Roger Federer played a fantastic match against Andy Roddick last night and his post-match press conference wasn’t bad either. I encourage you to read the whole thing (click here) if only to see how NOT to ask Roger for one of his sweaty towels.
But here’s the meatiest part of the interview, where Roger addresses the “monster” issue:
Q. Last year you said you had created a monster of expectations. Has that faded for you given how you played in the year since, or do you still feel that weight?
ROGER FEDERER: A little bit. I’m still surprised how quickly the mood swings with the media, with the fans, with everybody.
If I lose a set or two sets against Berdych, everybody is like, Oh, my God, he’s not the same anymore. And then you beat Del Potro and everything is back to normal. It’s just not the way it’s supposed to be, I don’t think.
You don’t lose your edge that quickly. It’s just not possible. I know I’m playing well. I feel good. I know sometimes you can always run into a player that’s hot and you can lose. I’ve been able to control my opponents, and definitely got close against Berdych.
I still think I fought hard and deserved the victory in the end. Came up with two great victories now against Del Potro and Roddick, and usually that’s when I start playing my best: Towards the end of the tournament. I think this is where you should judge a great player.
I think Roger has a pretty healthy perspective on his career and what it takes to be successful. If only some of us fans (who, me?) could be so level headed.