I’m still processing Roger Federer’s semi final loss to Novak Djokovic today at the Sony Ericsson Open! Still processing. . .still processing. . . I think Roger Federer is too. But at least his loss is bringing out his hidden talents – for racquet smashing and scathing sarcasm. Check out these zingers during his post match presser:
Q. It’s obviously very tough for you to come in so soon after a defeat like that. The emotions are obviously very strained. Is it getting tough to just appreciate the matches like this sort of drifting away? We watch them and we can’t believe sometimes. I suppose it’s even more difficult for you.
ROGER FEDERER: You kind of try hard and then it’s just not working. Today it is different just because there’s so much wind, as well. Once you start feeling bad, it’s kind of tough to regroup, you know. On top of that, it made it more difficult as well from the one end because you had the sun in your eyes. It was really tough on the ball toss, you know. Between 1:30 and 2:30 it’s really tough. But, I mean, it’s the same thing for both players. Once one guy gets the upper hand, the other guy is a bit uncertain. It’s tough, but he struggled bigtime in the first set. So, you know, I finished worse than him. He played so bad in the first set, I had a great effort by finishing even worse than him. It was good.
Q. How much pressure are you feeling out there?
ROGER FEDERER: Not a whole a lot. I haven’t been winning twenty tournaments in a row, so nobody expects me to win really. No, look, it’s been a tough last year or so, especially in the hardcourts. My game never really clicked, you know, except for the Open where I thought I played great. I think when I was finding my form again, you know, it hit me with the back problem. It was unfortunate, you know, but thank God the hardcourt season is over.
Q. How do you evaluate your play in the first part of the hardcourt season?
ROGER FEDERER: It’s the end. It’s the end of the hard court season. I don’t care anymore. I’m moving over to clay, a new chapter.
Q. Do you feel you can overcome the problems you have at the moment, or you feel that you may need some help from a coach or from somebody else?
ROGER FEDERER: I’ve had like five coaches in the last two years.
Q. Did you feel like the crowd got behind you after you smashed the racquet?
ROGER FEDERER: That was great. Great, they got behind me after smashing the racquet.
God, I’m glad the hard court season is over too – and that Roger’s only playing two clay tournaments before Roland Garros. Maybe that will give him time to hire a psychiatrist and get an F’ING coach!