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Old 05-20-2009, 01:28 AM   #196
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Goodness me. What a statement. He just waited for a chance to say it, I believe.
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heres a (particularly bias and not overly pleasent) article which was written in my local paper "The Courier"

Nadal can be beaten: Federer

PARIS. Rafael nadal is poised to become the first man to claim five successive French Open Titles and once again crush Roger Federers fading, lifetime ambition of a career grand slam.

The 22-year old world No.1 may ahve seen his latest , marathon claycourt winning streak halted at 33 by Federer in Madrid.

But the swiss star's hopes of that victory-which came a day after Nadal spent over four hours beating Novak Djokovic in his semi-final- heralding a new dawn seem certain only to usher another dark chapter at Roland Garros where he has lost the last three finals to his Spanish rival.

Two years ago, federer ended Nadal's 81-match streak on clay at Hamburg to instil fresh confidence of finally cracking the French code, but he was to be denied once they resumed hostilities in Paris.

On evidence of the 2008 tournament, where Federer won just four games in a brutally one-sided final, the 13-time grand slam title winner looks doomed.

Adding to the odds stacked against him is Nadal's record of having won all 28 matches he's played in the French capital. Furthermore, in 2008, the Spaniard swept to the title without dropping a set.

But Federer refuses to concede defeat, believing that his win in Madrid, which is his 58th career title, but first of 2009 could be another launchpad.

"He has never lost in Paris so obviously his confidence is very high, but i think we have seen that if you play Rafa the right way there are chances" said the 27-year-old world No.2.

"i know his game inside out. It's not like he changes many things. He is just rock solid like when Leyton Hewitt was No.1 and those other guys who were dominating from the baseline".

"he is the best mover on this surface. He is just an excellent competitor and that is what makes him so difficult to beat".
"i know what you have to do but it's not easy to do agaisnt him because he is so good"

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the first bold statement just irritates me...why suddenly now is it a fading dream? yes ok so he hasn't had the amount of wins he normally has but its not like he's old and useless all of a sudden.

and the second statement is the kind that irritates me most of all! why is it that whenever someone loses wither it be federer or nadal, djokovic or murray whoever...no one can ever just say "oh well the better man won" why is it always..."oh well he played for 4 hours yesterday"..."oh his back was playing up"...."oh it was to hot and im a cry-baby serb"()....on the day, Federer was infact Betterer....and he won...Nadal played for like 5 hours in the AO semi against Verdasco and he still got through and beat Roger in the final....it just seems like a cop-out.

and the part about Federer knowing Rafas game inside-out is also true Rafa's game IMO never changes its 9 times out of 10 really good but the same game, just a different day....by now you would think he would have figured out a way to crack it
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Amy don't bother getting annoyed, I also hate these clearly biased and non-factual articles. They really put me off.

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Sampras tips Federer to win Wimbledon
May 21, 2009 - 7:44PM

Tennis great Pete Sampras tipped Roger Federer to regain his Wimbledon crown from Rafael Nadal, who will be carrying extra pressure as defending champion.

The American, who won Wimbledon seven times, said he sensed Federer was hungry for another title.

"It will be interesting for Rafa to come back as defending champion as before he was always just a contender, so there will be a bit more pressure on him this year," he said as he launched the Venetian Macau Showdown on Thursday.

"Roger is very hungry for the title and he came so close last year.

"In last year's final Roger and Rafa really transcended the sport. It's also a good opportunity for players like Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic to come through.

"If I was to put money on it I would say Roger, but he's not a shoo-in."

If Federer does win Wimbledon he could equal or even beat Sampras' record 14 Grand Slam titles. The Swiss superstar currently has 13 and has a chance to make it 14 at next week's French Open, although clay is not his best surface.

Meanwhile, Sampras, who retired after winning the 2002 US Open, dismissed suggestions that the standard of American men's tennis was in decline, saying it had always gone in cycles.

"In the early 1990s people were saying the same thing then Andre (Agassi), Jim (Courier), Michael Chang and myself came along," he said.

