Just an update of what happened with Federer at the exho today when he won 10-5 in the final set champions tie break. I didn’t watch the match but I’m sure he was playing too serious and just using it for practice. If he played seriously I don’t think he would have lost a set to Schuttler. Below is some footage of the match and an interview with him in French. Je ne comprend pas!
Then there is a good article in the New York Times about Roger. Here’s a quote:
“As much as I like Pete and as much respect I have for him, that would be something incredible because for me number one in the world is something mystical,” he said.
Also, clairouille from RF.com translated some quotes from Roger for those of us who didn’t understand the above video. So thanks to her.
“I’m more relaxed this year. It wasn’t always pleasant in the last years. Since 2002 people kept on asking if I was going to do it. This for 6 or 7 years takes a toll. At one point I just had to ignore it. I had to make a big mental effort to stay calm in a situation that wasn’t always easy.
Now I come back to the tournement with more enthousiasm. In the past I was always caught between two stools. I didn’t know if I was happy to be back or not. I hadn’t won here so I did ask myself a lot of questions. It was always hard to leave Paris after losing in the finals, knowing I had to come back a year later, face new challengers, and knowing I had to win 7 matches, not 6. It was a lot of pressure.
I have to be careful not be too calm and satisfied already. I want to prove myself that I can do it again.
It’s the first time I’m back on the court with so much history behind me. I have many memories there: the place I fell on my knees after MP, the place I served the last serve, where the podium was. I have so many good memories on that court. The fortnight was amazing from start to finish.”
May the Fedforce be with you.
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