the same guy said smiri se (calm down) novak said - Shut up.

I agree it was not polite and he kind of apologiese at the end of the match. This behavior was noticed here in Serbia but people have understanding as he really didn't need crowd couching in that moment :)