"And the state of American men's tennis is not poor right now. We've got Andy (Roddick) and James (Blake).

"It's just that people expect No.1s and Roger and Nadal are head and shoulders above everyone else.

"Hopefully we will get back to being right at the top and we have some promising players coming through who can hopefully do that."

Sampras will play an exhibition game in Macau in October against old rival Andre Agassi.

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HONG KONG (AP)—Pete Sampras thinks his record of 14 Grand Slam titles will be tied by Roger Federer at Wimbledon this year.

Sampras made the prediction Thursday while discussing an October exhibition match against his old rival Andre Agassi in Macau.

Federer needs one more major title to match Sampras’ mark. Sampras never managed to win the French Open before he retired. Federer hasn’t won the title at Roland Garros, either, leaving Wimbledon as the most likely opportunity for him to tie Sampras.

Federer’s five-year winning streak at Wimbledon ended last year in a five-set final loss to Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who also won the French Open last year and the Australian Open in January.

“It will be interesting for Rafa to come back as defending champion as before he was always just a contender, so there will be a bit more pressure on him this year,” Sampras said of the looming Wimbledon tournament. “Roger is very hungry for the title and he came so close last year.

“If I was to put my money on it, I would say Roger, but he’s not a shoo-in.”

While Sampras was mulling over Federer’s prospects, he was reliving his own past clashes with Agassi.

The two Americans will face off on Oct. 25 at The Venetian Macao casino in the Chinese territory and gambling enclave.

Praising Agassi’s service return and passing shots, Sampras said in a telephone conference: “We always had really tough matches and we brought out the best in each other.”

When the duo were top and second-ranked men’s players in the world in the mid-1990s, the rivalry “transcended the sport,” Sampras said.

“When people ask me who my great rival is I always tell them Andre.”

Sampras won 64 singles titles, and Agassi took 60, including being the last man to win all four grand slam titles over his career.

In 34 meetings between the two, Sampras won 20, including the finals of the U.S. Open in 1990, 1995 and 2002, plus Wimbledon in 1999. Agassi beat Sampras in the 1995 Australian Open final.

The Sampras-Agassi exhibition recalled brighter times for American tennis, but Sampras said the presence of Andy Roddick (No.6) and James Blake (No.16) in the world’s top 20 showed the U.S. game was not in bad shape.

“It tends to go in cycles,” Sampras said. “In the early 1990s people were saying the same thing and then Andre, Jim (Courier), Michael Chang and myself came along.”
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An interview with:

ROGER FEDERER

THE FRENCH OPEN

22 May 2009

Paris, France


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You're here in Paris. Everybody in the world would like to be in Paris. It's everybody's dream as a tourist. How do you feel about it?

ROGER FEDERER: I'm happy, too. I only get here twice a year, you know, for big events, you know. I hope one day I can come back as a tourist, too.

Q. Right now your morale is good? I know you've improved the morale of all your fans from my e‑mail messages anyway.

ROGER FEDERER: Have I? That's good to hear.

Q. How's yours?

ROGER FEDERER: I feel fine, you know. I'm in a good mood. My game is doing well. I feel like I'm practicing well this week.

I didn't have any problems to, you know, adapt to the different conditions here than in Madrid. But also important is that I'm, you know, mentally and physically fresh at this stage, and I feel like I am.

Of course, it's important I come through the first round and find my way through the tournament. But of course the tournament victory in Madrid was a big boost for me.

Q. Just a bit like Bud's question, but the fact that you speak French, how much more do you think it helps you sort of appreciate Roland Garros and just feel at ease here, compared to a player, say, who doesn't speak French just in the organization, being in the city?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, it definitely helps. I felt like it's hard to get around sometimes in Madrid, for instance, where I don't speak the language. I don't go to many countries where, you know, I don't speak the language. And if I do, they do speak quite good English. Spain is a bit more difficult because Spanish is a such a big language in the world. It made it a bit harder.

Here everything here is very natural, very easy. They're helpful. It's a nice tournament. I like coming here.

