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Old 01-09-2013, 11:54 AM   #1951
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in Le Temps (French-speaking Swiss newspaper) there was an interview of a former Federer's teacher (in accounting apparently) in the Swiss "sports-studies" center in Ecublens, between 1995 and 1997.

Here's a translation of the main part of the interview :



the full interview in French :
Awesome interview. Thanks for sharing.
I'll translate the whole thing when I have time.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:51 PM   #1952
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Federer's South America Diary: An Exotic Twelve Days

Marco Falbo, Journalist



09.01.2013

Temperatures above 35°C, a police escort with flashing lights and sirens, and matches with legendary tennis players in their 70s: Roger Federer's pre-Christmas trip to São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Colombia brought a multitude of new impressions and unforgettable encounters – with fans, media and business representatives, sports figures, and the wild and lush nature of South America.



Tuesday, December 4: Finally in Brazil
After a 15-hour Emirates flight from Dubai, Roger Federer arrives at São Paulo's Guarulhos Airport at 7:30 p.m., accompanied by physical therapist Stéphane Vivier. "My heart was racing. I had no idea what to expect as I walked into the arrival hall," he says later. A large group of fans is already waiting, greeting him with shouts of "Roger, Roger!" A helicopter takes him into São Paulo, a city of 20 million. The Renaissance is the official tournament hotel, but Federer, along with Vivier, his manager Tony Godsick, and his father Robbie, is staying at the Tivoli Mofarrej in the city's garden district, a hotel that boasts South America's largest presidential suite.

Wednesday, December 5: A Busy Schedule
Federer trains at the 55-year-old Ginásio do Ibirapuera, which seats 10,000. He meets with organizers, sponsors, journalists, and fans, and plays tennis with underprivileged children. After the official Gillette Federer Tour gala evening, there is still time for a late-night dinner with fellow tennis players.

Thursday, December 6: Flashbulbs, Followed by Struggles with the Heat
Pandemonium at the press conference on the 20th floor of the Cidade Jardim Corporate Center: Twenty camera teams are waiting – including one all the way from Chile – and nearly all of the 168 seats are taken. Organizer Luis Felipe Tavares calls this the "greatest tennis event in Brazil's history." When Federer walks up to the podium at 12:34 p.m., an hour later than scheduled, he is greeted with thunderous applause. "The time has finally come," he says, admitting that he is excited. He's the star of the event, outshining even Maria Sharapova. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga joins him in a shaving competition.

In the afternoon Federer visits the Mercadão, the city's famous market, where he samples some of the exotic local fruit for the first time and enjoys a traditional mortadella sandwich. At 9:40 p.m. he walks into the sold-out and overheated Ibirapuera Stadium to a torrent of flashbulbs and the roar of the crowd. His first professional appearance in South America, however, ends in a loss to Tomaz Bellucci, Brazil's best player: 5-7, 6-3, 4-6. Federer is feeling the time difference and the heat; he changes his shirt three times. Exhausted, he falls into bed at 2:30 a.m.

Friday, December 7: Football with Kids from the Favelas and Tennis with Legendary Players
After a few hours of sleep, he visits a favela, one of Brazil's shanty towns, where he watches disadvantaged children play football and attempts a penalty kick. In the afternoon he plays tennis with Brazil's greatest tennis legends: Gustavo Kuerten and Maria Ester Bueno. The 73-year-old Bueno, a 19-time Grand Slam winner, has been so excited about this event that she had all of her rackets restrung. Next is a visit to the Philanthropic Forum at the headquarters of Credit Suisse Hedging-Griffo. In the evening, Federer honors Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Scharapowa at "his" exhibition tournament; after all, he is the tournament host.

Saturday, December 8: An Unforgettable Day with Pelé
A day to remember begins with a casual match against Serena Williams at the MASP, the city's modern art museum. A highlight is Federer's visit to the home of 72-year-old football legend Pelé. The two sports icons exchange autographed shirts. "It's a dream come true to meet him in his home country," says Federer, who is surprised by how much former sports minister Pelé knows about tennis. In the evening he beats Tsonga 7-6, 6-3 in his second match, in what turns out to be the most spectacular match of the tour. "This was one of the most unbelievable days of my life," he says long after midnight, as hundreds of fans are still waiting for him outside of the stadium.

