07-09-2012, 07:04 PM
Join Date: Aug 2006
Re: Wimbledon Final 2012: Federer def. Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4
Originally Posted by Audi
Where can we find the post match interviews from both players? Cant seem to find them on Wimbledon.org
R. FEDERER/A. Murray 4‑6, 7‑5, 6‑3, 6‑4
Q. A seventh. Got to feel unbelievable. But how different does it feel because of the circumstances around here? Very unusual today.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I think any Grand Slam final, particularly here at Wimbledon, are unusual. You never quite get used to it. Today was unique because of playing Andy. Obviously, you know, being able to play or finish a match under the roof, I don’t think that’s ever been done before here for a final. So that’s been different, as well. And nice, of course.
I know the occasion and how big it was for Andy and myself. I’m happy I got a victory today, but obviously it was a very, very special ‑‑ I mean, yeah, we’ll talk more about it I guess as questions will come.
Q. You have a good memories in Wimbledon, seven titles. Do you feel destiny in Wimbledon?
ROGER FEDERER: Look, yeah, I mean, I guess to some degree. You know, of course I feel better here for some reason. I don’t know why. But it’s very unique and special in many ways, this tournament.
From the get‑go I really felt sort of I’m supposed to play well here, I guess. Over the years I’ve been able to keep up, you know, a great run. Obviously, last couple of years maybe slightly disappointing, but, again, I thought Berdych and Jo both played unbelievable the last couple years against me.
This year I guess I decided in the bigger matches to take it more to my opponent instead of waiting a bit more for the mistakes. Yeah, this is I guess how you want to win Wimbledon, is by going after your shots, believing you can do it, and that’s what I was able to do today.
Q. Can you rate this win among all your Grand Slams?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, honestly this one hasn’t quite sunk in yet for some reason. I guess I was trying to be so focused in the moment itself that when it all happened I was just so happy, you know, that it was all over and that the pressure was, you know, gone basically.
I guess that came due to the tough loss I had here last year. US Open, as well. A couple tough, you know, moments for me the last couple years, you know, I guess. So I really almost didn’t try to picture myself with the trophy or try to think too far ahead really.
So now even right now, I mean, there was so much on the line, so I didn’t try to think of the world No. 1 ranking or the seventh or the seventeenth. So I think that’s going to actually, for a change, take much longer to sort of, you know, understand what I was able to achieve today.
Yeah, it was crazy how it all happened under the circumstances. Yeah, I played terrific.
Q. How hard was it to listen to the same questions done in different ways about will you win a Grand Slam again?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, it didn’t happen the day after I won Australia. Right then things were great. Like they will be tomorrow. Then the day after they are going to go, When is he going to retire, again?
It hasn’t always been like this, the pressers. I think they’ve been somewhat easier for me since I was able to win here three years ago and since I was able to win in Paris. Things are much more easy now in the press room. They’re at peace, even though I understand everyone wants to be the first to have mentioned it or said it first that, Okay, this is the decline.
I also said that I think this is just a temporary thing. That maybe down the stretch, like with Agassi I guess in some ways, you’ll be happy that I’m still playing a few years from now. So I see it more as a steppingstone, a period I have to go through as well. That I’m, you know, going to win 90% of my matches throughout the year, it’s impossible every single year. So you’re always going to go through ups and downs.
But I knew how close I was for the last few years, and some people didn’t quite see that maybe out of different reasons. But I knew and I think the belief got me to victory today, and almost two other ones in the last couple years, as well.
Q. Andy said you were one of the greatest athletes of all time, rating you alongside Pele. Do you consider yourself that way?
ROGER FEDERER: Anyway it’s opinions of people, you know. It’s nice, obviously, having had I’d say a positive effect on the game of tennis in the first place, that I was able to live a dream in the first place, I guess, here in tennis.
And then to represent tennis, you know, across sports has been nice, you know. Not that I feel like obliged to do all the right things or whatever, but it’s nice to be compared to other sporting greats.
If I can help the game of tennis with the image or with, you know, making it more popular, that’s enough for me really. I want to leave the game better off than when I came into this great game, which was already unbelievable with the great rivalries we had: Becker‑Edberg, Courier and Agassi and Sampras. You name it, there were so many other great ones I must have forgotten.
So I think that, for me, is most important, you know. And then the other sports, I mean, that’s so different anyway that you can’t compare.
But I drew a lot of inspirations from other great athletes in other sports. I think like Pete and Edberg and Becker, I don’t know, maybe Jordan, Tiger Woods, you name it, Valentino Rossi. They inspire me to keep on pushing further.
