Thanks to GTT reader “Nikdom” for telling us about this cool interview with Roger Federer from the Daily Mail. I admit, the British rag is not where I’d automatically look for an insightful piece on the World No. 1 U-GOAT (though I love it for some good Andy Murray gossip and a swine flu rumor or two) But I stand corrected.
Federer on his sometimes blunt appraisal of Andy Murray’s game.
“If I have ever criticised his (Andy Murray’s) game it’s in the context of it being at a very high level, and smart people will realise that this is really a compliment. I think he has done very well and I have a lot of respect for him. Anyway, I can’t shout out too loudly about our rivalry, because he still has a lead in our head-to-head.”
Guess we’re all smart, by Roger’s estimation. Yay!
Roger on the various Wimbledon Jackets:
“I think it’s important to look nice and it’s something I’ve enjoyed working on with Nike.
“I walked out with that jacket on at Wimbledon in 2005 and I guess we have upgraded it more and more.
“Maybe some people thought it got a bit out of control. I didn’t know about the jacket with 15 on until it was brought out on to court for me.
“All I’m trying to do is make it a bit more exciting and I think you should be allowed to take a risk. You have to wear all white at Wimbledon and that can be a touch boring.”
On where he gets his motivation – a combo of his parent’s weekend plans and Marat Safin:
“My parents would always ask me to ensure that I didn’t waste their money when I was using practice courts or getting coaching as a kid. They always said that they didn’t mind driving me around Switzerland every weekend to play in a tournament, just as long as I put in a good effort and a decent performance.
“They were fine whether I won or lost, as long as I tried hard and didn’t waste their weekends. The work ethic I have today stems from that simple thing. ‘There were times when people thought it was all pure talent and that I didn’t need to fight hard because it all came so easy.
“I went through a phase when I would always win easily in best-of-five matches or lose in straight sets. “So I was pleased when that phase came to an end, it was when I lost 9-7 in the fifth to Marat Safin in the 2005 Australian Open. That drove me on to get stronger physically, and I’ve enjoyed the five-set battles since then.”
And I loved this paragraph, from the interviewer:
But he (Roger Federer) insists there is no reason he should not go on for several years yet, and when you are up close and have a look at his right arm protruding from his T-shirt, you get an indication as to why.
For where the likes of Nadal and Murray have developed huge biceps with which to muscle the ball, Federer is merely toned. His forearm is sinewy rather than resembling a side of beef, and tells of someone who strikes the ball with beautiful fluidity and an economy of effort that minimizes damage to his body.
Too bad the reporter didn’t ask about his other forearm:
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