Sunday, December 9: After Five Days, a Chance to Sleep In
Finally Federer can sleep in; the first item on his agenda, an interview, is not until noon. Some 100 fans are waiting outside of his hotel as he heads to the stadium. His third match, against Tommy Haas, begins at 6:00 p.m., and fun is had by all. Federer, who wins 6-4, 6-4, exchanges his tennis jersey for the uniform of Brazil's national football team, the Seleção Brasileira, and demonstrates that he also has some talent when it comes to footwork and larger balls. "It was a special night and a fabulous atmosphere, and I'm sad to be leaving Brazil," he says.

Monday, December 10: Incredible Nature
Federer's father, Robbie, had suggested making a detour on the way to Buenos Aires to visit the famous waterfalls on the Iguaçu River, which proves to be an excellent idea. The natural features where Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay intersect leave an impression on Federer that will last a lifetime. He views the massive waterfalls first from a helicopter, then from a speedboat; luckily the water level is perfect for a trip under the falls and through the canyon. Federer is thrilled: "It doesn't get any better than this. Anyone who visits South America absolutely has to come here."

Tuesday, December 11: VIP Escort – with Flashing Lights and Sirens through Buenos Aires
He meets the Argentine media for the first time at a major press conference, held with Juan Martin Del Potro, Argentina's top tennis player. "I've wanted to come to this country for a long time," Federer says. Rather than taking a helicopter, as in São Paulo, he is driven through the Argentine capital in a limousine escorted by motorcycle police, with sirens blaring and lights flashing. Everywhere he goes, the traffic yields to his motorcade. Here, too, the fans find him irresistible.

Wednesday, December 12: Federer Meets Kirchner
Accompanied by his father, manager, and physical therapist, Federer is received by the Argentine president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, at the presidential residence. They both have an enjoyable conversation, and Federer presents a signed tennis racket to the president. At an open-air stadium built especially for this event, located in the Buenos Aires suburb of Tigre, the first exhibition match in Argentina begins an hour late. An incident required a section of the stands to be evacuated, but the 20,000 spectators take it in stride. And they are thrilled with the match, which Del Potro wins 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Thursday, December 13: Football, Tennis, and Football Tennis
At the Bombonera (candy box) stadium, the home of Boca Juniors, Federer plays football tennis, or "futnet," with Juan Martin Del Potro and football legends Gabriel Batistuta and Esteban Cambiasso. The game is played on a court with a net in the middle, and its rules are similar to those of tennis. Federer defeats Del Potro 6-4, 7-6 in the evening's exhibition tennis match, which features a series of spectacular rallies.

Friday, December 14: In Colombia for the First Time
The six-hour flight from Buenos Aires to Bogotá is about to take off. Federer poses for a photo with the sunset in the background and uploads it to Facebook before leaving for his first press conference in Colombia. Here, too, the fans and the media can't wait to see him.

Saturday, December 15: A Sombrero on the Tennis Court
In Bogotá, too, he meets a prominent football player, Colombian goalkeeper Farid Mondragon, and they exchange jerseys. In the sixth and final exhibition match of the tour, Federer scores his fourth win, a 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 victory against Tsonga in front of 13,000 fans. Afterwards he poses on the court with a traditional sombrero before leaving for the airport. His private plane takes off for Zurich at midnight. Federer will arrive just in time for the live broadcast of the Credit Suisse Sports Awards, where he is named Swiss Athlete of the Year for the fifth time.

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Here is the French interview for the magazine:
http://www.illustre.ch/Roger-Federer...e_166155_.html

I can understand most but am not confident to do a full translation




hoping someone on rf.com could translate the article
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Here is the French interview for the magazine:
http://www.illustre.ch/Roger-Federer...e_166155_.html

I can understand most but am not confident to do a full translation

hoping someone on rf.com could translate the article
it's a great great interview and a great article

I hope somebody who's brave enough can make the whole translation because it's really worth it, the article describes very precisely and well the southAmerican trip and in the interview, Roger is very sincere and talkative, even more than usual, I think, even talks a lot of his father

But it's a big work because it's very long
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:25 AM   #1955
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one of Fed's answers is very interesting imo :