You know, not just being happy with world No. 1 or being happy with a Grand Slam title, but maybe to reach for more. Then obviously I have to drive myself. But you sometimes do need to see someone else do it for a long time so that you feel it is actually possible.
Q. This title and No. 1 didn’t happen in two weeks. It’s a process. Is there a point you can pinpoint when the run up to this actually began?
ROGER FEDERER: Uhm, wonder when. Maybe French Open last year potentially. I played an amazing French Open last year. I was very close against Rafa in the finals. And I think did play actually very well here, as well, you know, against Jo. Things just didn’t turn out well for me here.
I guess it had a little effect on me through Toronto and Cincinnati potentially. But then again, I did play great as well at the US Open. Again, unlucky; Djokovic played well, whatever you want to call it. But things were tough for me there.
So I think it was a time where I just had to believe that things were going to turn around for me, and not just naturally, but work at something. You know, this is where I did take a long break off. Mean, I did play Davis Cup after the US Open in Australia. You know, just took a break.
Because I played a lot of tennis, good tennis, but I wanted to win titles, not just lose in quarters and semis. I think when I came back to Basel, which was a home tournament, things obviously changed for me to winning ways again, I would believe.
Then the confidence rose as I went to Paris and also to London. I think this is when I realized a lot is possible in 2012.
Q. You mentioned Tiger Woods a moment ago. He’s obviously also trying to regain the major tournament magic which you had today again. He tweeted that we saw why you’re the greatest. What are your thoughts on receiving that message from him?
ROGER FEDERER: Uhm, I didn’t need to get it through Twitter, I got one from himself. He was very pumped up these last couple days, you know, for me. He was very supportive.
Yeah, it’s nice, you know, when other greats like this do, you know, believe in me. They push me further, even in the rain delay basically when they cheer you on. You know, so it was big.
Yeah, I mean, I wish him the best as well. He knows that. Obviously with all these Facebook and Twitters and all this it’s much more public now.
But it feels great, you know, to receive so much support from such great athletes.
Q. What did he say to you specifically?
ROGER FEDERER: Just happy, you know. Whatever. You can make it up.
Q. What concessions, if any, have you had to make to age in the last couple years? Schedule? Training?
ROGER FEDERER: Uhm, well, people forget sometimes I do have twin girls, you know. That has had a massive impact on my life. My game, I think it’s helped my game more than anything because I think I’m playing some of the best tennis of my life right now, and since a long time now.
But just to be able to juggle everything together has been, you know, a challenge. And I think you learn from mistakes. You try to make it work for everyone involved. Hasn’t always been easy, you know. I admit that.
But, of course, the victory today is a dream come true today for me and my family, you know, seeing them there. Yeah, it’s big.
Q. Did you change your tactics at all after the rain delay?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I tried to play more aggressive. Obviously there was a lot of wind involved as well in the first couple of sets. There was sort of a downwind from the right‑hand side of the umpire’s chair, which maybe makes you play more with the elements and less with tactics at times.
And when the wind is gone you get more back into tactics you know, what you can do, what you can’t do.
Yeah, I tried to take it more to Andy, and I was able to do that. I think, yeah, I went to maybe fetch victory more than he did potentially. I don’t know, but I’m happy that closing the roof maybe helped me today, because I wasn’t sure if that was going to help me or not.
Q. I imagine when you were 22 that you felt like a better tennis player than you were at 18. I’m curious, how you feel about that now? Do you feel like you are a better tennis player now than you were than five years ago?
ROGER FEDERER: I hope so. God, I’ve practiced so much that I ‑‑ you don’t want to be worse five years later, you know. (Laughter.)
I feel I have, you know, a great game today. But then again, maybe there were times I had such incredible confidence that you do pull triggers and you pull off shots that maybe today I don’t because I maybe do play a bit more the percentages.
I know how hard it is, you know, to pull off those great shots and I know how easy it is to miss, so I’m more aware of these things.
But I’m so happy I’m at the age I am right now, because I had such a great run and I know there’s still more possible. You know, to enjoy it right now, it’s very different than when I was 20 or 25. I’m at a much more stable place in my life. Yeah, I wouldn’t want anything to change. So this is very, very special right now.
Q. Clearly very emotional for him. You must have felt for him.
ROGER FEDERER: For Andy?
ROGER FEDERER: Yes. I mean, are you kidding me? Yeah, I mean, I told him it’s supposed to be easier, this part, than playing the match. It’s hard. I mean, I’ve been there, as well. I think he’s done so, so well, to be quite honest. Because I see him every day. I see him, what he goes through on a daily basis on tour.
At Wimbledon I think he handle is it so perfectly, to be quite honest. I think he’s giving himself so many looks at big titles. Grand Slams I think is what you guys are focusing on the most. I really do believe deep down in me he will win Grand Slams, not just one. I do wish him all the best. This is genuine. He works extremely hard. He’s as professional as you can be.
