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Old 07-09-2012, 03:38 PM   #1771
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has anyone got the transcript of his interview after the final
It has been posted in the Wimbledon thread but here is it again

R. FEDERER/A. Murray 4‑6, 7‑5, 6‑3, 6‑4

ROGER FEDERER

Q. A seventh. Got to feel unbelievable. But how different does it feel because of the circumstances around here? Very unusual today.

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I think any Grand Slam final, particularly here at Wimbledon, are unusual. You never quite get used to it. Today was unique because of playing Andy. Obviously, you know, being able to play or finish a match under the roof, I don’t think that’s ever been done before here for a final. So that’s been different, as well. And nice, of course.

I know the occasion and how big it was for Andy and myself. I’m happy I got a victory today, but obviously it was a very, very special ‑‑ I mean, yeah, we’ll talk more about it I guess as questions will come.


Q. You have a good memories in Wimbledon, seven titles. Do you feel destiny in Wimbledon?

ROGER FEDERER: Look, yeah, I mean, I guess to some degree. You know, of course I feel better here for some reason. I don’t know why. But it’s very unique and special in many ways, this tournament.

From the get‑go I really felt sort of I’m supposed to play well here, I guess. Over the years I’ve been able to keep up, you know, a great run. Obviously, last couple of years maybe slightly disappointing, but, again, I thought Berdych and Jo both played unbelievable the last couple years against me.

This year I guess I decided in the bigger matches to take it more to my opponent instead of waiting a bit more for the mistakes. Yeah, this is I guess how you want to win Wimbledon, is by going after your shots, believing you can do it, and that’s what I was able to do today.

It’s special.

Q. Can you rate this win among all your Grand Slams?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, honestly this one hasn’t quite sunk in yet for some reason. I guess I was trying to be so focused in the moment itself that when it all happened I was just so happy, you know, that it was all over and that the pressure was, you know, gone basically.

I guess that came due to the tough loss I had here last year. US Open, as well. A couple tough, you know, moments for me the last couple years, you know, I guess. So I really almost didn’t try to picture myself with the trophy or try to think too far ahead really.

So now even right now, I mean, there was so much on the line, so I didn’t try to think of the world No. 1 ranking or the seventh or the seventeenth. So I think that’s going to actually, for a change, take much longer to sort of, you know, understand what I was able to achieve today.

Yeah, it was crazy how it all happened under the circumstances. Yeah, I played terrific.

Q. How hard was it to listen to the same questions done in different ways about will you win a Grand Slam again?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, it didn’t happen the day after I won Australia. Right then things were great. Like they will be tomorrow. Then the day after they are going to go, When is he going to retire, again?

It hasn’t always been like this, the pressers. I think they’ve been somewhat easier for me since I was able to win here three years ago and since I was able to win in Paris. Things are much more easy now in the press room. They’re at peace, even though I understand everyone wants to be the first to have mentioned it or said it first that, Okay, this is the decline.

I also said that I think this is just a temporary thing. That maybe down the stretch, like with Agassi I guess in some ways, you’ll be happy that I’m still playing a few years from now. So I see it more as a steppingstone, a period I have to go through as well. That I’m, you know, going to win 90% of my matches throughout the year, it’s impossible every single year. So you’re always going to go through ups and downs.

But I knew how close I was for the last few years, and some people didn’t quite see that maybe out of different reasons. But I knew and I think the belief got me to victory today, and almost two other ones in the last couple years, as well.

Q. Andy said you were one of the greatest athletes of all time, rating you alongside Pele. Do you consider yourself that way?

ROGER FEDERER: Anyway it’s opinions of people, you know. It’s nice, obviously, having had I’d say a positive effect on the game of tennis in the first place, that I was able to live a dream in the first place, I guess, here in tennis.

And then to represent tennis, you know, across sports has been nice, you know. Not that I feel like obliged to do all the right things or whatever, but it’s nice to be compared to other sporting greats.

If I can help the game of tennis with the image or with, you know, making it more popular, that’s enough for me really. I want to leave the game better off than when I came into this great game, which was already unbelievable with the great rivalries we had: Becker‑Edberg, Courier and Agassi and Sampras. You name it, there were so many other great ones I must have forgotten.

So I think that, for me, is most important, you know. And then the other sports, I mean, that’s so different anyway that you can’t compare.

But I drew a lot of inspirations from other great athletes in other sports. I think like Pete and Edberg and Becker, I don’t know, maybe Jordan, Tiger Woods, you name it, Valentino Rossi. They inspire me to keep on pushing further.

You know, not just being happy with world No. 1 or being happy with a Grand Slam title, but maybe to reach for more. Then obviously I have to drive myself. But you sometimes do need to see someone else do it for a long time so that you feel it is actually possible.

Q. This title and No. 1 didn’t happen in two weeks. It’s a process. Is there a point you can pinpoint when the run up to this actually began?

ROGER FEDERER: Uhm, wonder when. Maybe French Open last year potentially. I played an amazing French Open last year. I was very close against Rafa in the finals. And I think did play actually very well here, as well, you know, against Jo. Things just didn’t turn out well for me here.

I guess it had a little effect on me through Toronto and Cincinnati potentially. But then again, I did play great as well at the US Open. Again, unlucky; Djokovic played well, whatever you want to call it. But things were tough for me there.

So I think it was a time where I just had to believe that things were going to turn around for me, and not just naturally, but work at something. You know, this is where I did take a long break off. Mean, I did play Davis Cup after the US Open in Australia. You know, just took a break.

Because I played a lot of tennis, good tennis, but I wanted to win titles, not just lose in quarters and semis. I think when I came back to Basel, which was a home tournament, things obviously changed for me to winning ways again, I would believe.

Then the confidence rose as I went to Paris and also to London. I think this is when I realized a lot is possible in 2012.

Q. You mentioned Tiger Woods a moment ago. He’s obviously also trying to regain the major tournament magic which you had today again. He tweeted that we saw why you’re the greatest. What are your thoughts on receiving that message from him?

ROGER FEDERER: Uhm, I didn’t need to get it through Twitter, I got one from himself. He was very pumped up these last couple days, you know, for me. He was very supportive.

Yeah, it’s nice, you know, when other greats like this do, you know, believe in me. They push me further, even in the rain delay basically when they cheer you on. You know, so it was big.

Yeah, I mean, I wish him the best as well. He knows that. Obviously with all these Facebook and Twitters and all this it’s much more public now.

But it feels great, you know, to receive so much support from such great athletes.

Q. What did he say to you specifically?

ROGER FEDERER: Just happy, you know. Whatever. You can make it up.

Q. What concessions, if any, have you had to make to age in the last couple years? Schedule? Training?

ROGER FEDERER: Uhm, well, people forget sometimes I do have twin girls, you know. That has had a massive impact on my life. My game, I think it’s helped my game more than anything because I think I’m playing some of the best tennis of my life right now, and since a long time now.

But just to be able to juggle everything together has been, you know, a challenge. And I think you learn from mistakes. You try to make it work for everyone involved. Hasn’t always been easy, you know. I admit that.

But, of course, the victory today is a dream come true today for me and my family, you know, seeing them there. Yeah, it’s big.

Q. Did you change your tactics at all after the rain delay?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I tried to play more aggressive. Obviously there was a lot of wind involved as well in the first couple of sets. There was sort of a downwind from the right‑hand side of the umpire’s chair, which maybe makes you play more with the elements and less with tactics at times.

And when the wind is gone you get more back into tactics you know, what you can do, what you can’t do.

Yeah, I tried to take it more to Andy, and I was able to do that. I think, yeah, I went to maybe fetch victory more than he did potentially. I don’t know, but I’m happy that closing the roof maybe helped me today, because I wasn’t sure if that was going to help me or not.

Q. I imagine when you were 22 that you felt like a better tennis player than you were at 18. I’m curious, how you feel about that now? Do you feel like you are a better tennis player now than you were than five years ago?

ROGER FEDERER: I hope so. God, I’ve practiced so much that I ‑‑ you don’t want to be worse five years later, you know. (Laughter.)

