Everyone should read this fantastic interview with Roger Federer in the latest edition of Inside Tennis.
Here’s the gist:
1. Roger is one of the most self-satisfied, content and confident people in the world – without coming across as an insufferable a**hole. Which came first – the attitude or the success? Either way, put it in a bottle and sell it to me!
2. He desires that Roland Garros title so much that he’d forsake all other current career goals to get it. It’s exciting hear him say, without mincing words, that he’d rather win the French than break Pete’s record. So much more intriguing than the usual “I’m just lucky to be where I am, blah, blah, blah” b.s.
3. It’s all about loyalty and trust with Mirka – he says “she’s known me since I had zero titles.” Translation: she’s no gold digga. (Still, it must be nice to be Mirka!)
4. He has a great mind for business and speaks God’s truth about the business side of tennis. He says he wants to work for Nike later in life, but I think he should take over for Etienne de V.
Bottom line, Roger thinks that the Hawk-Eye/round robin tinkering is bunk – all the sport needs to grow and please the fans is live tennis coverage on major television networks! Amen, Rog.
5. The guy could moonlight as a diplomat – he shows great understanding of the American psyche, gives Novak Djokovic props for his mental toughness and calls Pete “one of the best two or three ever in the game.” Roger’s too smooth to say it, but do you think he counts himself in those “two or three”?