Things just didn’t quite turn out for him in the finals that he hoped for. But today I’m sure he got another step closer to a Grand Slam title for him. I really do believe and hope for him that he’s going to win one soon.
And here's Andy's:
R. FEDERER/A. Murray
4‑6, 7‑5, 6‑3, 6‑4
Q. Does this one, now that it's over, feel any different than the other ones? How did it feel inside?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, yeah, it's tough. Every one has been different ways. You know, today's pretty hard because, you know, you're playing in front of, you know, a crowd like that. You're playing in front of you know, your family's there, as well, like your whole family has come to watch.
So, yeah, it's tough.
Q. Clearly very emotional. Can you take consolation from the way you played?
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, I'd be playing I guess probably the wrong sport if I wasn't emotional. I mean, I thought I played a pretty good match. A lot of close shots, a lot of close games, a lot of breakpoints here and there.
You know, he played very, very well the last two sets especially. You know, when the roof closed he played unbelievable tennis.
Q. What was it like, the roar when you came out on court for the first time? It was amazing.
ANDY MURRAY: It was great. The atmosphere was unbelievable, one of the best I've played in. Yeah, that's really all I can say on that. The atmosphere was great. The support was great. You know, I hope it was a good match, even though obviously I lost. I hope everyone enjoyed it.
Q. After all that's happened this fortnight, how much closer do you feel to achieving your ultimate goal?
ANDY MURRAY: I don't know. You know, it's tough to kind of assess after you've just come off the court.
I'd say that's the best I've played in a slam final. You know, I created chances. Obviously went up a set. You know, it was a long match. You know, even the last two sets, I still had chances the game where I got broken in the third set. It was a very, very long game. I had a lot of game points.
It wasn't like I gave away bad games or stupid games and stuff. I played a good match. I made pretty good decisions for the most part, so I'm happy with that.
I felt more comfortable this morning and before the match than I had done maybe in the previous slams.
Q. How do you feel the rain break and playing under the roof changed the dynamics of the match?
ANDY MURRAY: Of course it changed it a bit. The way the court plays is a bit different. I think he served very well when the roof closed. He served better. I think he's not lost an indoor match since 2010, so he plays well under the roof.
Q. The game in the third set that went on for so long, the 19 minute one with 10 or 11 deuces, could you speak about the fortitude it took to stay in that game and then the challenge of letting it go and moving on?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it was tough because both of us had chances. There were breakpoints and game points obviously. I guess that was the longest game of the match.
Yeah, it was tough, a tough game to lose. But, you know, I wasn't disappointed necessarily with the way I played in that game. Yeah, it was a frustrating game to lose, but I still had chances after that.
Q. Do you feel that your performance was affected by the fall that you had?
ANDY MURRAY: No. No, I don't think so.
Q. I appreciate it's difficult for you to assess someone else at the moment, but given that Roger is back at No. 1 in the world, still winning Grand Slams in record numbers when his greatest rivals are at the peak of their careers, do you think Roger will ever be elevated in the discussion of perhaps the greatest athlete in history, alongside the Pele's and Ali's, or what more would he need to do?
ANDY MURRAY: He's up there. Rafa, as well, for me is up there in that conversation, as well. Both of them have been, I mean, yeah, unbelievable athletes. They've been great for the sport.
And, yeah, he's still playing amazing tennis. You know, a lot of people, yeah, have been asking me, Has he started slipping? Is he not playing as well? If you look at the matches he lost the last couple years, very, very close matches, matches he definitely could have won.
You know, he could be sitting on 20 Grand Slams if one point or a couple inches here or there. So he's still playing great tennis. I don't think you get to No. 1 unless you deserve it.
Yeah, it's a great, great week for him.
Q. You've been asked this many times. Obviously this fortnight, especially the last couple days, have taken the excitement of all of Britain to a new level. Can you talk about that achievement and what it's like to be the driving force of that? Do you ever wish you were just another Spaniard?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, yeah, I don't want to speak for any of the people in here, but I know from what I've been getting told, some of the stories the journalists have had to write the last few days have been, you know, some of the biggest for them maybe in their career. They're getting huge spaces in the newspapers, which maybe tennis doesn't always get in this country.
So I think, I mean, it's been a great, great couple of weeks. I think everyone has handled it very well. From what I've been told, the reaction of all of the press and all of the people that have been watching has been unbelievably supportive and positive.
So it's been a great tournament I think for tennis, and I'm glad that I'm part of that.
