Roger Federer was in a jovial mood in his press conference on Saturday night, after almost letting his semifinal match vs. Novak Djokovic slip through his fingers. He was pushed to 7-5 in the third set after winning the first 6-1 and being up 4-1 in the third. Relief makes him slap happy, I guess. Here are some snippets from his presser:
“To come through obviously feels great. Playing against the tough guys back to back is something that makes me very happy. And I got a chance now to win the title tomorrow. So I’m excited.”
Novak and Roger exchanged frank words during the handshake:
“He (Djokovic) told me he thought I should have won the match earlier. I deserved the victory. And I was like ‘Yeah, I kind of agree.'” (laughter) “But I’m still happy I won either way. You know, he’s a good sport.“
Roger describes his relationship with trial coach Paul Annacone:
“It’s very romantic.” (lots and lots of laughter) “Look it’s going okay. You don’t go to candlelight dinner every night. I have a wife you know. We don’t know yet if he’s going to come to Cincy. We’re debating that. Severin (Luthi) has just arrived in Cincinnati today so we’re looking at the schedule – we know this is going to end regardless, win or lose tomorrow. And we take it week by week. It’s been able to help me, help me with stuff. Like expected, he’s a nice guy and so far it’s been going well. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”
Hmm. . .so is it all wine and roses or is Roger playing hard to get?
Roger’s thoughts on missing out on yet another Federer vs. Nadal final opportunity this week:
“I’ve played Rafa so may times we don’t need necessarily to play more and more and more. I hope we can play at the (U.S.) Open - that’s what I kind of hope for because that’s never happened before.”
With his win over Nole tonight, Roger put himself in the position to play World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the U.S. Open finals. Come Monday, Federer will be No. 2 in the world, and safely back on the other side of the draw from Rafa.
Novak Djokovic – who will be nudged down to No. 3 with this tight loss – was not in a good mood:
“I am frustrated with the loss and upset about the loss. Of course I am. I am a competitor, and it doesn’t matter the way I play. If I have a chance to win and I don’t, I’m not happy and I cannot be happy.”
Rafael Nadal lost to Andy Murray in straight sets in Saturday’s afternoon semifinal. Andy Murray was obviously pleased with his play and apparently his current coach-less state.
“I want to enjoy, you know, playing my game, sort of expres myself on the court how I want. Obviously I’m without a coach just now, and so it’s a little bit — its a little bit different. I’ve been enjoying myself out there and obviously playing well.”
But Andy isn’t considering going it alone for any extended period of time. He still says he plans to hire someone after the US Open.
Rafael Nadal came into the press conference with his fingers buried in a sack of Quely biscuits. Emotional eater or just hungry?
Roger Federer will play Andy Murray tomorrow in the Rogers Cup finals at 1:30pm Eastern time. NOTE! That’s a change. It looks like ESPN is going be showing the match on tape delay at 3:00pm. Sorry, I’m not sure at this point. . .
Photos from Federer and Djokovic’s pressers:
Photos from Murray and Nadal’s pressers: