I translated the following interview of Roger with German media for RF.com.
Maybe some of you would like to read it here as well
"Hamburg was my breakthrough"
By Florian Merkel
Hamburg's tennisfans can't wait for the first appearance of Superstar Roger Federer at the Rothenbaum since 4 years. 2002 the GS record winner from Switzerland celebrated one of his first big titles here.
Before he arrrives tomorrow with his wife Mirka and his twin daughters the 31year old talked to MOPO about crisis, career plans and his buddy Haas.
Mr. Federer, first of all: How did you got over the early Wimbledon loss?
Roger Federer: After I was since 9 years all the time always at least in the QF of Grand Slams it was of course strange to pack the suitcase. Within 24 hours I had an idea though: That I would like to play Hamburg, that I could play in Gstaad, that I could do a bit of holidays now so that I don't have to do it that often later on.
You can't be sad or disappointed too long. I had a great run at the Grand Slams and it was about to happen one day. Of course I hoped that it wouldn't happen in Wimbledon.
Does such a loss bother you the same as 4, 5 years ago?
That's difficult to say. Sometimes you think that life goes on, no problem, I'm not in the first year of my career anymore. Sometimes it hits you a bit harder and you think that you won't be able to play in Wimbledon for 15 times anymore.
5 years ago, when I won 2, 3 Grand Slam titles in a season, such a loss would have hurt me much more because I would have been the main favorite back then.
You are out of the Top 4 of the world now for the first time in 10 years. What are your goals for the future?
I wan't to be able to hang around at the top for a long time, to win tournaments. The ranking will Show up then. I have never said that I have to get back into the Top 4 immediately or that I have to be in the Top 10 forever. Short-dated I have to see that I play better and that I can get over the Wimbledon loss. There's still much to achieve!
For example here in Hamburg, one of your favorite places in Germany, as you once said. What do you as a Swiss like about the North
To be honest: At the beginning the cold weather wasn't really my thing. But the longer I was able to stay because I played good the more I liked it. You can spend more time in the town, talk to people and develop a connection to the fans. Hamburg is really a beautiful town, the Alster River, the people - I feel comfortable here.
In 2002 you celebrated at the Rothenbaum your first Masters title. Where do you classify this success?
It was very emotional and will stay in the memory. That victory was a main breakthrough for me and plays an important role because I came into the Top 10 for the first time with it.
You are the main attraction in Hamburg together with your buddy Tommy Haas. Everyone is looking forward to this final. How do you deal with it that you are the crowd favorite and the favorite for the title?
I'm searching for this pressure, otherwise I would just stay at home and practice or finish my career. This pressure makes me stronger and let me dreak of big things. I love it to be the crowd favorite, one who brings tennis forward. I played a lot of Masters 1000 and Grand Slam tournaments but I miss the smaller tournaments, so the joy is also huge from my side and the crowd will feel it.
You won in Hamburg 4 times, Haas never. Assumed you are going to play against each other in the final: Would you grant him the victory?
I already did it in Halle (at the Gerry Weber Open 2012) [laughs]. Of course the tournament in Hamburg is very special, I know that he lived here before and that a title would mean a lot to him. But I will give everything against any player and unfortunately you have to forget then that there is a buddy on the other side of the net. When he should win then though I would be happy for him.
How do you see Haas off court?
I got to know Tommy a lot better during the last years. Since he also got a daughter we are spending more time together with our families which is always great and a lot of fun. On the court Tommy is a bit differently. He needs his angry outburts, his energy, his personality on the court to be able to play good. He also needs this in his private life and I like to join then. I like to practice with Tommy but there were times when we didn't practiced that much together because we were both too much of hotheads and it didn't went well. But now we are both staidy and happy that we can still play.
I'm really happy for Tommy that he fought back that much, it's awesome! It's also an inspiration for me to see that you can hang around with the others without a problem even at his age.
German source: http://www.mopo.de/sportmix/intervie...,23706762.html