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Old 06-14-2009, 05:13 PM   #346
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The win against Johansson was no longer important, but there was 150,000 francs for the victory! I thought almost in every rally: 150,000 francs! 150,000 francs! What can I buy? Everything!


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12: What do you do when you first wake up?

I snuggle with Mirka.


There's something really sweet about that. Guess I'm just a total sap at heart.

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I when Roger said his Gillette contract requires him to be "well groomed".
Yeah, like he wouldn't shave if he didn't have a contract Would totally fit Mikey's description of him as "big hairy yeti" then
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19. When was the last time someone called you "Roschée" instead of "Rodscher" ?

In Paris this happenned 100 000-times in the past. But now it happens rarely, I have instructed the people well in the previous years, to make sure they will call me "Rodscher", because I was baptised that way and I live up to my south-african origin from my mother's side with pride. But I think It's funny when Romands and French write "Rodgeur" in order to read it in the right way. So far I haven't wanted this to change (?).
Roger has mentioned before that he is Catholic, and in this quote mentions being baptised. Does anyone know if Mirka is Cathlolic? I wonder if his children will be raise Catholic.

I thought it was interesting that earlier this year when asked who was the most impressive person he's met Roger said it was Pope Pope Benedict. I remember the day he met the Pope. He looked so excited, but nervous in the pictures.

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Another interview with Roger. From Swiss TV Sportpanorama

http://sport.sf.tv/sendungen/sportpa...metanav=849058
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ATP - ROGER QUALIFIES FOR MASTERS
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Roger has already booked his spot for the ATP World Tour Finals at the end of the year. 2009 is the first time that London will host the tournament with the best eight players of the season (November 22 to 29).

Roger’s title in Roland Garros has secured him a place at the World Tour Finals, a tournament that means a whole lot to him. He has clinched the title four times so far (2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007) in a total of seven participations, losing to David Nalbandian in the finals in 2005. Rafael Nadal is the other player to have qualified for the Finals so far.
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Wimbledon Roger Federer is currently on the practice courts and Andy Murray is due on court shortly.
From Twitter. Nice to see Roger in London and practicing .
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What it is to live as an immortal? How does the world look like from cloud 7? We wanted to know and asked Roger Federer for an audience.

Q: So Mr Federer, what it is to live as an immortal?

RF: I feel very very well at the moment. The win in Paris is just unbelievable. And it feels great to see the press covered with positive headlines. It is not really necessary but I enjoy reading it mostly because there were also times when there were other things written about me even though they weren't always bad. Now the press conferences are just a little bit more pleasant. I don't need to explain all the time why I lost this or that match.

Q: After Paris you withdrew from this week's tournament at Halle because of "emotional exhaustion". Do wins exhaust more than losses?

RF: Basically you can play for another week. And another one. And another one. Until you don't get injured. When you are young you don't think much about that. You just travel from one place to another and play straight on. You never get injured unless you do it by accident.


Q: Are you old now?

RF: I am older and that's why I think twice if it makes sense to play even more so if you have had a problem with your back, like in my case, or with your foot or shoulder. All of a sudden you are more cautious. Besides there is also mental strain. I had to keep my focus all the time in the last 3 weeks. Therefore an easy week like the one that I had now in Switzerland did me quite good. I can't afford this often but when I need it I must have it. I enjoy extremely my time in Switzerland.

Q: Has it happened to you to wake up and not to know where you are?

RF: When I woke up in hotel rooms as a junior who was new to the Tour. It was dark. For a short moment I didn't know where I was. In the last couple of years this has happened to me actually very seldom. I used to play 5 weeks back to back. I don't do this anymore nowadays.

When you are in Switzerland do you have time and do you feel like undertaking something or you just lay around?

RF: I don't have almost any press appointments while I am here. Appointments with sponsors are very rare as well. I am here to meet friends, my family. I want to have time for the people whom I don't see often. I enjoy having a day without any schedule.
Federer: "I had to give just 5 autographs in Coop"

Roger Federer, do you sometimes do things that we mortals do?