I feel I have, you know, a great game today. But then again, maybe there were times I had such incredible confidence that you do pull triggers and you pull off shots that maybe today I don’t because I maybe do play a bit more the percentages.

I know how hard it is, you know, to pull off those great shots and I know how easy it is to miss, so I’m more aware of these things.

But I’m so happy I’m at the age I am right now, because I had such a great run and I know there’s still more possible. You know, to enjoy it right now, it’s very different than when I was 20 or 25. I’m at a much more stable place in my life. Yeah, I wouldn’t want anything to change. So this is very, very special right now.

Q. Clearly very emotional for him. You must have felt for him.

ROGER FEDERER: For Andy?

Q. Yes.

ROGER FEDERER: Yes. I mean, are you kidding me? Yeah, I mean, I told him it’s supposed to be easier, this part, than playing the match. It’s hard. I mean, I’ve been there, as well. I think he’s done so, so well, to be quite honest. Because I see him every day. I see him, what he goes through on a daily basis on tour.

At Wimbledon I think he handle is it so perfectly, to be quite honest. I think he’s giving himself so many looks at big titles. Grand Slams I think is what you guys are focusing on the most. I really do believe deep down in me he will win Grand Slams, not just one. I do wish him all the best. This is genuine. He works extremely hard. He’s as professional as you can be.

Things just didn’t quite turn out for him in the finals that he hoped for. But today I’m sure he got another step closer to a Grand Slam title for him. I really do believe and hope for him that he’s going to win one soon.
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in France, the sports newspaper "L'Equipe" is disappointing and makes the title of his tennis one page today on "who takes benefit from the roof ?",

only one nice and very true article on "Federer, the lesson on harmony" with many interesting quotes and infos from him about his life, his coaches ...

But it's not surprising that "l'Equipe" is not nice about Fed because their main journalists have been against him for many years now (they used to be grandiloquent about him in his peak years).

The funniest is Wilander's chronicle who says that "yesterday's match gives the evidence of what I told you that Federer plays better now than 3 or 4 years ago" ... after saying a few days ago that Fed could only defeat Djokovic on a misunderstanding, a bad bounce ...

But also nice words from him when he says that he wonders how Fed keeps so much motivation and ambition and keeps so much emotionally involved after all those years and especially defeats. He said he was completely unable of doing that himself.
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a very interesting ATP website article quoted by Arkulari on GM about Fed going to the net :

http://www.menstennisforums.com/show...postcount=1071

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Ten...don-Title.aspx
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Beautiful in the Times of London, found here : http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/2012...bs-july-9.html

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"Master of majors, sultan of soul... It was like old times: the master who wields beauty as if it were a razor, and Murray was overwhelmed. I have seen leopards hunt, moving as if every joint has been bathed in a gallon of oil and glowing as if lit from within: and that was Federer beneath the roof. He took control of time and place, and savaged his opponent with a remote and disinterested beauty....But there are two levels to his genius. The first comes in hitting the ball: no one has ever struck a tennis ball better, no one can do as many things with a tennis racquet. That is the wonder of it - the way that, by the end, he made Murray look not so much like an opponent as a co-conspirator, one whose sole ambition was to set off Federer's skills. But there's more to genius than pretty shot-making. The best man at keepy-uppy is not necessarily the best footballer. Federer's real genius comes in using these shots in confrontation, to construct points with beauty and finesse, to use them to snare, to bamboozle, to belabour. Federer is a genius at playing shots; he is also a genius at playing matches and championships.This is his seventh Wimbledon victory among his 17 grand slam titles. I've seen a good few of them, and been awed by all of them. Few performers in any sport have given as much pleasure as Federer. That's because every move he makes seems to tell us that there is more to victory than mere victory, as if the manner of winning were as important as the trophy. The decline of Tiger Woods tells us that Woods is all about victory, that beyond the hard facts of winning, there is not much about him except an old grouch haunted by his own past. But Federer shows us that sport can be played in a different way. Federer's comparative decline has shown us that sport is something that matters to a great champion even without the comfort of constant victory. Federer showed us that sport can be something to do with the soul. For Federer, sport is worth pursuing for its own sake, for the love of hitting tennis balls, making rallies, creating points and games and matches. In recent years he has preached us a complex and absorbing sermon about the place of soul in sport. Federer, first as an unstoppable champion and then as a former champion desperately trying to play catch-up, has always played with soul. And that is why he is a champion again."
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An interview in French : Julien Jeanpierre, who competited wih Fed until the last tournament (the Orange Bowl) for the world junior number 1 in 1998 and still practises with him as a sparring-partner during Roland-Garros, says that Fed "jokes constantly", "he's the king of the joke" :
not the first time I hear that and the same for the fact he has a huge memory about the people he used to meet a long time ago and things about them, like when just before the French open final 2008, when he met Julien he reminded that Julien had told him when they were young : "your game is simple, you just have to play a good serve and a good forehand, that's all", Fed said "you're right, I will try that with Nadal"