Q. What is the key point of training for this tournament on a clay court?

ROGER FEDERER: Getting used to, you know, the conditions again here in Paris. It's been a year, so you've just got to, you know, feel your way into Chatrier Court, Suzanne Lenglen Court, the bounce, the sliding, how much does it slide and everything. That takes a few days and everything.

I felt everything happened very, very quickly for me. For instance, today I'm only going to hit for an hour because I already played so much the last few weeks. At this stage, it's just about, you know, pacing myself, as well, and doing the right things.

So it's resting up quite a bit, you know. But at the same time, when I'm on the court, it's more quality than quantity this week.

Q. You played some offensive tennis in Madrid. Do you think it's a style of play you could repeat at the French Open, even though the surface is different than in Madrid?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I kind of always feel like I play offensive. I'm not the guy to wait for an error from the opponent, except if the scoreline suggests that I have to play differently.

But, no, I mean, I tried, you know, last week to play as good as I could. I decided for the finals to play a bit more offensive than what I usually so and it worked, so that was a good thing.

But other than that, you know, the rounds before that I just tried to play my game, and it worked. I was happy the way I played.

Q. What do you expect from Alberto Martin, your first rival?

ROGER FEDERER: I think we played once before, I'm not 100% sure. In Monaco, I think we played. Yeah, I mean, we know each other since a while. We've been on tour for quite some time. You know, he's one of those Spaniards who's gonna to make it hard for you. It's important for me to be able to take control from the baseline and play aggressive in such a player, not let him get too much rhythm.

But that's definitely a test in the first round. I guess we'll see.

Q. You said you miss the Spaniards, playing the Spaniards on the clay.

ROGER FEDERER: Here we go. First up.

Q. You're one of the few people who knows what it feels like to dominate a particular tournament the way Nadal has here. Your success, for example, at Wimbledon year after year, or the US Open. Is there a difference when you arrive at a tournament like one of those where you have had a lot of success? Do you arrive with a different mindset or feeling coming to a place that you've had a lot of success?

ROGER FEDERER: You mean compared to this, or...

Well, sort of. Maybe a little bit, I guess. You know, just because especially if you come back to Wimbledon or US Open when I won three, four, five times in a row, sure. Nothing else is acceptable than a victory, I feel. You know, everything else would be a big loss.
But at the same time, you take every tournament round by round, you know, just because you don't want to get ahead of yourself because you know the road is long to victory.

For me, being so long on tour now, I take every tournament very, very seriously. I'm as professional as ever and I'm working as hard as ever. I'm not underestimating any opponents, no matter if I had had success there or not.

But it maybe gives you a slight edge knowing you've been successful at a certain tournament.

Q. Besides tennis, which sport do you like to play?

ROGER FEDERER: Um, I used to do all sports when I was younger. Now, obviously the time being short for plenty of other sports. I still like to follow soccer as much as I can. I like to go skiing if I get a chance. You know, play maybe basketball with my friends if I've got a little bit of time. Table tennis, squash, you name it, you know. I like all sort of ball sports.

It's good for coordination, I think. It's good to free your mind sometimes. And other than that, I just like to also relax a little bit.

Q. What's your perspective on this: You won in Madrid and kind of the global buzz is, Roger's back. You've been saying all along you've been feeling pretty good and you've been ranked No. 2 in the world lately, No. 1 before for a long time. How do you put that in perspective? Do you feel that's a positive thing, or is it too much of a knee‑jerk thing and you try and put it in perspective.

ROGER FEDERER: Well, for me, it doesn't really change a whole lot from one week to the next. I always look at the big picture: this year, next year, the next five years. So of course I'm interested how I'm playing and if I'm winning tournaments, you know. But I don't think just because of one tournament or, you know, one first‑round loss or one tournament victory everything changes.

You know, I know I've been doing the right things trying to get back in shape after the problems I've had with my back, you know, just regaining the edge, you know, against my fellow rivals, you know. It's just important that I played well when I had to, and I was able to do that last week in Madrid, which I wasn't before just because, you know, something was lacking in my game, just lack of practice maybe.