Q. As disappointing as this is for you, what's the best that you take out of this entire experience to follow up on what you just talked about?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I played better this time in the final, and that's the main thing. It's not an easy tournament for British players in many ways, but I think I dealt with all of the extra things away from the tournament pretty well better than maybe I had done in the past.
Yeah, it was my first time in a Wimbledon final. I'd never been there before. I played three semis beforehand. So I'm still improving, still playing better tennis, trying to improve, which is all I can do.
Q. A couple days ago you talked about your quest in relationship to that of LeBron James to win an NBA championship. He last night was tweeting, thanking you for the shout out, that he would see you in London at the Olympics. I wonder if either you'd heard from him directly or what kind of ongoing inspiration you might have from that?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, I heard about the tweet. I haven't been on Twitter for a number of weeks now. Yeah, I heard about it and just asked my management company if they could thank him for saying that.
Stories like that, yeah, to me are inspiring. Kind of gives you that extra bit of belief. You know, sometimes guys have taken much longer, you know, than others. I think he said after he lost in the NBA Finals last year, he said that he's having to go through a lot of nightmares before he reaches his dream.
To me, I think I'm in a similar situation right now. Yeah, it doesn't get easier. When you lose, it's hard, it's tough to take, but you need to try and show strength of character to come back from it. Hopefully one day you get there.
Q. What did Roger say to you on the court after your speech? You seemed to laugh there.
ANDY MURRAY: No, I just said to him, Sorry. I didn't obviously want that to happen. You feel like you're kind of attention seeking or something. It was not like that at all. And I knew it before, because they asked me if I wanted to do the interview. I knew it was going to be hard 'cause I just felt it.
So before I went I don't know if I wanted to do it, but I tried. I've seen Roger do the same thing a couple times before, so he kind of knows what it's like. Yeah, he said that, you know he just laughed. He said, This is meant to be the easy part, doing the speeches after the match. But sometimes it feels quite hard compared with playing a tennis match.
Q. A lot of commentators were saying before this match that this was your best chance ever. Do you feel like that was the case? What can you say to people who maybe think that chance is gone for you?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, the chance is gone. I can't take today's match back, obviously.
But was it my best chance? I don't know. It was first time being in a final. You know, it was good to get there. I lost to a guy that's now won this tournament seven times and is No. 1 in the world. So if that's your best chance, then...
We're talking about one of the greatest athletes of all time here, like we're saying. Got to put it in context a little bit.
Q. You mentioned the special atmosphere on court. Do you have a message for the fans who camped out in the rain last night just to get grounds passes? That's devotion, isn't it?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it is, like I said on the court. You know, a lot of the stuff that is said over this period, you know, about there being so much pressure and stuff, it makes such a difference like when you're on the court and you have, you know, the support behind you and know that all of the people that are kind of in there are wishing you well and wanting you to win.
And, yeah, it's been amazing. They're certainly not the ones that make it hard, you know, to play. They make it much, much easier, you know. When you have a crowd like that behind you, it's a lot easier to play.
Yeah, thanks for the dedication. Sorry I couldn't do it for them.
Q. The emotion you showed on the court at the end shows how desperate you were to get there in the end.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, well, I mean, 'desperate' is maybe the wrong word to use. But, yeah, it's something that I worked very hard towards. I try, like I say, always to improve. I try and work as hard as I can.
You know, I try and have the right people around me, you know, to give me the best chance of doing that. Make quite a few sacrifices throughout the year.
Yeah, it means a lot to me.
Q. Roger dropped the first set, struggled in the second, and he turned the match around. The roof may have been a factor. Did you also pick up any changes in his approach, his tactics? Can you talk more generally about Roger as an opponent in terms of problem solving, dealing with what his opponent is doing.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, when we came out after the break he was more aggressive on my serve. I maybe didn't serve as well under the roof as I did the first couple of sets.
And, yeah, the second set had some chances and didn't quite get them. You know, often what happens is matches change over a couple of points here and there. You know, maybe if I got the break in the second set it could have been different, or not got broken at 30 Love up at 6 5.
But, yeah, after the break he was a bit more aggressive. And I think because he has excellent timing, so when, you know, there's no wind or anything under the roof, he times the ball very, very well. He was able to go for his shots a bit more. Felt a bit more secure probably.
Q. How long will you take off now and when do you plan to start practicing?
ANDY MURRAY: I don't know. Until my mind is right. There's no point in going on the court until I'm ready to go out there and learn and work hard and do the right things in the gym and in practice because there's just no point.
So I'll wait and see how my body recovers after the next few days. I fell a lot of times this tournament. I got a lot of bruises all over my body and stuff. So I need to take a few days off, let everything heal, recover, and then see.
But I won't be on the court next week, that's for sure.
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