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Old 05-20-2010, 04:41 PM   #1051
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May 20, 2010

Federer Warms to Springtime in Paris
By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY
New York Times

PARIS — Nearly a year later, with a bottle of sparkling water in front of him and the full weight of Roland Garros no longer on his back, Roger Federer was in the same hotel in central Paris, the memories of his first French Open victory now “a slide show” in his head.

“I see pictures going by,” he said this week. “The picture of me on the knees, disbelief that I won the French right after the serve, the first moment when I kind of dropped the racket right next to me. Everything is so different from the winning pictures at other tournaments on hardcourts or grass. The orange of the clay is very vibrant, very vivid.”

Should it be surprising that the first slides in Federer’s private show do not include the gray skies and intermittent drizzle that were also part of that Sunday? Capturing the only Grand Slam singles title he lacked was one of the shining moments, perhaps the shining moment, of a career in which Federer has crunched numbers that no male tennis player may crunch again.

The former champion Andre Agassi handed Federer the Coupe des Mousquetaires and told him it was destiny. Federer, a frustrated finalist on three previous occasions in Paris, was inclined to agree and celebrated by partying until early morning, then sleeping with the cup on his bedside table.

But what do you do after destiny?

The answer is defend your title, beginning Sunday, and defend it as an underdog, considering that Federer’s friendly archrival Rafael Nadal has resumed playing like a clay-court heavyweight after leaving the door ajar for Federer in Paris last year with his shocking loss to Robin Soderling in the fourth round.

“It feels great to have won the French,” Federer said. “But then at the same time, there’s pressure again, having to prove yourself. Can you defend the title for the first time? It’s something I know is very hard to do especially with Rafa playing so well, the uncertainty of the draws. And I know how hard it was last year to win.”

Winning has been hard of late for Federer in general. He holds three of the four Grand Slam singles titles and he began this season by winning the Australian Open in style. But a lung infection struck his young twin daughters and then his wife, Mirka, who spent three days in the hospital. Finally, it hit Federer, too, and kept him off the practice court for more than a month and away from the ATP Tour for six weeks.

“The lung infection was something that definitely threw me back like the mono did throw me back a little,” Federer said, referring to the mononucleosis that he contracted in late 2007 and carried into 2008. “You just kind of feel that you have to play catch-up.”

Federer said he had been healthy since his return in March, but he has not won any of the five tournaments he has played. He does appear to be working his way into more familiar form and came close to the trophy last weekend in Madrid, where he was beaten in two tight sets by Nadal.

It was their first match in a year, and though Federer now finds himself trailing Nadal, 14-7, in their career series, he said he smiled to himself during the match at times as he reacquainted himself with Nadal’s game and patterns.

“I was thinking: Oh yeah, that’s right. Now I remember his forehand inside out or now I remember his backhand crosscourt on the back foot,” Federer said.

He remains convinced that the extended respite from their rivalry, however unexpected, was welcome. “I think this is definitely going to relight both our fires to play against each other even maybe more often again,” Federer said. “Because I don’t think we missed each other that much, to be honest. I think it was good for us also to have a break from each other, just because we were playing each other so much and maybe the whole game was just shifted and built completely around us. It’s great because there’s huge attention, but I guess it also gets a bit tiring for both of us to always talk about one another.”

Federer’s losses this year, which include an opening-round defeat to Ernests Gulbis in Rome and a semifinal loss to Nadal’s Spanish compatriot Albert Montańés in Estoril, Portugal, had people like the French player Gilles Simon, wondering aloud about Federer’s motivation. But his minislump has not set alarm bells ringing nearly as loudly as they did last spring. That is partly because the chattering classes remember what he did after they started chattering about the end of his era. But Federer, who insists that the fire still burns within, said he had still been surprised by the tone of some questions, even if he considers them “a quiet compliment.”

“Negativity enters the press room very quickly for some reason, even with me,” he said. “You think you’ve proven yourself so many times, and you can’t lose your best game in three weeks. It just doesn’t happen to a tennis player.”

He is also well aware that negativity in the news media room is a relative term at a time when his friend Tiger Woods has had to deal with scrutiny worldwide because of a sex scandal. Federer is that increasingly rare sports superstar with a sterling image (he even signs autographs).

“We’ll see in 10 years if anything changed because of this situation, but right now I feel it’s just unfortunate,” he said when asked if there was anything to learn from Woods’s predicament.

He said he had tried to reach out to Woods, but that it had been difficult. “I’m looking forward to seeing Tiger again; I haven’t seen him in a while,” Federer said. “I’m happy he went back to play again. I think it’s just nice for people to see him in golf gear and not in a suit and stuff.”

For now, Federer, who will turn 29 in August, plans to be in tennis gear past the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Team Federer has changed for good with his identical twin daughters, nearly 10 months old, now crawling around airport terminals and hotel rooms. But the new father sounds delighted with the new logistics and, despite all the changes in his private life, he remains No. 1 at work and is guaranteed to remain so if he reaches the semifinals at Roland Garros.

That would allow him to crunch another historic number by tying Pete Sampras’s career record of 286 total weeks at No. 1. Federer, he of the unprecedented 23 straight Grand Slam semifinals and 16 Grand Slam singles titles, hardly sounded blasé about the prospect in Paris.

“As much as I like Pete and as much respect as I have for him, that would be something incredible because for me No. 1 in the world is something mystical,” he said.

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May 21, 2010

Tacking a Zero on Federer Is a Rare Achievement
By DAVE SEMINARA
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There may be only one tennis player in the world who wishes he had taken it a bit easier on Roger Federer. Reto Schmidli, 31, a police officer and part-time psychology student in Arlesheim, Switzerland, is the only person who has “double-bageled” Federer, that is, beat him, 6-0, 6-0.

The fact that the drubbing occurred in Federer’s first tournament match, when he was just 10 years old, is not lost on Schmidli.

“I was just thinking about winning the match,” remembered Schmidli, who is now a recreational player ranked No. 715 in Switzerland. “I wasn’t thinking about being nice to him, but if I had to do it over again, I should have given Roger a game.”

The beating took place at the Grüssenhölzli tennis center in Pratteln, Switzerland, in August 1991. Federer was scheduled to compete in the 10-and-under tournament, but there weren’t enough entrants, so he was forced to square off against Schmidli, who was nearly 13. Schmidli had a significant size advantage and quickly overpowered Federer without dropping a game.

The match remains memorable for Federer. After notching a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Gastón Gaudio in Shanghai in November 2005, he was asked if he had ever blanked an opponent before. “No, but I lost, 6-0, 6-0, in juniors once,” he told reporters, adding, “I didn’t think I played that badly.” Federer later told Chris Bowers of the BBC: “I actually played pretty good. I lost, 6-0, 6-0. I left the court and I wasn’t even disappointed.”

Give Federer credit for having a sense of humor, but his account of being untroubled by the loss does not square with reports of his hypercompetitive on-court personality in his early years. “He was a really bad loser,” said Madeleine Bärlocher, Federer’s first coach at the Old Boys Tennis Club in Basel. “After he’d lose a match, he’d sit under the umpire’s chair and cry for half an hour sometimes. The other players would already be in the clubhouse eating sandwiches, and he’d still be crying on the court.”

Bärlocher recalled her joy in seeing her beloved protégé cry after he won Wimbledon for the first time. “I laughed because it reminded me of how he used to cry as a child,” she said. “Then he cried when he lost, now he cries when he wins.”

But victories have been hard to come by for Federer since his triumph at the Australian Open in January. For the first time in a decade, Federer has failed to win a tournament between the Australian and French Opens. Early departures at Indian Wells, Miami, Rome and Estoril, along with Sunday’s loss in Madrid against his rival, Rafael Nadal, have raised doubts about his ability to defend his title at Roland Garros this month. And yet, even during his spring “slump,” he has managed to extend two little-known streaks, both of which bolster his claim to being tennis’s greatest player.

In 864 professional matches, spanning 2,117 sets, Federer has been shut out in a set just four times, and three of those occasions came within a two-month span in 1999, when he was 17 years old. He then went nearly a decade without being bageled before losing the 2008 French Open final to Nadal, 1-6, 3-6, 0-6.

Federer has avoided a shutout in 99.9 percent of the sets and in 99.6 percent of the matches he has contested. He has not come close to being double-bageled since the Schmidli loss in 1991, and for a two-year stretch from 2003 to 2005 he not only avoided shutouts, but also avoided 6-1 losses, which are known as breadsticks.

