__________________ “There’s so many athletes, tennis players around the world,” he continued, trying to put his life into some kind of perspective, “they want to be the best in what they do. They want to succeed. Many of them, they don’t succeed in the end. I’m fortunate to have this opportunity and succeed.”
Federer, Nadal and Djokovic pander to plutocrats and charge huge appearance fees. The "trickle down effect" means that tournaments like the Heineken Open now have to pay appearance money for racketeers that many of us have never heard of. It's close to extortion.
At the end of Federer's first round match at the Australian Open a fawning interviewer asked about his kids and if he had bought coach Stefan Edberg a birthday present - no, by the way, the privilege of knocking up with 'King Roger' was enough of a present apparently.
Ferrer didn't have to do much in the third and fourth. Just consistently hitting from back of the court and Murray spraying errors. But he showed today, he can beat Ferrer. He has the game. Needs more patience to execute it on clay. I liked the fact that he was hitting the ball very clean - when he did hit it, but his concentration simply wasn't consistent enough.