Now everything is coming together during the phase of this year, which is most important, you know, ahead of the French Open, Wimbledon right behind. So it's good for me to gain confidence, but, still, work's not done yet. It's just only starting. It's important to stay on top of things, do the right things, and work hard and be positive about this great challenge ahead now.

Q. I'm glad to hear you mention the words "five years," because I had so much mail after Australia saying, Is he going to quit the way Borg did? You don't have any plans like that, do you?

ROGER FEDERER: No, I was talking ‑‑ I thought I explained myself clear enough. That I definitely want to play until the London Olympics, and after that I would like to play a even more. I even said that I'd like to have my child see me play, as well. My child is not five yet, so that should answer all the questions.

Q. Do you ever give yourself hell?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I always question myself, you know. I've questioned myself in the best of times when I was winning four, five titles in a row. What can I improve? What can I change to get better? I think it's important to do that when you're on top of your game, but also again when things were not going so well.

There are certain times during the year where you just have to sit down and analyze, are you happy with what's going on? Could you do more? Should you do less? Because some sometimes less is more.

So, yeah, I mean, I always try to find the best ways to get better as a player.
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Q. Djokovic played a tough match against Nadal, and you defeated Nadal in Madrid. Is it good for you? Does it make you feel it's possible here in Paris?

ROGER FEDERER: I forgot at the beginning of your question.

Q. The fact that Nadal had a tough match against Djokovic and the fact that he defeated Nadal in Madrid, is it good for you from a psychological standpoint?

ROGER FEDERER: The important thing to me is that I won against Nadal, not the fact that he had a tough match against Djokovic. It gives me confidence. Confidence about this tournament. I'm very happy to be here and fit. I feel good.

Then when you have to play like Rafa who has always been very good on this surface, and to see that he almost lost against Djokovic, you realize that if you play him the right way you can beat him. Because each year he wins 40 matches on clay and you never defeat him, you can be a bit pessimistic.

I realize if I play well, there is an opportunity there. But at the end of the day, you need to focus on your game and see what comes out.

Q. This gesture you had at the end of Madrid, was the gesture of a daddy to his son? You were pointing your finger like this. We were not used to seeing you doing that at the end of the match.

ROGER FEDERER: No, I was just happy. It was good winning this tournament. I'm not going to lie down on the court, because that was ‑‑ that wouldn't have been appropriate. It was a quick match. I played well. But that's it.

Q. Nadal never lost here in Paris. 28 victories. No defeats. Isn't it a bit scary?

ROGER FEDERER: No, because he should have played the two years before that, but he was injured. So it's an extraordinary record he holds. Everybody would like to have the same record. But he was a bit more fragile when he was younger. But if he had played, maybe he would have lost a few games.

But, no, since he started, everything went fine for him. It's not all that scary, but I have great respect for what he has achieved.

Q. After Madrid, you said you were happy about the result, because it's also the result of all the work you put in your game. So my question is: What did you work on particularly before Madrid? Did you modify your program or your schedule before you came here?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, yes and no. I had problems in my back in February, so I missed the Davis Cup then. I got married, so I didn't have much time to prepare on clay for Monte‑Carlo.

But then between Monte‑Carlo and Rome and Rome and Madrid I practiced a lot; I trained a lot. I worked on my regularity, on my placement, and I had the feeling that I was still a bit slow on some of my shots.

So I wanted to be more regular, to be able to do that for hours and hours. I worked a lot, and it paid off in Madrid. I was a bit surprised to see it paying off that quickly.
I realized I could get much stronger very quickly, so I'm happy everything worked well. Everything is okay to start this big tournament.

Q. Would you consider that compared to last year, would you say that this year you have a better chance to win Roland Garros? And if yes, why?

ROGER FEDERER: No, not really. It's always been the same thing over the last few years. I've always been one of the favorites on the tournament, just like this year, so I don't think I have a better opportunity.

Q. The fact you defeated Nadal, does it give you more confidence?

ROGER FEDERER: If I play him in a final, maybe. But we're not there yet. We have to see how it goes.