What makes those statistics even more remarkable is that Federer has never retired from a match during his professional career.

By comparison, Andre Agassi was bageled 25 times and retired from 11 matches, and Jimmy Connors was bageled 15 times while retiring on 14 occasions. Even big servers like Pete Sampras and Boris Becker were shut out more frequently.

Players sometimes tank in a set to conserve energy for the rest of the match, or retire with injuries real or imagined when things look bleak, but Federer does neither. (The only time Federer has been accused of tanking a set came in 1998, when he was fined $100 by a tournament referee in Küblis, Switzerland, for lack of effort.)

“The idea of trying to conserve energy for the next set never arises because he’s never really that tired,” said Chris Bowers, author of “Roger Federer: Spirit of a Champion,” and the forthcoming “Roger Federer: The Greatest.” “If he’s leading, 6-0, 5-0, 30-40, he’ll be desperate not to lose that one game. That’s why you find so few bagels with Federer. For him, every point is competition.”

Tennis is known as a gentleman’s game and serving up bagels, or bicycles, as a 6-0, 6-0 result is called in Switzerland, was once viewed as bad sportsmanship. Players occasionally gave an opponent a game during a rout. “I don’t think it happens anymore, ever,” said Cliff Drysdale, a former player who is a commentator for ESPN. “In my era, sometimes we’d throw a guy a bone. We didn’t have the hangers-on, the psychologists, coaches, trainers and stringers that players have now. We just had each other. That’s why we were more likely to have some compassion on an opponent.”

When Schmidli had the chance to bicycle the boy who became the greatest champion in tennis history, he took it. If the two played again, Federer would certainly return the favor.

If Schmidli pulled Federer over for speeding, there would be no gift for Federer, either.

“As much as I admire Roger, I would have to give him the ticket,” Schmidli said. “In Switzerland there are no free passes.”

A motto Roger Federer has lived by.

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Federer: 'On clay you don't need a volley or a serve. It's too easy'

Roger Federer was delighted finally to conquer Roland Garros last year but, he tells Paul Newman, it was only Rafa Nadal's dominance in Paris, not the surface, that held up his quest

Saturday, 22 May 2010



Roger Federer doesn't want to offend Rafael Nadal, the man he acknowledges as the king of clay, but the world No 1 believes that winning the French Open can be less than a full test of a man's tennis.


"On clay you don't need to have a volley," Federer says. "You almost don't need to have a serve. All you need to have is legs, an incredible forehand and backhand and to run things down. I'm not trying to take anything away from Rafa, because he's an exception and he did everything on other surfaces as well, but I think you can get away with having problems with your game on clay more than you can on other surfaces.

"On a hard court you can lure a guy in and do many more things. You almost have to have more feel. On clay, I don't want to say it's too simple, that you just have to keep the ball in court and wait for a mistake, but sometimes it's too easy."

Had he made these comments 12 months ago Federer might have been accused of sour grapes. The French Open, which begins here tomorrow, was the only Grand Slam title he had never won, Nadal having beaten the Swiss four years in succession at Roland Garros. Today, however, Federer is the defending champion, even if he did not have to beat his greatest rival in order to claim the final jewel in his crown, Robin Soderling having knocked out Nadal in last year's fourth round.

When he talked about the French Open in the past you sometimes sensed a certain edge in Federer's voice, a slight unease about his repeated failures to win here. Now, sitting at a table in the shade as fellow players walk by, he seems more relaxed and happy to talk about his past disappointments on clay.

Last year was Federer's 11th attempt to win in Paris, which had always proved a bigger obstacle for him than the other Grand Slam tournaments. He has won six times on the grass at Wimbledon and five and four times respectively on the hard courts of New York and Melbourne. Just as other current players might consider themselves unlucky to be competing in the Federer era, so the Swiss has had to meet the challenge of playing at the same time as Nadal, one of the greatest ever exponents of clay-court tennis.

"I don't think my problem was clay, even though there were lots of people who said that clay wasn't my best surface," Federer says. "Of course it's not, because I've won Wimbledon six times and the US Open five times in a row, but I'd always thought I could win the French Open. My problem, of course, was Rafa. The guy is unbelievable on clay. Some people don't want to believe it, but unfortunately that's the truth for a big generation of players on clay, because I can also play on clay and so can [Novak] Djokovic, so there isn't much room at the top."