http://www.welovetennis.fr/interview...acre-deconneur

A few other things in that interview, like when he says that in the beginning people didn't like Mirka, but in the end he realized that she was very important for him and it's very fortunate that Fed had her to prevent too many sollicitations and enable him to live more naturally and comfortably despite being a "crazy icon". Julien says that's why some people/journalists find him difficult to approach but actually when he's in his world, that's the opposite : he's very natural and speaks with everybody.
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Very nice interview from Roger, but sorry it's in French again

it's in the Swiss paper "le Temps", nice words about his daughters (it was Mirka's dream that they see him live, it's nice for him but he doesn't think they'll remember and the most important for them is the daily life ; it would be nice if they got interested in tennis one day but most important is school first) or about his team (they live all together with all families between the French and the US Open), about the final (he knew this match was so important for both finalists that it would end by tears, for the loser and the winner)

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«Je suis fin prêt pour les JO»
Par Isabelle Musy Londres

Lundi, Roger Federer est revenu sur sa victoire à Wimbledon. Le Bâlois évoque les émotions liées à ce 17e Grand Chelem et avec quel état d’esprit il abordera les Jeux olympiques

Le Temps: vos jumelles étaient dans la tribune hier pour assister à votre sacre. Quel héritage avez-vous envie de leur transmettre en ce qui concerne votre carrière?

Roger Federer: Elles m’avaient déjà vu soulever un trophée. Mais elles ne m’avaient jamais vu gagner un Grand Chelem. Elles étaient encore trop petites à l’Open d’Australie 2010 et c’était tard le soir. Cela fait un an qu’elles viennent de temps en temps sur le court. En tant que parents, nous les protégeons beaucoup mais nous sommes conscients que c’est important pour les fans et pour le milieu du tennis d’avoir l’occasion de les voir. La première fois, c’était à Bâle. Mirka m’avait fait la surprise. Au moment de recevoir le trophée, j’ai vu qu’elles étaient là. Mais les voir hier sur ce court était particulièrement fort. C’est Wimbledon, c’est là que j’ai vécu plusieurs de mes plus belles victoires. J’étais très ému. Ce fut un moment intime au milieu de cette agitation. Après, je ne sais pas si on peut parler d’héritage car je ne sais pas si elles vont s’en souvenir. Pour le moment, elles ne se souviennent même pas de ce qui s’est passé la veille. Mais hier, le rêve de Mirka s’est réalisé avec la possibilité pour les filles d’être sur le Centre Court et d’assister à cette victoire-là.

– Est-ce que vous avez envie de jouer le plus longtemps possible pour que vos filles soient assez grandes pour s’en souvenir?

– Ce serait agréable, c’est sûr. Mais ce n’est pas ce qui me pousse à jouer au tennis. Je ne le fais pas pour être sûr qu’elles se souviendront de qui était papa. Ce n’est pas mon but premier. Si elles se souviennent de certaines choses, ce serait fantastique. Mais la priorité avec elles est ce que nous leur apportons au quotidien. Nous avons la chance de pouvoir faire en sorte que je puisse les voir tous les jours, à part peut-être une semaine dans l’année. J’ai des amis dont les enfants sont à fond dans le tennis. Bien sûr ce serait sympa si à un moment donné elles ont envie de s’y intéresser. Elles devront déjà aller à l’école. Après on verra.

