Q. Do you remember if you ever won a time after 1-5 in your career?
ROGER FEDERER: Don’t know. Your job (smiling).
Q. What does that tell you about what you have to do tomorrow?
ROGER FEDERER: No, look, I mean, it wasn’t all bad. You know, it was fine in the first set. It was fine in the end. Just in the middle, you know, it wasn’t good, you know. So for tomorrow, a new match, new day, new opponent. Everything’s gonna change. So I hope I’m just gonna play better, you know, in all
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Q. Then you win three awards, as well.
ROGER FEDERER: On top of that, isn’t it great? It’s a great day (smiling). Couldn’t be more happy.
Q. You won Fans’ Favorite and Humanitarian of the Year.
ROGER FEDERER: Did I? Humanitarian was last year.
Q. What were the three today?
ROGER FEDERER: Sportsmanship, the Fans and the Player of the Year.
Q. Happy with those three?
ROGER FEDERER: Sure. I mean, I think they’re very nice. You know, especially, you know, I think Fans’ Favorite is always nice. You know, I mean, I guess I’m so well-liked all over the world today that people vote for me, which is a nice thing. Sportsmanship is just really a privilege. You know, that’s being voted by the other players, you know. I beat them so often and they still vote for me, so it sort of works (smiling). But it’s just nice, you know, being recognized by the other fellow players. I try to play in a good way and, you know, be also sort of an idol, you know, to kids, you know, the way they should behave. It’s nice that other players vote for me. And the Player of the Year is the obvious thing, you know, finishing No. 1 at the end of the year. In a way that means the most or the less (sic), depending on how you look at it.
I love the part about being voted Sportman of the Year by all the players he was beating. Do you think Djokovic voted for him? Andy Roddick? I’m sure Rafa checked the Roger box – do you think Roger voted for Rafa or for himself? (Maybe Stan Wawrinka?)
I hope this “get out of jail free” win woke Rog up a little bit. He’s going to need to try harder against Monfils.
I’m really looking forward to Djokovic v. Murray – I’m rooting for Andy!