Q. After the beginning of your season, the press was having questions; the crowd was having questions. But now we have more faith again. How do you experience that as a champion?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, that was a bit of a surprise. I lost in five sets in Australia, and a very difficult match. It was very high‑level of tennis. People see it as my losing in the second round, but it's a bit disappointing, you know.

I lose in Wimbledon, and then they say, Okay, he lost a Grand Slam. But if you analyze things a bit closer, I was close to winning three tournaments out of four. I had problems with my mononucleosis, and the problems, my injuries in the back, so you needed to take a bit of time and see how many tournaments I can actually win.

And should I have played them or not is what ‑‑ I think yes, because it was good for my body to win. But I couldn't win the tournaments I wanted to win, one, because of Rafa, but my game was not there at 100%. It was there at 98%, and that wasn't enough.

Then I lost my confidence a bit, but I've always had faith in my game. I worked a lot. I knew I was on the right tracks. Then, you know, having to explain yourself is not always that fun. You start thinking, maybe it's better for me not to play in a tournament. Not out of fear of losing, but just because you don't want to justify yourself.

So you want to practice, do the right things without being monitored and having people watching you all the time.

Q. You play Alberto Martin for your first round, a Spaniard for your first round on clay. Is it a fast track for you?

ROGER FEDERER: I don't know. I'm in good shape, so I think if I play well, I should win this first round. But I only played him once, so we don't know each other well. He's been on the tour quite a while, just like me.

When I played him I won very easily 6‑1, 6‑1, but that was a long time ago. I'm in good shape right now, and I hope I can repeat a good performance against him this time.

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From Simon Kuper of Financial Times.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/f276c082-4...44feabdc0.html

How to win that elusive French title: Federer’s tip sheet
Published: May 22 2009 19:52

How can Roger Federer finally win the French Open?

It is the last unsolved mystery of men’s tennis. The Swiss has won every grand slam but this one. Each June in Paris Rafael Nadal thrashes him in the final. That fate looms again when the tournament starts on Saturday. And at 27 years old, Federer has few chances left.

So I solicited advice from Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander and Serena Williams. Between them they have won 10 French Opens. They could charge fortunes in consulting fees. But Federer can get their wisdom for the price of today’s Financial Times.

When I asked Borg he chuckled, said, “Errm”, and then paused. The Swede, now in elegant middle age, was sitting on a lawn a mile from the court where he won six French Opens. He recalled Federer’s humiliation in last year’s final. The Swiss had uncharacteristically rushed the net a lot, and was thrashed even harder than usual.

“You should always go out and play your own game,” said Borg. “He cannot handle that particular game he played against Nadal.” Perhaps Borg was thinking of his own trauma. In the final of the US Open in 1981 against John McEnroe he uncharacteristically rushed the net a lot, and lost. Three months later he retired.

Borg said: “People say it was because of John coming up, but it was not because of John. It was because I was losing my interest, my fun, my enjoyment. Federer still has the motivation. Even today I regard he is the best tennis player ever to play the game.”

In 1982 Mats Wilander succeeded Borg as champion of the French Open. Down the phone from the Idaho ski resort where he lives, Wilander gave the opposite advice to his fellow Swede. Federer should come to the net, but do it with feeling.

Wilander, now a commentator for Eurosport, explained: “When the ball goes over the net more than three or four times, everyone knows that Nadal wins 19 points out of 20.” So Federer must finish points quickly, and that means charging the net.

Didn’t Federer do that last year? Not quite, said Wilander. “He was coming to the net hoping, coming to the net listening to other people. You’ve got to do it and believe it’s the right thing. And surely now he believes that the other way is the wrong way. Unless he gets slightly stronger and changes something in his backhand so that he can hit better topspin backhands above his shoulder.” That’s Federer’s one weak spot, and Nadal always finds it.

Wilander believes Federer will indeed charge the net properly this year. The Swede explained: “Every time he played Nadal on clay, he was worried about embarrassment.” So Federer played a cautious game. But last year he was embarrassed anyway. “Now it’s not going to happen again. He is not going to lose from the baseline again.”