Clay places huge demands on a player's stamina. Because the ball comes off the surface more slowly than on a hard or grass court, it is much harder to hit winners, making the rallies noticeably longer. Coming to the net with the intention of finishing off a point more quickly can be perilous because it is harder to hit a damaging approach shot and you can become a sitting target for the opponent firing bullets at you from the baseline.

A different mindset is therefore required: you need to be patient and prepared to hit several shots to create a winning position rather than one or two. That is a particular challenge for a naturally attacking player like Federer. "The reason why clay has not been so easy for me is that on the other surfaces I can play my game without thinking," Federer said. "Everything happens naturally. I can turn defence to offence when I want to and how I want to. When I play well I know I can dominate players."

Federer admits it has taken him time to find the best way to play on clay. "I had to learn how to control my aggression, because I love to finish points quickly. On hard courts and grass I love to play aggressively [and win points] in a couple of shots. That's the way we play.

"On clay it's not that easy. You can do it on 50 per cent of the points, but the other 50 per cent you'll just donate to your opponent because you'll be taking too many chances. I had to learn how to play from far back in the court and to use the angles better, when to attack. It was more of a geometry lesson for me.

"The more I played on clay the more I started to understand the game on clay, even though I had great potential. If you play the wrong game on clay and play well, you can still lose. You have to play smart as well. It's something I had to get really used to, especially when I was coming up against the best player like Rafa."

Talking a good game on clay is one thing, but beating Nadal on his favourite surface is another. Federer has lost 10 of his 12 matches against the world No 2 on clay, most recently in the final of the Madrid Masters last weekend. His French Open performances against the king of clay hardly offer encouragement either. The most recent, a 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 mauling in 2008 in the most one-sided final at Roland Garros for 31 years, was the biggest defeat Federer has ever suffered in his 222-match Grand Slam career.

While Federer's clay-court form this year has been patchy – before Madrid he lost to Ernests Gulbis in his first match in Rome and to Albert Montanes in the semi-finals in Estoril – Nadal has been flying. Having gone 11 months without a title as he struggled to overcome a succession of injuries, he arrived here having won all 15 of his matches on clay this year and become the first man ever to win all three Masters Series titles on terre battue in the same season.

In winning in Monte Carlo, Rome and Madrid, Nadal dropped just two sets. The only possible source of encouragement for opponents from those tournaments was that Federer was the only top 10 player the Spaniard had to beat. During his lengthy barren run Nadal struggled against the better players, losing 12 out of 14 matches against opponents from the world's top 10.

Would winning a second French Open title have a different taste for Federer if he were to beat Nadal in the final? "No other Grand Slam victory will ever feel the same way that my first French Open did," Federer said. "It's the one I was chasing and that I was preparing for. I wouldn't say that I was secretly preparing for it, but I was doing build-ups in February so that I would be ready for, say, the fifth set of a French Open semi-final against Del Potro.

"For it all to pay off was an amazing feeling. I always knew that I could do it at the French, but actually to achieve that gave me incredible satisfaction. I always hoped that I would do it by beating Rafa, but you can't choose who is on the other side of the net. You can only beat who is there."

With Andre Agassi, the last man to win all four Grand Slam titles, on hand to present the Coupe des Mousqetaires here last year, Federer felt that destiny played a part in his triumph, along with his own unquenchable desire to win in Paris.

"My biggest strength and my key was being able to handle the pressure and believing year in, year out that I had a chance to win the French, even though Rafa crushed my dreams many times on clay. You can get demoralised quickly. All of a sudden the travelling becomes harder than it actually is and you forget about the winning, you only deal with losing. It's hard when you lose in the French Open final and you know that you then have to wait a year and then win six matches and two and a half sets to get to match point. It's very difficult.

"Of course, you then go on to grass and you forget about clay, but in the moment itself it hits you extremely hard. If the season starts badly you might start to think: 'I might have played my best tennis on clay. From now on it's downhill.' But I never had that feeling. I always had the feeling that I was getting better every year."

He adds: "My first French Open victory was something pretty close to destiny. Andre was there to present me with the trophy and to say: 'You really deserve it.' That was like destiny. I feel that I've given so much over so many years in Paris."