– Cette victoire a-t-elle une valeur plus importante à vos yeux du fait que vous ayez dû attendre deux ans et demi avant de décrocher à nouveau un Grand Chelem?

– Peut-être. Deux ans et demi, ce n’est pas si long même si en tennis, ça peut paraître une éternité. C’est clair que quand j’ai gagné en Australie, j’espérais en remporter un autre assez rapidement. Parce que j’avais l’impression de jouer le meilleur tennis de ma vie à ce moment-là. Et depuis, je me suis donné les chances d’y parvenir. Donc, oui cette victoire est très importante. Mais celle de 2009 à Paris le fut aussi. Ou encore la finale de l’US Open contre Andre (Agassi) en 2005. J’ai vécu de nombreux grands matches qui m’ont rendu service au fil des ans et m’ont aidé à être prêt pour celui de dimanche. Cette finale avait tellement d’enjeux, pas seulement pour moi mais aussi pour Andy (Murray) que je savais que ça allait se terminer par des larmes. Aussi bien pour celui qui allait gagner que pour celui qui allait perdre. Je savais que ce serait dur pour les nerfs. Est-ce ma plus belle victoire? Je ne sais pas mais elle est chargée émotionnellement car c’est un endroit cher à mon cœur. Il y avait tous les éléments réunis pour faire de cette finale quelque chose d’unique.

– Etes-vous surpris d’être encore capable de gagner?

– Je ne suis pas surpris dans la mesure où j’estime avoir si bien joué depuis un an que j’ai toujours senti que je n’étais pas loin de remporter un Grand Chelem. J’ai battu les autres (Rafa, Djokovic, Murray) plusieurs fois. Ils m’ont battu aussi. Tu perds, tu gagnes et tu te dis que le jour où tu en as vraiment besoin tu parviens à tirer profit des victoires. Triompher ici n’a pas été une immense surprise. C’est Wimbledon, un endroit où je sais que je suis capable de bien jouer et de les battre. Mais c’est dur de le prouver encore et encore. En tennis, tu travailles avec des objectifs, tu t’en rapproches de plus en plus et ça finit par arriver.

– Que vous apporte le fait de vieillir? Un plus grand équilibre dans votre vie?

– Je pense que cela fait déjà pas mal d’années que j’ai trouvé le bon équilibre dans ma vie. Le plus grand changement a été le passage de l’adolescence à professionnel sur l’ATP Tour. La victoire de 2003 fut très importante. Petit à petit, j’ai appris à ne plus paniquer quand je perdais un match. C’est quelque chose qui a disparu avec l’âge et les victoires. Je pense que les choses deviennent plus faciles avec le temps. Les victoires déjà acquises enlèvent peut-être un peu de stress. Même si c’est important de jouer avec de la pression, c’est elle qui nourrit le feu en toi. Je pense que maintenant je peux davantage apprécier la vie sur le circuit, les voyages, l’atmosphère d’un court central.

– Quel rôle a joué Paul Annacone, ancien coach de Pete Sampras, dans ce titre?

– Un grand rôle. C’était important qu’il s’intègre bien à l’équipe avec Sèverin (Lüthi), Pierre (Paganini, son préparateur physique) et Stéphane (Vivier, son kiné) et les gens qui m’entourent. Il n’y a jamais de panique au sein de mon équipe. Nous avons mis en place une routine efficace et savons gérer toutes les situations, comme une interruption à cause de la pluie. Nous avons décidé de rester tous ensemble de Roland-Garros jusqu’à l’US Open, avec les familles, les femmes et les enfants. L’idée étant de traverser cette période regroupés. Cela demande des sacrifices. Mon kiné est sur le Circuit depuis 90 jours consécutifs. Mais là, tout le monde va avoir quelques jours de vacances avant de se retrouver ici pour les Jeux. C’est important de sentir qu’on a une équipe autour de soi car parfois on se sent seul sur le court.

– Où placez-vous l’objectif d’une médaille d’or aux JO?