Serena Williams has a milder dose of Federer’s Paris syndrome. Though she dominates the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, she has only won the French Open once, in 2002. I asked her why she and Federer struggled on the slow clay of Paris.

Williams said: “You just have to be super fit. The whole thing is just to be like Nadal, and I’m sure I’ll win.” She mused: “Maybe I’ll have him play my matches. He’s really fit, he can do it.” Could she really become as fit as Nadal? “No way! I wouldn’t even want to be that fit. He works too hard on the court. I feel like I want a more Roger Federer-type energy.” Did that mean winning quick points with brilliant shots? “Yeah, yeah. Life is easier.”

More than all the advice, what struck me was how badly Borg and Wilander want Federer to win in Paris. Wilander explained: “It’s not about Federer beating Nadal. It’s only about Federer becoming the greatest player ever.” If the Swiss can win the French Open, equal Pete Sampras’s record of 14 Grand Slam titles, and later surpass it, said Wilander, “then the most fluent, natural player and the most sporting guy on court would also be the best player ever.”

If Federer buys the FT today, it may yet happen.

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R. FEDERER/A. Martin

6‑4, 6‑3, 6‑2

An interview with:

ROGER FEDERER

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Could you just take us through that match? Pleased to be back on center court? Pleased to get the win in fairly straightforward?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I was happy with the way I played. It always takes some time to getting used to the match conditions here on center court, you know, but started maybe a bit slow but reacted, you know, all right.

Once I got the upperhand, things were pretty much in control. Yeah, it was good. I served well when I had to, and mixed it up. That's how I want to play. I'm happy to be through without a fright.

Q. Was the heat a problem a little bit?

ROGER FEDERER: Not really. I mean, maybe what, 30 degrees? You know, it didn't ‑‑ definitely felt warmer than the last fewdays. This and in America and Australia we play at, you know, 40,45 degrees, you know. So it's still pretty mild for my liking, but, you know, the ball flies more, bounces more, so it's more like Madrid a little bit.

Obviously I played a guy who played really far behind the baseline, so the court felt really big. I just have to get used to that. It was nice conditions, not too much wind. Little warm, so it was good.

Q. The dropshot seems to have become one of your weapons on clay. You tried a couple today. Could you tell us about it?

ROGER FEDERER: They worked well. That's what I mean, mixing it up, coming to the net, hitting dropshots. You can't hit them against everybody, you know. There are certain types of players that don't allow you to do it, and others you can do it all the time. Today was sort of the right time to do them, but, you know, I'm happy I got to learn how to use it over the years. I used to not be a fan of the dropshot at all. I always thought it was a shot you only hit when you're panicking from the baseline, when you're scared maybe to take on the fight, you know.

But today I realized that actually you can use it to your advantage against like players like today. It just makes it a little bit more easy.

Q. Just in general, not in the tournament, how distracting can it be, all the media activities, all the sponsors, all that stuff you have to do outside the court?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, the sponsors slow down once the tournament starts. It's maybe the week before, you know. But I think once you get used to that, it's no problem. I mean, it's nice to be, how you say, in the limelight and that people are interested in you.

You'd be a fool saying it's wrong. Of course, sometimes I have to do a little less media, you know. That's in the rule books. Sure,after a match like this, how much can you really talk about, you know?

So maybe other guys don't have to do press. Some guys only do 5 to 10 minutes. I do 45 minutes. It's not always most fun, but at the it's part of the business today, you know. Times have changed. I told myself many years ago when I was coming up and about, and I was coming through the ranks that I was hopefully having a decent relationship with the media, because I'll see them for the next hopefully 10, 15, 20 years, you know.

So far it's been okay, so I do still enjoy coming to the press rooms sometimes, because usually it's pretty full,and it's nice that people want to hear what I say.

Q. (InFrench) This is not about today's match,but Santoro is playing his 20th Roland Garros. What do you think about the player, Santoro? He's been playing so long.