RF: For example? (laughs)

For example to buy milk.

RF: Yes. On Tuesday when I came back from Paris I was in Coop (this is a Swiss supermarket chain)

Then do you know how much a liter of milk costs?

RF: I didn't know the exact price but I know the total bill. I should say that I still enjoy shopping. This is possible in Switzerland without any problems. This week while I was at Coop I had to give just 5 autographs and to pause for one photo.

And this after you became immortal by winning your 14th GS title in Paris?

RF: I appreciate Swiss people's discretion. I give enough autographs, I don't run from this, no fear.

It has been different before. For a long time you used to hide behind glasses and wear your baseball cap so that your face can't be seen.

RF: I don't do this anymore. I had this phase once a couple of years ago. I thought that I had to hide myself. I thought: just no eye contact.

You were afraid of seductive looks?

RF: No, no, back then I just didn't want to be approached all the time. But it's not that bad at all because people have always been very polite to me. They are happy. I also go out not only to buy milk. When I feel like doing it I go to the lake or meet colleagues. Just so spontaneously without any plan.

So it is possible to live normally being a god?

RF: Yes, yes, it's OK. It's not that different than you the normal ones.

You laugh because you think that we don't have this small advantage compared to the immortal ones?

RF: In fact you don't have any big advantage. I can also live normally in this world.

Q: Roger Federer, how much does your body cost?

RF: No idea. I haven't insured it.

Every model insures her body, even single parts: nose, chest...

RF: Yes, I know. But I promised myself once that I'd never say: I have a shoulder problem and I can't play tennis anymore. Give me 2 millions or I'll quit playing tennis.
I just play till the end, till the body doesn't want anymore.

Is it just doing your job when you play a GS like you did in Paris or there is still some fun?

RF: I don't look at it as a profession because I turned a hobby into a dream job. Of course you can regard it as a job because I earn money with it. But I don't look at it this way while I am on the court. This is a hard physical work, yes, and also mental strain. But it's always nice to play again on Centre Court. The fans everywhere are unbelievable.

Do you still notice the enthusiasm on the stands?

RF: Absolutely. Much more intensively than at the beginning of my career.

There aren't any record left to break. How do you motivate yourself after Paris?

After the US Open there is a break. Then I must see how it will go on. When our baby gets born I'll know better what more I want to achieve. At the moment I think that I want to play for a long time. Being a champion you want always to win. There are enough goals that you can chase.

You'll be a father. Let's say that it will be a boy. It is sure that he won't play tennis, isn't it? Having such father... (sorry, can't translate this expression but the idea is that there won't be much left for the child when it has such father)

RF: (laughs) I did speak about this with Mirka. We decided that if he wants to play tennis, he should try to become as good as his mum first. Step by step. I am very relaxed in this respect. It's important that the parents encourage and that they aren't overambitious. However there isn't any danger from our side.

It's dangerous for the kid. If he plays tennis he'll always be compared to you. Poor guy.

RF: Yes, actually this is mean. It's not fair at all.

The following scenario: it's Saturday evening, a day before the Wimbledon final. Contractions. Your pregnant wife must go to the hospital. Are you going with her?

RF: Yes, of course.

And where will you be on the next day - in the hospital or on Centre Court?

RF: On the tennis court. This means that Mirka should take the decision but I am 100% sure that she would say that I have to go to the tennis court because 15 000 people are waiting for me there. I don't think however that this would happen exactly at Wimbledon.

It would be your son's revenge that he could never become a tennis professional with a god for a father.

RF: Our kid will find his way. The most important thing is that it will be healthy.
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RF: Yes, yes, it's OK. It's not that different than you the normal ones.
Hahahahah. Someone please post that on GM, I'll get the popcorn...
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Haha, this interview can't be for real? Calling him an "immortal" and "god" to his face? Oh Glenn is going to have a fit.
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Wimbledon 2009: John McEnroe backs Andy Murray's mental edge over Roger Federer
If John McEnroe used to get into people's faces, Andy Murray is getting into players' heads.