When you're in the spotlight, inevitably there are always problems somewhere. You never know what to say or do. So I told myself that it was the natural side which should be brought out first. It has always been like that. Management agency or not, I've never been guided by anyone. However, I've always talked a lot with my parents, with Mirka, with my closest friends, and I've always listened to my personal feelings. I need to feel good about myself because as soon as I try to do something which is not me, I immediately feel discomfort, pressure, an unpleasant feeling.
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I'm happy to collaborate with one of the French posters to translate it, as I understand french well enough. If you've done a partial translation, I can take it from there and put it in the English.
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Wow, that *is* long - and not exactly simple. Good luck! I'll read it tomorrow.
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Federer calls for biological passports to detect doping

By Theo Ruizenaar | Reuters – 16 hours ago

ROTTERDAM (Reuters) - World number two Roger Federer has called for the introduction of biological passports in tennis similar to those used in cycling to detect possible doping.

"A blood passport will be necessary as some substances can't be discovered right now but might in the future, and that risk of discovery can chase cheaters away," the 31-year-old Swiss said on the opening day of the World Indoor Tournament in Rotterdam.

"But there also should be more blood tests and out of competition controls in tennis," he added.

According to figures on the International Tennis Federation website (www.itftennis.com), sport's governing body carried out only 21 out-of-competition blood tests in the professional game in 2011.

Cycling's governing body the UCI carried out more than 3,314 out-of-competition blood tests in the same year.

The UCI introduced biological passports in 2008 to track any blood changes in riders against an original profile which could mean they had taken illegal substances.

"I didn't get tested on blood after the Australian Open and I told the responsible people over there that it was a big surprise for me," said Federer, who lost to Briton Andy Murray in the semi-finals.

"But there also will be more funding needed to make all the tests possible and the Grand Slam tournaments should help to finance that as it is in their best interest to keep the sport clean and credible."

Federer said he had the impression that his sport was clean.

"The past years we had something like one case a year and often it had to do with unintentional mistakes made by players," he said. "But even then they should not make those mistakes and know the rules and live by them."

Defending champion Federer begins his quest for a third Rotterdam title against Slovenian Grega Zemlja on Wednesday.

(Editing by John Mehaffey)
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it seems that in his press conference, he said that he had missed a lot his family in Rotterdam, he didn't feel well and that may partly explain why he played bad :

http://www.welovetennis.fr/federer/6...-manquait-trop

Honestly, when I learnt that Mirka wasn't there, I had thought that this reaction was possible.

I don't think it would be good for his game if it happened too often, I think it may be a worrying point.
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Published: February 21, 2013 at 9:12 PM ET

GOVHU, South Africa (Reuters) - Roger Federer was back in South Africa for the first time in eight years and it was not long before he was surrounded by a swarm of three-year-old toddlers tugging at his shirt and hankering to play a game of tennis.

Unlike many of the fans the 17-times grand slam champion usually encounters, these children hold a special place in the Swiss champion's heart as his charitable foundation is helping to educate them.

Federer showed the children how to play tennis, joined them in a game of hopscotch and read out stories to a captive audience before sitting down with Reuters to chat about the pressures faced by top athletes, being in his South African mother's homeland, and what he hopes to achieve during the 10th anniversary of the Roger Federer Foundation.

REUTERS: Your trip here has coincided with the bail hearing of paralympian Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius's story has put a particular spotlight on sporting heroes. Do you think there's a lot of pressure put on professional athletes?

FEDERER: Everybody handles it (pressure and stress) differently. My success came gradually, which was helpful, even though I was always considered a great talent, someone who could become world number one. So it wasn't a huge surprise that I made it to world number one and won Wimbledon, but for me it was.

To handle that stardom, the red carpets, the photo shoots, people all of a sudden recognizing you and following you in everyday life, it's a bit weird. It's strange and it can have funny effects on you in terms of do you like it or don't you like it. Some people run away from it, some people embrace it, I found a good middle ground.

It's tricky, especially (because) people love fairytale stories; take you down, put you back up, put you down. And obviously the more famous you become, the more great everything seems when things goes well, and the worse they seem when things don't go so well.