Federer believes his dogged determination to win here is also one of the reasons why he has always had so much support from the crowd, who have been curiously ambivalent in their support for Nadal.

"They appreciate my efforts in showing up every year and trying to give my best," Federer says. "In the past they felt: 'Well, he tried, and that's all he could do because Rafa was superior.' They can accept that. But I think they respected the fact that I kept coming back and kept having a try."

Roger v Rafa in Paris: The Statistics

2005 Semi-final (Nadal won 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3)

Nadal, in his first French Open, celebrated his 19th birthday by reaching the final, making better use of his break points.

2006 Final (Nadal won 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6)

Federer, who had not lost in his seven previous Grand Slam finals, made a scorching start before Nadal took over. Federer broke when Nadal served for the match at 5-4 but could not maintain his fightback.

2007 Final (Nadal won 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4)

A close contest. Federer had 17 break points but took just one of them. Nadal converted four of his 10 opportunities.

2008 Final (Nadal won 6-1, 6-3, 6-0)

Federer kept attacking but was repeatedly beaten by Nadal's passing shots and lobs. As the match progressed Federer's mistakes multiplied, even from his formidable forehand.

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20.05.2010

Roger Federer's pursuit of Pete Sampras's no.1 record enters its final phase with the French Open. Right in time for the high points of the tennis season, the Roland Garros and Wimbledon title defender is back in top form. With Spaniard Rafael Nadal also playing to his full potential again, their legendary rivalry has been rekindled and a head-to-head race for the major titles and position of world no.1 seed is under way.



"I'm probably not exciting enough any more," said Roger Federer shortly after 11 p.m. on Ascension Day Thursday as he entered the interview room of the "Caja mágica," Madrid's new luxury tennis complex, where only two Swiss journalists and five international media representatives were waiting for him. He was, of course, joking slightly. Federer was also aware that the Spanish journalists were more than preoccupied with their stories about their own tennis armada, and didn't want to spend too much time talking about the fact that he had just dispatched his Beijing gold medal partner Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-1. Indeed even in the eleventh year of his eventful professional career, the 28-year-old from the Basel area still has an exciting story to tell.


Less Is More

This is in part due to a paradigm shift: In his efforts to keep his career going for as long as possible, as well as in light of his new role as a father of two, Federer decided to adopt a new, focused game plan. In the mid-2000s, when tournament wins were still the rule rather than the exception for the Swiss tennis ace, he regularly said that he takes every tournament seriously – and that he owed that to the organizers. Since then, he has switched to the line taken by past champions. Just as Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Boris Becker did before him, he is basing his entire season on only a few selected high points – in particular the four Grand Slam tournaments. In Estoril, he told the "Tribune de Genčve" that he could see his career horizon extending beyond 2012. He had mentioned the year in which the Olympic tennis tournament takes place in Wimbledon solely as a point of reference, in order to silence repeated questions about his possible retirement. "If my body will let me, I see myself carrying on playing well beyond the 2012 Olympics." He therefore needs to be disciplined, to play sparingly, and to minimize his loss of strength and risk of injury. Less is more.


A Plan with Risks Attached

That this planning harbors risks was extremely clear from the first half of the 2010 season. His impressive 16th Grand Slam title win in Melbourne in January was followed by an unusual and lengthy period without success. It was triggered by a lung infection, which prompted him to pull out of the tournament in Dubai, his second home country. "It took more out of me than I thought," Federer conceded in May. It was compounded by an element of bad luck, for example Indian Wells and Miami, where he crashed out at an early stage to Marcos Baghdatis and Tomas Berdych after giving away match points. On top of that there were difficult draws such as in Rome, where he was immediately defeated at the hands of Latvian rising star Ernests Gulbis. After failing to win even the small clay tournament in Estoril, Portugal, in early May, his position at first sight looked grim: Since Melbourne he had taken part in only four tournaments in three months and defeated just five opponents.