ROGER FEDERER: It's become a great accomplishment for me to play against him a great many times. He's very talented the way he touches the ball, hits the ball. He's one of the greatest tacticians in terms of his play.

You know, he was quite limited when he plays two‑handed, but he's always trying to fumble his way through. I've always enjoyed playing against him and watching his matches, as well. We respect each other, I think.

Q. Now, we're talking about the other ones. What about Guillaume, young one. He's just won a match, if you're aware of this. What do you think about this?

ROGER FEDERER: I don't know him, unfortunately. It's a good thing for him. Now that I know him, it's going to be a great moment for him. (laughter.)

No, I don't know how old he is. 19? Yes. 19. Wonderful. Great. To play on the main draw.

When you're young and to win a match immediately, it's something I couldn't do when I was younger. I didn't manage to do this. Well, my draw was more difficult against Rafter here, but it's always a good thing for the beginners, and mainly for him here in France.

Q. You were asked what you think about the heat. Now, to me, when I think about heat, I think about your spouse. Have you said anything about the fact that she wouldn't attend or she wouldn't watch you during one of your matches? You've always said it's very important for her to be with you.
ROGER FEDERER: Well, yes, for her it's even more important than for me. You know, nothing against her, of course. She likes watching me when I play. She wants to be here at each and every single match, but if it's too warm, maybe if she needs a bit of fresh air, no problem.

If Mirka or my coach or my physical trainer or if anybody else can be here in my corner, I can play tennis correctly. So I don't really watch them very often. Five times per match only, so it's quite simple. Well,I prefer if she's here. If I see she'sokay, like today, she was feeling good, so it's simpler for me.

Q. Last time you played on the central court last year, the end was not good. What did you feel today when you had to go on the court?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I didn't even think about last year's match on the same court, because I was so much concentrated. I wanted to do my best. I didn't want to lose my first match. I wanted to start well. I wanted to get into the match, to look around. Maybe you wouldn't believe me,but now that you say it, I realize that was true.

The final was very difficult. It was the very last match. But, you know, after what counts is how you played in Madrid, Monte‑Carlo and Rome and on clay surfaces,and what you look at is the matches you've won. If you've lost, okay, no problem, because between then and now, you have played something like 60 matches, so that was okay today for me.

Q. Was it a good thing to play just after him, to watch Rafa's match, or did you watch anything? Or would you rather focus on your style?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, it's Stan I watched. He was fighting hard. I was more interested compared with Rafa. Well, sometimes I do other things. I had to eat, and then to practice. So one set I watched Nadal and two or three sets played by Stan.

So I'm really happy for Stan, because he played after a number of difficulties he had.

Q. It's the first round, okay. What would you think about your play and what you've done today that's going to be useful in the future?

ROGER FEDERER: It's a good thing that I won this first round. I have a few days. Now I can focus. I can unwind for a while. I have less pressure, because the pressure is when you have to manage the first round. I have a bit of time.

I think I played well. I could play even better. I served well, that's true. It's a good thing for me, because my serve is good to start the tournament, which is what I like. Now the rounds are going to be tougher and tougher, so I hope I can play better and better, as well.

Q. Is it you who asked to play today rather than tomorrow to have more days of rest? You could have played Tuesday.
ROGERFEDERER: I asked for Sunday, but Monday and Tuesday would have been okay. Wednesday, as well. Well, we can go through the whole week if you want to. You know, what counts is that ‑‑ well, in any case, you have to win seven matches. Never mind who you're going to play against and the type of weather you have, but what you have to do is end this race and win the battle.
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Q. You were asked what you think about the heat. Now, to me, when I think about heat, I think about your spouse. Have you said anything about the fact that she wouldn't attend or she wouldn't watch you during one of your matches? You've always said it's very important for her to be with you.
ROGER FEDERER: Well, yes, for her it's even more important than for me. You know, nothing against her, of course. She likes watching me when I play. She wants to be here at each and every single match, but if it's too warm, maybe if she needs a bit of fresh air, no problem.
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