August 29, 2008
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You said during the off‑season you missed 20 days of practice because
of your illness. Can you put into perspective what that 20 days means?
Is that something that you can make up, or does that affect your
preparation for the entire year?
ROGER FEDERER: No, it will definitely affect me throughout the year, you
know, because I've got to work during the year, you know, to catch up,
which makes you a little bit more tired at times.
This year was difficult because I couldn't really take tournaments off,
because I always had to, you know, chase the rhythm of playing on that
particular surface that I was wanting to play on.
That's the reason why maybe it was an important 20 days in the beginning
of the year this year.
Q. You missed a few volleys today, and I just wonder, are we looking at
things because of your year that when you miss a volley, saying, Oh,
look he's doing that and he you didn't do it last year and it was not
that big a deal?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I guess we're talking about it today and if I win
the title you forget about it again. That's usually how it goes. No, but
I was struggling to see the ball at the net a little bit with the crowd
in the back.
He did well to scramble back, you know, quite a few balls. But I wasn't
comfortable at net from the start, you know. It just made it hard, you
And they be in the second set when it got tough, you know, he dug out
some shots and everything seemed to go against me on those break points.
So it was kind of difficult mentally, but it was actually fun playing
this well and really got the crowd into it.
I was never really in danger, so it was actually pretty good for me. I
knew the longer the match would go the more tired he would get, so it
was was a good match for me.
Q. I read that tennis players get a smaller percentage of overall
revenue than basketball players, baseball player, et cetera, other
athletes in other fields. I was curious what your thoughts are on that.
ROGER FEDERER: Well, we heard that, as well. I mean, I know that
tournaments, you know, all around the world are raising prize money, you
know, more and more.
I mean, obviously very happy where tennis has gone over 40 years ago, so
that's a good thing. But I agree that I still think the biggest
tournaments, they're supposed to share a little bit more with the
players, but we'll see how it goes in the future.
Q. Will this lead to more unionization, perhaps, a place to organize?
Make sure you get an equitable part of the pie?
ROGER FEDERER: We'll definitely have conversations, you know, over the
next year or so, as we usually have. There's a quite a bit of change in
the ATP at the moment. I think that's one of the issues on top of the
Q. The two matches you've had this week have been some of your more
comfortable wins over the summer. Winning the gold medal in Beijing in
the doubles, even though it's a different discipline, is that confidence
you've been able to take into your singles game moving forward?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, maybe wasn't confidence. It was fun. It was good
for ‑‑ it inspired me. It was an unbelievable couple of weeks for me,
and I left it with good spirits instead of leaving, you know, on a
quarterfinals that I lost.
So from that perspective it helped. I really thought I played, you know,
great in doubles throughout the tournament. I really carried Stan
through a few matches, you know, and then after that he really started
to play well.
I was just happy that I was finally playing good doubles again, because
I never really did that well anymore in doubles, which was really
disappointing for me.
Then it was hard. I was really tired of getting in here from Beijing.
But after that I've actually felt fine. I was really eager to practice
for the singles again, which was good.
Q. Is there a good feeling about this court, sort of home sweet home
where you've done so well helping your spirits?
ROGER FEDERER: Absolutely. It does help, especially starting off with
the night session. I think that's always the best way. I really feel
great crowd support this year, you know, with the parade, first of all,
but also now with the two matches I played on center court. Both times
was an unbelievable experience.
Again, you know, after everything I've got through already, these are
the early‑round matches, so it will only get better from here.
Yeah, so I'm really happy to be playing well. Everybody's cheering me
on, so it's a nice feeling.
Q. You've been sort of on and off with different coaches. Where are you
now with that?
ROGER FEDERER: Um, well, Josť's here, you know, for Robby. For the
tournament I had the preparation week for Josť, but he tries to see my
matches and practices as much as he can.
It happened that me and Robby were playing at the same time, so I don't
know if Josť is going to stick around. But.
I have my Davis Cup captain here as well Switzerland, and I've been
doing the entire year anyway with him already. So that's the situation
Q. Have you been following Nadal's matches? Like did you watch him last
night on TV, or...
ROGER FEDERER: No, I missed both matches, actually.
Q. Why don't you just zero in...
ROGER FEDERER: I schedule my life around my life, not his life.
I was gone for dinner and he decided to do it quick, so I missed the ‑‑
I was expecting five sets. I was there for four and five, but he wasn't
there anymore, so that was that was problem.
And the other day, I don't know where he was when he was playing Phau. I
guess I was in the city.
Q. You played obviously the late match, and then you played a relatively
early one. There's a lot of discussion, because this is the only
tournament with night matches whether people more comfortable day or
night. Does it matter to you?
ROGER FEDERER: No, I feel good in both. I have no preference. Of course,
there's days, you know, you're like maybe next match you'd rather play
at night. You can sleep in and have more time.
Depends a little bit, you know, the scheduling. But I don't feel
superior in the day session or the night sessions. There's always
usually more wind during the day. So I think that was good I got used to
the wind actually today, because in Beijing there was zero wind, you
know, for like two weeks.
Took me a little bit of adjustment, even though in practice there was
wind, you know. But in match situations it's different. You can't just,
you know, play your normal way. You have to play with the wind a little
bit, and today maybe I struggled at times a little bit.
Q. I don't want to ask you if you like Hawk‑Eye or not. It's been here
for a while. How do you think it affects matches the way it's sort of
ROGER FEDERER: I don't think it's affected a whole lot of matches. I
don't know how many times it's saved a match, because that's what it's
there for really, you know. But at the big tournaments at the big
courts, you know, usually you have the best linespeople, as well.
The worst linespeople are usually on the outside courts where you need
it more. You know, that's my problem with the system, you know. I mean,
we only have it on the two biggest courts. Grandstand already doesn't
have it anymore.
I guess as you go down, the umpires get less experienced, same as the
linespeople. Look, at least you have it on the matches that are really
covered with the TV, so you're not going to have a big scandal anymore
like maybe a few years ago. That was more possible back then.
Q. Is it fair that they have a system not for all courts?
ROGER FEDERER: You ask the other guys. You ask the other guys. I don't
care, you know. I mean, if it's there, it's there. It's not my problem.
Exactly. But I wish it was no problem for nobody.
Unfortunately for the lower‑ranked players, it still exists, you know,
so they are the guys that are maybe sometimes not happy.
Q. Since having mono, has there been a residual effect where the normal
fatigue that before you would have considered just a normal part of your
season you pay more attention to, or, you know, how do you differentiate
between just normal fatigue and maybe fatigue that could be signaling a
ROGER FEDERER: Mmm, I mean, the fatigue, honestly, I've had it many
times through my career, so I never look at it as, Is it back, you know,
something like this.
I never really looked at it in this way. I mean, I was so tired after
Beijing coming here, and then of course I'm a bit worried. But then I
look back, maybe two years back, prior to Wimbledon I couldn't move for
a week. I still was able to win Wimbledon after that.
Once the tournament gets underway you find energy somewhere, you know.
So this is not the first time it happened, and so I don't put it down as
my sickness, you know.
Maybe I put it down as sickness when I still feel a little bit slow
sometimes. These are the moments when I might think, you know, this is
maybe lack of practice still a little bit.
But with recuperation I never really feel like I have a problem to
recover, which is a good thing.
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