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Old 10-22-2009, 08:23 PM   #1
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ALLEZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Roger will be guest tonight on the Swiss-French channel TSR1 on their sports program at 6:25 p.m.
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Oh~~~long time no see Roger~~
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Best of luck in your home town tournament, Roger!!
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Roger will be guest tonight on the Swiss-French channel TSR1 on their sports program at 6:25 p.m.
You can see a clip here hopefully: http://www.tsr.ch/tsr/index.html?sit...6;vid=11401473

And the full episode? : http://www.tsr.ch/tsr/index.html?sit...6;vid=11401459

Roger looks very well
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I just love hearing him speak french
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A big, big, big THANK YOU to ShotmaKer (Djou) for translating the interview.

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first question : should I call you Roger (French spelling) or Rodger (English spelling). Answer : I'm fine with both. (I prefer to call him the English way though, the French way just doesn't sound right to me )
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Second question : you are a kind of model for millions of people. It's hard to be a model, no ? Roger : just because I'm wearing a tie tonight doesn't mean I'm a model Interviewer : Are you the perfect man ? Answer : not at all, you know, I'm just trying to enjoy what I'm doing, trying to show the youngsters how it works, you know, and if they consider me as a model, I'm fine with that.
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Then he's talking about skiing. He says he liked watching skiing when he was a kid with his parents, and he's happy Swiss people are very good at it.
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He's friend with Valentino Rossi. Apparently Valentino got his sisters ticket for a race in Australia a while back... He likes Valentino and he's glad he keeps winning despite of his age
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He thinks South Africa is ready to host the next World Cup... People out there are really nice, landscapes are beautiful. He's talking about his foundation and its projects in South Africa. He's feeling great after 5 weeks off. He's happy with his season and is still choked to have beaten Pete's record so fast, plus the twins etc... He thinks about the missed calendar Grand Slam sometimes, but it's rather something that you can't plan at the beginning of the year. But he was really thrilled with his performance at the AO. But then people started to say that he was done and couldn't play well because of his loss to Rafa in a GS hardcourt final, and these people need to understand that Rafa was incredible, he won the Olympic Games, Wimbledon, and he was injured at the end of year but otherwise he could have won the WTC, he was just incredible and better than me (and all the tards who say Roger never gives credit to Rafa )
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Then he goes on about Mirka. She arrived when had zero titles, and now he has 61. She sure was of great help. Then she was always there, and when he won Wimby03, he had no agent, no management team whatsoever, no coach, and she was there to help me.
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Right now I'm in the part where he talks about Wimby 09, when he posed with Borg, Pete and Laver. He says moments like that, you can't really remember well, it's foggy, you just won the title, another dream come true, and all of a sudden, all these legends are right there, and you sure are happy to see them, but you go on to the locker rooms, and that's when you realize that you've been with all them seconds ago... He's always very proud when they come to watch him play, he's aware that may be, they did not come to watch him especially, but rather to watch great tennis, and to be honest, before I used to get nervous when my buddies or my parents came to watch me play, and now it's touching me that these legends attend my matches. I really felt honored that these legends were there to share this very special moment with me.

(Sorry, I'm mixing "he" and "I" a lot but that's because I'm trying to type as fast as I can )
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What do you feel when guys like John McEnroe say "This guy's a genius" : It's always nice to hear compliment. But you know, that's why I'm reading newspaper when I'm playing well, and I don't read them when I'm playing bad, you know, because you can easily get influenced with what's said in the media... I'm trying to always be down on earth. You know, I'm quite lucky to always play on Central Courts, because, you know, if you play on court #25, and make incredible shots, nobody will see them.. And I think that's why people always talk about my shots, but you know, it's because they can see them with all the cameras and stuff...

You have everything, money, glory, etc... Are you happy : Yeah, sure, I'm happy, and I think that's one of the reasons people are happy for me too. I always feel welcomed when I come back in Switzerland, because since I travel a lot, and that's important to me...

Do you happen to wonder that all this can stop someday : yeah, it happens all the time. I have no doubts, because I want to play as long as possible, but it's rather normal to me to play and try to do my best. And with my family now, we're trying to cope with the change as best as we could... And Mirka is really incredible, and she's really helping me out with this, she's really great.
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You had an incredible year so far, but the year started really badly for you (Roger cuts him and adds, rather bad, not really bad ). Do you feel embarrassed to watch these images again (the AO trophy ceremony, with him crying) ? : No, not really, because, you know, to me it's quite normal to be sad when I lose a match. I always cried when I lost matches when I was 12, 14 years old... So it's not that different, but just because it was on TV and all over the place, people thought "This dude is not normal, he already won everything, and now he's crying..." You know, I also cried when I lost to Rafa in Wimbledon 08, but that one time, I was in the locker rooms... But in Australia, I could not get away with it because it happened right during the ceremony, so you know, that's just how things are...

One month later, you're really starting to get upset in Miami against Nole, you really were furious, what about that ? : you know, it's quite the same as crying, but to me it was rather a funny moment, because I was surprised with how I could broke a tennis racket, you know, I had not do that since 4-5 years... And bottom line is, I did not even feel better afterwards, I really was disapointed with my performance, but things like that happen, and at least, you know, I had a reaction, and then Roland Garros went just fine.

How did you cope with all the criticism, in the media with many of them saying that you were done at that time ? : You know, as I said, I don't really read the media when it's rather negative... But I know I can't just go away, when I was in a press conference, they were always asking me about getting a coach, about why I don't change this or that, about why I wasn't playing like before, about being beaten by Nadal everywhere... And you know, you always have to answer, but it was getting tiresome after a while, and you just don't want to expand upon all this during press conferences... And then people said I've changed and I'm not the same either during press conferences... But that was rather because I used to do 300 press conferences a year. But I think it's rather normal to be criticized you know, after the 5 previous years. So at the end of the day, it was rather normal to be criticized.
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How about the Davis Cup ? Where does it stand within your priorities ? : Well, it stands very high. I've been in the team for 8 years now. But you know, it was rather difficult because I had to chose between my solo career, the #1 spot, the GS, and the Davis Cup and it's always a hard decision to make. And I think I've made the right decisions you know, and now people are happy for me. But I can assure you that it is one of my main goals for the coming years.

Have you decided yet for the 1st round against Rafa's Spain next year ? : No, not yet. I'm gonna wait for the end of the year, see how I play in Bale, Paris, WTC, and then make a decision. But as I told you, this is one of my main goals for the coming years, and I really enjoy the team. Luthi is a really great captain, Stan is a great player plus a great buddy of mine and I really look forward to spending more time with them.

And that's it, you have it all! Everything he said
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Thanks for starting the thread for the tournament Nadine and for posting the translation of the French interview

Merci Djou pour la traduction
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Thanks for the translation.
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Thanks for starting the thread for the tournament Nadine and for posting the translation of the French interview

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Yes, thank you so much!
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Thanks a lot for translation, ShotmaKer!
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