By Mark Hodgkinson
Published: 10:30PM BST 16 Jun 2009
John McEnroe backs Andy Murray's mental edge over Roger Federer

Ever since the foaming furies and f-words from McEnroe in the angry 1980s, pop psychology has featured heavily in tennis conversations, and now he has suggested ahead of the Wimbledon Championships that Murray has worked himself into Roger Federer's head.

Murray has won six of his eight career meetings with Federer, including their last four matches, and McEnroe said that the Swiss does not like it one bit.

"The cat-and-mouse style Murray plays is something I like to see. It's a thinking man's game and he has got into Roger's head right now. He's got into Roger's head pretty good recently," McEnroe said.

"Murray's legs are thicker than I've ever seen them, his bounce around the back of the court is impressive, and he's intimidating people with his fitness, which was an issue at the start of his career. His movement is amazing when you think how tall he is. He has got more pop on his serve and he continues to befuddle guys mentally."

When McEnroe was in his prime, no one was ever left under any illusions as to what he was thinking on a tennis court, and it could be argued that the most emotional player on tour now is Federer. McEnroe raged, and Federer cries.

Federer was emotional after finishing as the runner-up to Rafael Nadal at last summer's Wimbledon, and also lost control of his bottom lip during his post-match speech at this season's Australian Open when the Spaniard beat him again.

McEnroe has observed "a vulnerability" in the Swiss. In McEnroe's day, they used to shout and scream rather than cry. But that was McEnroe's way of dealing with tennis life, and this is Federer's; there is nothing wrong with the world No 2 letting it all out.

"It was strange to see Federer in tears after he lost the Australian Open final to Nadal," said McEnroe, a winner of three Wimbledon titles, who will be commentating for the BBC at the All England Club this year. "I had an emotional moment with him at Wimbledon last year. I was really surprised to see that happen again in Australia. That shows a vulnerability on Federer's part. In the old days, you wouldn't see that from almost anybody. I think it will bring him some support and show that he's human. That could help him when times get tough.

"I was a little taken aback. I guess the good part is that he shows just how much it meant to him. Here's a guy whose record speaks for itself. Ultimately, it was a little strange to see him melting down like that."

Still, at least Federer shed some 'happy tears' in Paris this month after winning the French Open for the first time.

Another of the Wimbledon greats, Bjorn Borg, has argued that the most vulnerable of the top three at Wimbledon will be Nadal. Borg said yesterday that the two likeliest winners are Federer and Murray.

Like everyone else in tennis, Borg was astonished when Nadal lost in the fourth round at Roland Garros to Sweden's Robin Soderling. Nadal then withdrew from last week's grass-court tournament at Queen's Club because of knee problems.

Borg, a winner of five Wimbledon titles, indicated that Nadal would have been mentally affected by his early defeat in France.

"I'm sure that Nadal was very disappointed after he went home from Paris. That defeat would have taken him many days to get over," said Borg. "I am not sure how serious his injury is. It could be very serious and I'm not picking him to win Wimbledon. I am picking Murray or Federer."

Murray's progress has impressed Borg. "He's had a great year. I didn't think he was ready to win Wimbledon last year, but it is a different story now," said Borg, who was speaking at London's Victoria and Albert Museum at yesterday's launch of the "HSBC Champions of Wimbledon", which will allow the public to vote on who they consider to be the greatest men's and women's winners in history.

"Murray is now ready to win Wimbledon for the first time."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/ten...r-Federer.html
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I'm so sick of hearing about Murray I could puke.
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Re-reading that article makes me realise that it's more about Murray than Roger. D'oh.

I really hope Roger can make everyone (especially Murray) shut up.
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Re-reading that article makes me realise that it's more about Murray than Roger. D'oh.

I really hope Roger can make everyone (especially Murray) shut up.
I'm hoping Roger doesn't have to make him shut up. As much as I'd love to see Roger kick his arse, I'd love it even more if some nobody did.
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