PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 19, 2008
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Why did you sing, Roger?
ROGER FEDERER: I wasn't asked. I can do it now (laughter.)
Q. How was the cake? Did you eat any?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, just had some downstairs. It was nice.
He was nice enough to serve it to me.
Q. How did your comfort level compare today from the
ROGER FEDERER: Well, it was quite different in terms of
conditions. Definitely wasn't flying out there as much. I
was definitely slower tonight, you know, than during the
And but again, I felt good. You know, I really felt good. I
really thought I moved extremely well. Came up with some
great plays at the right time. He's a tough player. You
know, to break three times is a great effort, I think.
Q. You looked like you were in complete cruise control at
3-Love in the second set, and then you went through a bit of
a bumpy patch. Can you talk about that?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, it isn't really stuff I want to talk
about, but I can do it, of course. It's -- I thought he
played a good game, first of all, to break me. He his the
one scream across court that just clipped the line. So that
was a bad start.
But I think I served three great serves, you know, to really
actually get the ball into play, and every time he returned
it back. Just, you know, made me work really hard. It was
sort of uphill against a wind, so it was a bit more
difficult for me from the baseline.
It kind of was two good serves, but then he was too tough.
But after that I had some more chances, you know, but you
can't break him every time with that great serve he has. And
maybe didn't play my best on a couple of the break points,
you know. I think both of them that I challenged I just
missed by a little bit.
It was a bit unfortunate, but I think he hung in there quite
well. It just shows how quickly a match can turn around. I
was just happy actually to serve it out pretty well.
Q. How are you feeling physically compared to earlier in
the year? Are you 100 percent healthy now?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I feel like I'm moving well.
I'm jumpy out there. I feel like I'm quick, good reaction,
especially on the return. He really had trouble acing me
today. Guy with that big of a serve, you know, to get it
back so consistently like I did tonight, it was sort of old
times, you know.
I felt like nothing could get past me, and this is exactly
how I want to feel this week.
Q. In the next round you have Tommy, but was there a
another part of you that was hoping to get another shot at
ROGER FEDERER: Not really. To me it doesn't matter to me who
I play. To play Tommy, we've had some good battles in the
past years, and we're good friends off the court. We go way
back to 2000 when we played at the Olympic Games. We've
always had nice matches, and he totally deserves to be where
He beat Roddick and Murray on the way. He's in great shape.
I'm happy to see him playing well again after his injury.
That can be tricky. I think it's the third on his shoulder.
It's nice to see him back and playing well.
Q. Question about Dubai. I mean, what's your interest in
that part of the world just personally and businesswise? You
know, why are you there?
ROGER FEDERER: Umm, sort of came along just like that, you
know. Went on vacation the first time after my second
Wimbledon win for a week, and sort of really enjoyed it
there. I remember once I went to practice for the first time
when I played with Tony Roche, you know, sort of undercover.
I did it back in Dubai after the Bangkok tournament.
Just sort of felt like this is great heat here to practice
and sort of went back for a vacation also a couple times,
and thought, Well, this is good time. It's winter in
Switzerland and it's summer in Dubai. Still, it's warm
enough to practice, and this is why I built up sort of a
camp or a base over there.
It's been like this for the last couple of years now and
it's worked well for me, and it's really just for practice
and vacational (sic) reasons, really.
Q. It's a part of the world that's booming sportswise. A
lot of things going on and investment dollars going in
there. Do you have business interests in that part of the
ROGER FEDERER: Well, it is interesting when you spend time
over there you get sucked into it. You hear so many things.
Everybody's so positive in terms of, you know, everything's
possible, you know. Nothing is impossible. That's sort of a
nice way of thinking, you know.
They're building at an incredible pace, and they believe in
the region, you know, and you can't help but being intrigued
by the vision of the people over there.
That's why I'm always open, you know, to hearing around,
listen around, and so many things going on, many projects,
you know, towers going up. It's just interesting. I'll
definitely keeping my ears open.
Q. On the other side of things, Roger, what are the
qualities of your Swiss heritage, and how do you think it
helps you as a tennis player out there in navigating your
ROGER FEDERER: I don't know. I mean, I don't even know what
it is. Is it Swiss or South African? What is it? Is it hard
I've always been a leader, you know, in -- if it was school
or in sports or whatever, I always wanted to be the best,
and I loved leading a team, you know, when I was in a team
So I don't know if it's got much to do with where I come
from, really. I had great upbringing. My parents were
fantastic, and Switzerland gave me all the possibilities.
The federation was really nice to me and, you know, they
paid for a lot of things.
I had the best coaches along the way, and I was just really
fortunate. Thank God I realized at the right time, went to
start to work hard and never stopped believing that I could
become, not only great tennis player, but become the best,
because I think that is also the difference.
For me, No. 100 in the world wasn't enough. I always wanted
to be better than that and to be the best and could become
not only in the juniors but also the senior level. It was a
great feeling, and I'm very proud of my achievements.
Q. Speaking of your country, are you planning on playing
the Olympics this year and the Davis Cup in the future?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, yeah. Davis Cup is a big goal for me,
always said that. So, yeah, I'll be there, and I'm very
proud to represent Switzerland.
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