Roger Federer beat countryman Stanislas Wawrinka in a relatively easy 6-3, 6-1 match on Thursday night in Madrid. I usually roll my eyes at all the “Roger sends a message to the rest of the field” story lines that sprout up after he wins a match easily – but this video set me straight:
It starts out innocuous enough, but Fed definitely finds his edge later on in the interview.
“Things weren’t looking that great after last week in Estoril. . .to come out and play as convincing as I did is great. It just shows that it’s behind me. I don’t care how negative it sometimes is in the press room. I’ve won the French Open and so many other titles on clay. I’m supposed to enjoy this game and not make it a burden on me.“
Message received, Rog. Now what’s in the envelope for Ernie Gulbis? (Gulbis, Roger’s quarterfinal opponent, kicked him out of Rome a couple weeks ago.)
Federer talks more about his desire to enjoy the game in this new interview with the BBC.
“It’s a lot of fun right now and I obviously want to do this as long as possible.
“The moment you start questioning yourself and asking ‘how am I going to go out of this sport’ – well it’s never crossed my mind. It’s just not something I’m even in the mood to think about.
“People think I’m going to retire at the 2012 Olympics – which is not true. Even though you never know, it depends on your body, I would like to play beyond that so we’ll see how it goes.”
Let’s keep Roger in a jolly mood, shall we?
The other Madrid quarterfinals are as follows:
Rafael Nadal vs. Gael Monfils
Nicolas Almagro vs. Jurgen Melzer
David Ferrer vs. Andy Murray
A quick “get well (very) soon” message to Fernando Verdasco (ankle injury), Andy Roddick (illness) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (back) who all struggled this week in Madrid.