– Depuis Pékin, je me dis que ce sera incroyable de disputer les Jeux olympiques à Wimbledon. Une chance pour ma génération. Et c’est ce que je ressens encore aujourd’hui. Gagner une médaille d’or est l’un de mes trois objectifs de la saison. Mais je suis conscient qu’il est difficile à atteindre. Sur herbe, le fait que ce soit en deux sets gagnants peut être dangereux, tu peux te faire avoir dans les premiers tours. Le format du tournoi aux JO n’est pas une chose à laquelle nous sommes habitués. J’en ai disputé trois dans ma carrière, ça fera quatre avec Londres, c’est peu comparé aux 50 ou 60 Grands Chelems. C’est vraiment différent. Mais cela ne change rien à mon envie de bien faire dans 20 jours et de rendre mon pays fier de moi.

– Est-ce que cette victoire va vous permettre d’aborder les Jeux olympiques avec un capital confiance plus important?

– Oui. Après, si j’avais perdu au premier tour, on peut se dire que j’aurais eu plus de temps pour récupérer et me préparer pour les JO, vu que sur le gazon, je sais que tout est possible si je joue bien. Mais c’est pareil pour Djokovic, Nadal ou Murray. On est tous dans une assez bonne position. Même si Rafa a perdu tôt ici, cela ne va pas diminuer ses chances pour les Jeux. Mais c’est clair, une victoire ici aide. J’ai toujours dit que celui qui gagnera Wimbledon aurait une sorte de petite étoile à côté de son nom comme un avantage avant les JO. Après, je ne sais pas si cet avantage est mental; s’il m’enlève de la pression dans la mesure où maintenant je n’ai pas forcément l’obligation de gagner les Jeux olympiques. Mais en même temps, je sais que je ne vais pas du tout me dire ça. Je vais tout donner et aller à fond. Et si on se dit que ce Wimbledon était une préparation pour les JO, je pense qu’avec la coupure que je vais faire maintenant, c’est parfait. Je ne pourrais pas être mieux préparé pour les JO et n’aurai aucune excuse.
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ROGER’S RECORD REIGN AT NO. 1

Federer Rises Above

London, U.K.

by James Buddell

16.07.2012


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Roger Federer continues to rewrite history book, this time setting a milestone for most weeks at No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings.


Roger Federer is a genius at winning matches, with aesthetic beauty, in the power era of tennis. Over the course of his career, he has left an indelible mark on the sport’s record books.

Today, he starts his 287th week at No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. It is another record-breaking milestone in a career of unrivalled achievement.

Federer first became World No. 1 on 2 February 2004, when the average age of the Top 10 was 24.8 years. For 237 consecutive weeks, until 18 August 2008, he was the man to beat, taking the sport to new levels and growing into his role as a global superstar.

His monogram, RF, which is embroidered onto his clothing, has become instantly recognisable by sports fans worldwide. More than 10 million people follow his Facebook feed, on the social networking site, while he has "the most impressive endorsements portfolio in sports" according to Forbes Magazine. He has also shown great leadership qualities as President of the ATP Player Council since June 2008.

In a golden era of men’s professional tennis, Federer and his rivals, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, have won 29 of the past 30 major championships. In that period, since May 2005, Federer, the classical player of his generation, has won 13 of his 17 Grand Slam championship titles from 20 finals.

When nine majors – since the 2010 Australian Open – passed by without a title and the tennis world began to ask questions, he admitted his confidence took a hit. Every champion hopes that their best form can be recaptured, however irrational it might seem. Federer was no exception.

Through hard work with his coach Paul Annacone, he kept putting himself in contention. Andre Agassi, who remains the oldest player to have been No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, at 33 years and 131 days in 2003, proved to be a great inspiration.

The sport’s greatest ambassador has picked up 75 tour-level titles over 12 consecutive seasons and extended his remarkable record of 33 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals.

Since losing to Djokovic in the 2011 US Open semi-finals, Federer has compiled an astonishing 63-6 mark, which includes his sixth title at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November, his 20 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy at the Mutua Madrid Open in May, plus six other pieces of silverware.