All About the Grand Slams

Federer dismissed speculation that he had lowered his expectations and was probably now more interested in his twins Myla Rose and Charlene Riva than his career, and rejected all talk of a crisis. The Swiss ace gave an insight into his new way of thinking: "I said to myself: Actually it really doesn't matter how I play in Estoril or Madrid." After finally triumphing at Roland Garros in 2009, he wanted to enjoy the current clay season irrespective of the results. "I know at any rate that I will be fit and ready in Paris. I feel good, I'm physically and mentally fresh, and that counts more than results." Federer doesn't want to excel in Estoril in May; that way he won't be burnt out when his longest and most important tournament phase of the year hopefully reaches a climax with his eighth Wimbledon final in a row on July 4.


The Madrid Turnaround

Indeed he did get straight back to top form in Madrid – exactly as he did in 2009. "On the day before my first match, I got the feeling that things had clicked. Suddenly I was hitting the ball again as normal," he said in Spain. Following Wawrinka he also won against Ernests Gulbis, his conqueror in Rome, and Spaniard David Ferrer, who at the time was the player with most wins this year. On the clay court of Madrid, this led to a repeat of the previous year's final, in which Rafael Nadal got revenge after an exciting, balanced duel with a 6-4, 7-6 win. This first exchange of blows for a year between the current two dominant champions marked the start of the tennis summer season. With Monte Carlo, Rome and Madrid, Nadal had now won all three major clay tournaments before Roland Garros for the first time, and also became the first player to win all three. This meant he moved back up to be seeded world no. 2 at the expense of Serbia's Novak Djokovic. What's more, he had put himself in an excellent position from which to end Federer's second spell at the top of the world rankings list.


A Game of Numbers

Hardly anyone knew that if Federer had won the final in Madrid, he would have had the guarantee of being world no. 1 even after the French Open, irrespective of the results. In addition, he would have occupied the top slot for a total of 286 weeks – thus equaling the all-time record held by Pete Sampras of the USA. Nadal still has an opportunity not only to supersede him as Paris champion with a fifth triumph in Roland Garros but also – at least for the time being – to deny him the record. Federer still has it in his power: Should he get through to the semi-finals on June 6, he will match Sampras's record at any rate. With a place in the final, he would actually beat it if Nadal wins the French Open.


A Six-Year Run

Buoyed by the Madrid tournament, Federer was optimistic as he traveled to Paris. He knew that he hadn't crashed out of a Grand Slam tournament before the semi-final stage in six years, and that there was no reason why in this particular series he should now falter on the home straight of his battle for Sampras's record. Yet he doesn't let his latest meeting with tennis history drive him mad. "I just hope that I play well enough to remain the number one," he said prior to Paris. "And if I don't break the record, I'll do all I can afterward to get it as quickly as possible."
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"They can already crawl and standing up"

Back in Paris - with great memories. Roger Federer talks in this interview about emotions, the talents of his twins and the pressure of being the title defender.

By Marcel Hauck from Paris

Roger Federer, how does it feel for you to come back to Paris after your triumph there last year?

Roger Federer: It's extremely special. There are many places in the world where I returned back as a winner, but never to Paris - so far.

Has there been a special moment for you?

On Wednesday I practiced for the first time on the Centre Court. I said to Seve: "Look, here I fell on the knees! I know the spot within one or two metres. I remember how I went back to the hotel with the Cup and met my father for the first time after the final, who was sick in bed.

Do you have the same room?

Yes. I also had the same room last November during the tournament of Bercy. Luckily I'm not superstitious.
In Wimbledon for example I lived in 6 or 7 different houses.

Now there are a few things which we have to look after with the kids. For example that the rooms have a connection to the room of the Nanny, so that we can support each other as best as possible if necessary.

Do you need to make an insurance now just in case that the kids damage the pretty furniture?

(laughs) We aren't there yet. On Sunday they become 10 months old. They can't walk yet and they don't break anything, at least nothing really big. But they can crawl and already standing up.


Do you still feel pressure after the victory of last year?

Everyone thought after the victory last year I wouldn't have any more pressure for the rest of my life. But it isn't that easy. You play for the fans and don't want to make a fool of yourself, for example to lose as the title defender in the first round. But it's ok as it is. I didn't wanted to play without pressure as I wouldn't be able to play my best tennis then.

Everything looks like a final between you and Rafael Nadal. Do you see other possible finalists?

