The Championships Wimbledon
at Wimbledon, England
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Roger Federer def. Robin Soderling 6‑3, 6‑4, 7‑6
Q. Good to get that third set out of the way?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, it's a tough match, like I expected. He's got a
good game for grass ‑ for any surface really. He's got the potential to
be a good player.
So I was happy to get the match out of the way, yeah.
Q. He's a big server. Do you like it when the serve comes at you
faster than normal? 140 miles an hour at one point.
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, it's challenging, yes, but particularly
on grass, you know. You know, even from the baseline, he hits really
flat and aggressive, so I had to scramble a lot today.
Same thing when I played him in Hamburg recently. You know, I really
had to dig deep, as well, really concentrate on my own serve, because it
can go very quick once you're broken, like in the third set.
So I was quite relieved to get back and win the breaker. That was a
Q. Did you see anything of Marat's win over Novak?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I saw quite ‑‑ probably second and third set,
because I was practicing in the first set.
Q. What did you make of it?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, Marat played a great match, so deserved
to win in the end.
Q. Not a bad day for you all in all with Novak out of your half of
the draw, a good workout today against Soderling.
ROGER FEDERER: Well, that Novak lost doesn't make my day any better,
but my match counts. You know, I did well. Beat a quality player. I'm
through to the third round, so that's really what I'm focusing on, you
But it's true, you know, it's a big upset. I'm anyway concentrating
on my section, so...
Q. Was there anything in Robin's play that annoyed you during the
ROGER FEDERER: Well, just the dangerous game he has. You know, he has
huge shots. He can also mix it up, you know, a little bit with serve and
volley, stay back, play aggressive. Conditions were difficult, as well.
It was a little bit of a swirling wind. The sun being really low.
It was really hard at one stage to play from the one end where I
actually finished the match. I was quite happy once the match was over.
No, I mean, he's showed many times against me that he's a good
player, and today was no different.
Q. What do you make of the condition of the grass this year?
ROGER FEDERER: Good. Same to the last few years. I mean, no
complaints from my side.
Q. When is the last time you actually looked at the rankings to
see who's coming up behind you?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, sort of every other week, you know, in a
way. You look at the rankings, not particularly because of your own
ranking, but just see who's moving around a little bit.
For instance, when Stan, you know, a friend, sort of moved up the
ranking, fun to see where he came from, 25, 28, to No. 10 in the world.
So then you look around a little bit.
Yeah, it's always there. But I wouldn't know now how much my lead is,
for instance, or what it takes. This is up to other people.
But, no, as long as I'm No. 1, I don't really look at my ranking very
Q. You hadn't dropped a service game since the French Open.
Obviously you don't like to lose streaks like that. Was it better to
sort of get it out of the way in the third‑set situation today than in a
ROGER FEDERER: Well, yes and no. I mean, I would like to have not
been in the situation I was in today in the third set. But at the same
time, he did well. He played a good game. It was against the sun. Made a
couple of errors. You know, had the chance to in the end also win that
game. But, you know, it was a tough game.
It was okay. But I've been on a good streak, not having been broken
in seven matches on grass. You know, that was very good. I was actually
on a similar streak I think like a few years ago when I didn't get
broken from the quarters on in '03, I think, until all the way to the
quarters of '04 or something like that.
It was starting to get a burden because people start to remind me of
it. So it was good to get it out of the way against Lleyton there, I
Q. Do you remember Nishikori, the Japanese tennis player? He had a
Grand Slam debut this Wimbledon. Could you tell us your impression of
his performance this year.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I practiced with him in Miami last year
for quite a few times. I was very impressed how well he hit the ball. I
could tell right away that he will be a good player.
I mean, in a way, surprising that he right away won Delray Beach. But
I think we'll see much, much more of Kei in the future. He's a nice guy,
as well. It's good to see a player from Japan also making his move.
Q. Do you usually change racquets a game or two before the ball
change? You seemed to do that today. Was that the conditions, or do you
usually do that here?
ROGER FEDERER: I usually do that. I don't like to serve with a fresh
racquet. Either I do it the game, you know, before or after new balls,
depending if I'm going to serve or not. I've been doing that for five
years. So nothing new.
Q. Novak said after the first round that you sort of spoke a
little bit between your match and his. You sort of talked about the
grass, what condition it was like, all that sort of thing. Did you sort
of meet him today after his match or between matches today at all?
ROGER FEDERER: If we met?
Q. Did you talk at all between the matches?
ROGER FEDERER: Not really, no. I mean, he was doing his thing. I was
doing really mine. You know, once he lost, sort of he left. So I didn't
really ‑‑ no, we didn't get to chat at all. It's not the right moment to
do that kind of talk. We'll do that some other time.
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