I realized that when I was world number one, I would play an average match and people would say ‘you played so well, it's unbelievable'. And when I would play incredibly they would say ‘oh my god, we've never seen this tennis before in my life'. So it's always an exaggeration, the whole thing, and that's what we live in, unfortunately.

REUTERS: So are we paying undue attention to Pistorius because of who he is?

FEDERER: This is now a particular story, it's very difficult. You can't compare this one to any other....

REUTERS: How important is it to take time out?

FEDERER: For me vacation and family time is as important as training. So I try to take to take at least 10 days if not two weeks of holiday. After the Australian (Open in January) I took two weeks of vacation, all I did was spend time with my family.

I couldn't handle this daily stress of people recognizing me, signing autographs, doing press, playing matches, the pressure, people always in my face.

I need to get away from it all. So that when I do come back to the game, I'm hungry, and I'm in the mood to sign autographs, I'm in the mood to do interviews. Not that it becomes a drain and it becomes a burden, because when it's that, the fun goes away then you stop, it's just as simple as that.

REUTERS: It's been a decade since you set up the Roger Federer Foundation which funds pre-school and primary education in Africa and Switzerland. What are you doing to mark the anniversary?

FEDERER: We were thinking of doing different things. Most important was that I definitely do the trip this year, that has been my number one priority. I went to Ethiopia a few years ago but I really wanted to come back to South Africa.

My heart is in South Africa, through my mum. My mum being from here, me spending a lot of time here as well, I feel most connected to this part of the world.

Obviously I would like to see other ones (projects in the five other African countries) as well, but coming here, being able to do something in South Africa and also visiting my family was important.

The 10 years are important to us. I still feel we're in the beginning of everything. Ten years sounds like a long time but it's changed a lot in terms of the kids we're able to reach and the money we're able to put out there to help.

In this regard I was thinking of doing another 'Match for Africa' again which I did two or three years ago with (Rafa)Nadal when I was able to raise up to $3 million. I don't know if this year will be the year to do it but I hope to.

REUTERS: Is it important for people in your kind of position to 'give back'?

FEDERER: Sometimes it's not always about the money. If people were willing to give time, to talk, to inspire, to help; because at the end of the day it comes down to the people who help the kids get smarter and get better at the end of the day.

Of course you need money to be able to do that sometimes, not everywhere in the world, but here particularly you do, its clear, its visible.

REUTERS: Is it important to do it?

FEDERER: I think you have to do what you feel is right to do. I don't think there's a certain obligation, but it would be a missed opportunity if you didn't because, let's not forget how incredibly lucky... I can only speak for myself; how incredibly lucky I feel that I made my hobby my job and my dream at the end of the day.

Sometimes with little effort I can raise so much awareness or raise so much money in one event, that other people would take a long long time to raise - I feel I would be selfish if I were to not share that with other people.

REUTERS: Your twin daughters are almost four years old now. Does having a family make you better or slow you down?

FEDERER: I thought it would maybe slow me down a bit just because everybody says so. I'm happy that again I was able to prove that its possible to have a family and play well. Not only do I have a family but I have twin girls, so it was super intense in the first years, it's still very intense now. But I made it work. I have an incredible wife who is so supportive and is willing to travel.

At (the) Rotterdam (tournament last week) I was by myself, and I didn't feel the same. Maybe that's one of the reasons I didn't play well, who knows? I miss them much.


I'm happy that I'm able to combine both at the same time. Nine, 10 years ago I never thought of me being a dad, playing tennis, winning the big titles.

In the dream or vision, you always see yourself with the trophy, but you never see yourself with the trophy looking at your kids like what happened at Wimbledon last year. I'm happy I had the opportunity to live through that, those memories will be with me for a lifetime.

NB: The Roger Federer Foundation supports 40 pre-schools in Limpopo province and spends over $3 million a year on educational projects in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Ethiopia and Federer's home country Switzerland.

Over 50,000 children benefited from the foundation's efforts in 2012 to improve quality education in pre-schools and primary schools.

(Editing by Pritha Sarkar and Ed Osmond)
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it seems that in his press conference, he said that he had missed a lot his family in Rotterdam, he didn't feel well and that may partly explain why he played bad
I did wonder, when I heard that they weren't there, if that was a contributing factor. OTOH, did he play that badly in Shanghai?
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