Rafa and me would of course immediately sign for such a final, but 126 other players want to prevent it. With Del Potro and Davydenko 2 players are missing who have the ability to be a winner in Paris. Djokovic belongs for me to the favourites. But you are right that it is difficult at the moment to pick any other winner apart from Rafa or myself. Nevertheless: A final for the 2 of us is still 2 weeks and 6 matches away.
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Post-event - Roger Federer
Monday, May 24, 2010

Q. You seem to be having a lot of fun at the office today. Can you just talk us through that game?
ROGER FEDERER: Which one?

Q. Sorry, the match. You seemed to be having a lot of fun out there?
ROGER FEDERER: The match?

Q. Yeah.
ROGER FEDERER: Well, the beginning obviously is always important coming back as defending champion, and trying to get off to sort of a good start. I think I had a breakpoint in the first game, in the first return game. Wasn't able to, you know, to take advantage of that, but I served well. I never really got a chance on my serve. So I was pretty relaxed.
Finally got a chance again at 5 4, so it was a good first set for me, anyway, without any hiccups on my own serve. After that things were a bit easier. He had to push it a bit more. I could relax a bit more, and then the scoreline changed and towards the end I played some great dropshots. So it was like a perfect match to get off the French Open campaign, really.

Q. In the final last year you met Robin Soderling. Now you may be facing him in the quarterfinal. What do you think we can expect from him this tournament?
ROGER FEDERER: I haven't seen his draw, to be honest. Don't know who the seeds are in his section, but look, I mean, I think he's done well overall if you think back one year ago. It was a surprise that he made the finals and went so far, and from then on he comes back one year later and he's ranked No. 5.

Q. 7.
ROGER FEDERER: 7 in the world? He's really beaten some good players on the way, played consistent, you know, and took advantage of his better seeding. I think he's had a very good year so far. I think he has a lot of pressure to defend as many as points as possible. I think he could have a good year again at the French Open, even though I haven't seen the draw. But of course I do hope I get to the quarters myself, but it seems like he got off to a good start yesterday, I think.

Q. What do you think he needs to improve to get one more level more?
ROGER FEDERER: I think he's doing the right things, so the question is can he beat basically three top 10 players in a row to win a Grand Slam? That's the big question in a best of five set match.

Q. If a young player came to see you and asked you what is the right motivation I have to have to become a champion, what would you answer? And second, have you ever lacked motivation at any time in your career?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I think every player goes through a time when it's hard, because you expect so much. When you're young there is a lot of pressure that surrounds you by wanting to improve and show people wrong and prove to them that you're the guy, and so when you get you lose too many matches that you think you should have won. It's very frustrating in the beginning. So then you lose motivation a little bit.
When you're very young you'd rather do something else than go play tennis sometimes, because maybe you've done it already too much. I went through those moments, as well.
So I think some realize it already at 15 that from 15 on every practice will be perfect, some from 12. Me, it was later. I only was a good hitting partner for maybe 19 or 20 years old, I think. When I came on tour I had some shocking practices. Still it was even other great top players, you know, like, I don't know, Henman or Bjorkman, and if I wouldn't be in the mood, I would be just, like, You know what? Today just isn't my day. Who cares?
But then you realize it's a lack of respect and you do give 100% every single time because the other guy also wants to practice and also wants to improve.
Then all of a sudden, to me, it was normal to practice 100% every single time. So, I mean, I would think the last sort of eight years have definitely been very good ones, whereas before it's been on and off, I think.
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Q. I had the impression that you were moving around nicely today on the court. Is it also your feeling? How would you explain this? Have you worked a lot with your foot practice over the past two weeks?
ROGER FEDERER: I didn't have much time, but as I was saying before, the more I play on clay, the more natural it is to me. And I think it was a bit slippery today, because it was quite warm out there. The surface is the sand is very light, and then you tend to slide. You had to get used to this, but then frankly I didn't have many problems with my footwork.
I was moving around okay at the beginning, and that's very important not to miss balls to start with and to be lagging behind and then to play with more pressure on you, but it didn't happen today. So it was a perfect match from the outset.