Eight days ago, his hard work paid off. By equalling Pete Sampras’ record of seven Wimbledon titles, Federer once again became the World No. 1 just four weeks shy of his 31st birthday.

It was a source of great pride.

The status of being acknowledged as best in the world has always mattered to Federer. Even when he achieved the junior No. 1 ranking in 1998 and after he won his first Grand Slam championship in June 2003 at Wimbledon, getting to the top of the South African Airways ATP Rankings was of primary importance.

Federer continues to embody elegance and effortless style. By playing a light schedule and with luck in avoiding serious injury, he has managed to retain his speed and athleticism, his joy and expressiveness, to rank World No. 1 at a time when the average age of the Top 10 is 26.6 years.

Federer’s love for the sport is intense. He has indicated a desire to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, so the chances of further record-breaking and glory on the grandest of stages cannot be ruled out for, who many consider is, the greatest player of all-time

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Roger Federer moves past Pete Sampras rankings record

Roger Federer broke another record on Monday when he began an unprecedented 287th week as world number one.

The 30-year-old drew level with Pete Sampras on 286 weeks with victory over Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final.

That was Federer's 17th Grand Slam title, a record-equalling seventh at SW19 and put him top of the rankings for the first time since 31 May 2010.

"I'm proud and honoured to beat Pete's record as he was my childhood hero and I've always looked up to him," he said.

"It is an amazing feeling to have regained the number one ranking.

"I had set a goal with my team to try and get back to the top of the rankings, but I never thought with the depth in the game this year that I would have been able to get it back so quickly."

Sampras added: "The hardest thing to do in sports is the ability to stay on top. Roger has been able to do so by great play and durability."

Federer, who turns 31 in August, is the second oldest man after Andre Agassi to hold the world number one ranking.

"I'm so happy I'm at the age I am right now, because I had such a great run and I know there's still more possible," said the Swiss.

Federer by numbers

• 22 - aged 22 years and five months, Federer becomes world number one on 2 February 2004

• 30 - aged 30 years and 11 months, Federer sets the record for most weeks at number one

• 237 - consecutive weeks at number one from 2 February 2004 to the week of 11 August 2008

• 853 - 853-192 win-loss record during his career

• 75 - career titles from 106 finals

• 17 - Grand Slam titles

• 20 - Masters 1000 titles

• 6 - ATP World Tour Finals titles

"To enjoy it right now, it's very different than when I was 20 or 25. I'm at a much more stable place in my life. I wouldn't want anything to change. So this is very, very special right now."

Federer holds a 75-point lead over world number two Novak Djokovic and is guaranteed to hold top spot heading into the Olympics.

He has won five titles this year and compiled a 63-6 win-loss record since the 2011 US Open, going 17-0 at the end of 2011 and 46-6 this season.

It is a fine achievement for a player whose last major title before Wimbledon came at the 2010 Australian Open.

Federer also had to recover from a painful defeat by Djokovic in the US Open semi-finals, when he led by two sets and had match points.

"I think it was a time where I just had to believe that things were going to turn around for me," he explained.

"I think when I came back to Basel, which was a home tournament, things obviously changed for me to winning ways again.

"Then the confidence rose as I went to Paris and also to London. I think this is when I realised a lot is possible in 2012."

Federer first became world number one in February 2004 and held it until August 2008.

He reclaimed it in July 2009 before being deposed by Rafael Nadal after the 2010 French Open.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/18854412
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http://www.diariouno.com.ar/deportes...0716-0055.html

For the non-spanish speakers.
Something like, Fed will play 2 matches here in Argentina vs Delpo.
He added one the next day.

The tickets sold out in less than a day for the first match (remember the stadium is about 20.000 people)... And the tickets prizes are from about 120 to 700 US$.

The title of that article is something like "Roger Federe's visit to Argentina makes furor".



Some months ago, BaTennis (An important tennis website in Buenos Aires) made a poll about who's the favorite player.
And Roger won that poll over Del Potro and Nalbandian (2nd and 3rd place).


So... You can see what Roger means to Argentina.

I'm so proud of beeing a Roger-Fan. I bought a really good ticket, I was working so hard and saving money for the big event.
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