Roger Federer was on the Swiss sport show, Sport Dimanche, this Sunday. He hung out for the entire show, answering questions, catching up on football news and watching highlight reels of himself. (And the not-so-highlights, too – yes, they replay the crying scene from the Australian Open and the Miami racquet smash on the big screen for him.)
Click here to check it out. It’s in French, so I’ve included some translations/observations below.
My French isn’t what is once was (it wasn’t much to begin with) but a helpful person nicknamed “ShotmaKer” at Men’s Tennis Forum posted a loose translation. I put a few tidbits below, but click here to read more. These aren’t necessarily word-for-word transcriptions, but you’ll get the gist.
Roger gets silly at the beginning of the show:
Question: You are a kind of model for millions of people. It’s hard to be a model, no ?
Federer: Just because I’m wearing a tie tonight doesn’t mean I’m a model
Question: Are you the perfect man ?
Federer: Not at all, you know, I’m just trying to enjoy what I’m doing, trying to show the youngsters how it works, you know, and if they consider me as a model, I’m fine with that.
When asked about his tough loss in Australia to Rafael Nadal:
“People need to understand that Rafa was incredible, he won the Olympic Games, Wimbledon, and he was injured at the end of year but otherwise he could have won the year end championships. He was just incredible and better than me.“
I heard it as “he was the man of the moment and stronger than me,” which has a poetic ring to it.
On his Australian Open breakdown (after they replay it for him on the big screen!):
Question: You had an incredible year so far, but the year started really really badly for you (Roger cuts him and adds, rather bad, not really bad ). Do you feel embarrassed to watch these images again?
Federer: No, not really, because, you know, to me it’s quite normal to be sad when I lose a match. I always cried when I lost matches when I was 12, 14 years old… So it’s not that different, but just because it was on TV and all over the place, people thought “This dude is not normal, he already won everything, and now he’s crying…” You know, I also cried when I lost to Rafa in Wimbledon 08, but that one time, I was in the locker rooms… But in Australia, I could not get away with it because it happened right during the ceremony, so you know, that’s just how things are…
The interview ends with questions about Davis Cup and if Roger will be playing in Switzerland’s first round tie versus Spain at the beginning of 2010. He reiterates that Davis Cup is one of his main goals but that he can’t promise anything until the date’s closer.
I liked this quote, as well: “I’m very happy. I think it’s because of this that other people are happy for me.”