Q. There is a point at the end of the third set, a defensive point which was incredible, and it was from the baseline you dropped a shot. Is it very important to win such a point? When did you decide to have this dropshot from the baseline?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, yes, of course. Well, to start with, I had to stay in the game, in the match, because I had several very difficult slice balls. The first one was not really okay. It was floating, to some extent. The other ones, the other two were really okay. They were perfect slices that were really deep to try and neutralize Luczak. And therefore I have to be more aggressive. I'll play forehand but it was too much in the center of the court.
My legs were a bit too heavy, because that was an extreme effort to stay in the match. I thought, I'm going to try and win more quickly. And I was three meters behind the line, and I wanted to play this dropshot. I took the decision at the very last minute, and it worked well.
He couldn't run any longer for the ball, and I was really surprised. I was really behind the line, and it helped me. But it was pleasant, nice, really.

Q. Now, for a while, people have said that Roland Garros could be relocated outside of Paris. What do you think about this at the end of your career to play in Versailles, Gonesse, or Marne La Vallée close to Euro Disney?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, yes, that's a question that people keep on asking during the Grand Slam, that is, people can no longer buy the tickets. The people, the media, ask more. We want to have more, and it's not easy for the tournament, but we have to do our best, and do the best for the tournament.
So if we move elsewhere, does it make sense? I don't know. People will decide. There is a lot of money at stake, and there's a new site, and that means with the new site it means, how can I say? What about the soul of Roland Garros? This is what we might miss after.
So let's think twice before we act. Now, Melbourne, you know, is considering a major change for the years to come. Wimbledon I think will never change. They still have leeway with the golf course. At the US Open they did something new, as well. But I think it was 10 years ago. And it was the old stadium 10 years ago, if I'm not mistaken.
In any case, everybody's always upgraded with the new Lenglen court, with the new Chatrier court. It's changed here at Roland Garros. It's smaller here, the site is smaller. So the question is more important here than anywhere else.

Q. Today, what do you think about the final jewel against Rafael Nadal?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, you know, we've talked about this already a little. I don't know if I need to answer the same question all the time, but I hope I'll be playing the finals. If it's him, it's perfect. Otherwise, you know, what a pity for him; what a pity for me if I don't reach this stage, the finals. We'll see. It's the first round, not the semifinals, unfortunately. But we'll see.

Q. You probably have South African roots. That's your mother. But the World Football Cup will take place in South Africa soon. Do you have any ideas about South Africa and the football players? Because you're half concerned.
ROGER FEDERER: I was really happy that the venue is going to be South Africa, because they won what's the name? They won what's the name? The bid or something. Okay. They were short listed. They won. And then Switzerland was qualified, as well.
So it's a good thing. You know, at the time we were not sure they would be qualified. We lost against Luxembourg. But anyway, I know the country quite well. People are so friendly.
The landscapes are also probably it's the most beautiful country in the world almost. They have so much to offer. I hope it's good in terms of the future of this country.
As you know, this country has gone through difficult moments in the past, so I'm really happy to see the World Cup there, football World Cup.

Q. It's in Africa for the first time. What do you think about this? Has it got a special meaning for you?
ROGER FEDERER: Of course it has. Because my foundation is very active throughout the continent, and of course I'm more interested in this continent than anybody else, probably, the African continent.
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Mercedes-Benz Announces Global Partnership with Roger Federer


MONTVALE, N.J., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz today announced a multi platform global marketing partnership with the 16-time Grand Slam Champion and world's number one tennis player, Roger Federer.

The multi year deal will cover the use of his image, personal appearances and product placement in a partnership that makes Roger Federer the latest Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador.

The agreement coincides with the start of the Mercedes-Benz sponsorship of the US Tennis Open Championship, beginning in August. Since the beginning of 2008, Federer has served as an ambassador for Mercedes-Benz China.

Mercedes-Benz has used tennis as a marketing platform for more than 15 years and this partnership looks to extend the brands visibility throughout the sport.

"I am delighted that we are adding Roger Federer to the Mercedes-Benz family of sports and celebrity ambassadors on a global level. When it comes to tennis, he is without doubt one of the greatest of all time and he truly has become a global icon...," said Stephen Cannon, Vice President Marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA.

"We are looking forward to working with Roger on a number of initiatives. Much like our own brand, Roger has an impressive and unrivalled history but the best is still yet to come," he added.

About Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse line-up in the luxury segment with 12 model lines ranging from the sporty C-Class to the flagship S-Class sedans and CL coupes.

MBUSA is also responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans in the US. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com and www.mbsprinterusa.com.
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