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THE MODERATOR:  Questions, please.

 

Q.  A lot of European players when they first came to the Open in its wild days, like Stefan Edberg, didn't like it but grew to like it as time went on.  Did you go through that process or did you always enjoy it?

ROGER FEDERER:  No, I maybe had that more at the French Open, that kind of feeling.  Never really felt comfortable, not quite sure where to go, what to do with the preparation, didn't know any people yet, you name it.  But at the Open, I always felt for some reason always super excited, a place I always wanted to go to when I was younger.  Played a good juniors maybe.  I don't know if that helped back in '98; whereas at the French maybe I lost first round, so I always felt right off the bat that this was a place that wasn't going to work out so well, but it did.  Yeah, so US Open for me was always, I don't want to say easy, but very natural and I always looked forward to it in a big way, yeah.

 

Q.  Compared to the other slams, is it as wearing, harder?  Some people think because of the night matches, the distractions.  How does it compare?

ROGER FEDERER:  No, I can see that.  The distractions are big here just because you almost enjoy your time too much.  Not meaning you go party, but you do too many things maybe you shouldn't be doing.  Maybe when you come on court your mind is still elsewhere, those kind of things.  I do feel that, too, here; whereas in Wimbledon, you rent your house, you're full on tennis.  All you do is you watch tennis.  You eat and breathe tennis.  When you come here, you go out at night for dinners.  You catch up with friends.  You do maybe watch things on TV from time to time.  There's many more things you can follow and do, so that brings challenges automatically with it.  Historically I've always come here and I think I've at least always won at least three rounds here.  I don't think I ever lost first round.  It's also helped me feel really comfortable in New York and spend more time than just potentially thee days here or five days here coming from another a week's tournament in Rhode Island, Hamlet, or all those tournaments I used to play.  But I love it here.  The distractions are a challenge, the wind, the humidity.  The early matches, the really late, late matches, because it can get extremely late here, like in Australia, too.  That takes some getting used to.  Experience can help in that, too.

 

Q.  You returned to world No. 1; Novak Djokovic is close to you.

ROGER FEDERER:  Yeah.

 

Q.  Is this a pressure for you or it motivates you?

ROGER FEDERER:  I think it's a great story that we have so many guys playing well at the same time.  That's kind of how I see it.  Novak to me goes in as the favorite still here at the Open because he's the defending champion.  He's probably won the most titles on hard courts the last couple years.  It's where he feels most comfortable.  He's beaten me the last couple years as well.  It's strange for me to be the favorite just after beating him a couple of times.  Then again, I've had a great summer.  So has Murray.  Rafa won the French.  It's a pity he's not here.  It's going to be an interesting US Open.  I'm happy I'm through the first round.  World No. 1 right now is not on the top of my mind.  I am happy I'm world No. 1, but it's not what drives me during this year's US Open.  It's actually trying to get the title or get closer to that title, because first the focus is completely elsewhere.

 

Q.  How would you evaluate your play tonight?

 ROGER FEDERER:  I thought it was good, you know, considering I played a very talented player who I didn't know much and never played against him.  First round at the US Open can always bring a lot of pressure with it.  It was very windy out there and extremely humid.  I'm just happy I was able to weather the conditions and a dangerous opponent.  Overall I'm extremely happy.

                       

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HE MODERATOR:  Questions, please.

 

Q.  In matches like that when you're in so much control, when do you start enjoying it?

ROGER FEDERER:  I mean, I guess, he had a slight opportunity to come back at the end of the second at 5‑2 when I was serving for it at deuce.  I'm not sure anymore.  Then I was at two sets to love.  When you first break, you think he's not going to be able to turn this match around anymore, I'm feeling too good.  I know I can bring my serves when I need to.  I got the rhythm.  Then, obviously, maybe I see coming forward still works.  I like coming forward when I am up in the score.  Just try maintaining that.  And if things don't work out that way, you can always play it safe again.  Obviously it's tough for the opponent to try to look for the rhythm as well because I'm trying to break it at that point.  It's enjoyable.  It's a great night of tennis, not too much wind.  Great opponent who was also ready to do some shot‑making.  It's a long time, it was obviously going to be fair, tough, and nice.  But I enjoyed it, like I always do, particularly the night sessions here in New York.

 

Q.  With regard to Andy and his decision, you've been a gracious guy in wins and losses, sympathetic to some of your opponents.  What is your feeling about his retiring?  Any shred of feeling bad of denying him a chance to win more majors?

ROGER FEDERER:  Look, you're always going to have someone around, you know.  I had many guys also who denied me many things.  That was the last thing that came to my mind when he told me that he was going to retire.  He was happy to go into retirement.  He wants to finish this one strong.  There's no rules on how you announce it, how you do it.  We've seen so many champions go out in different ways.  He chose to do it this way.  I'm so happy for him really.  He's had an amazing career.  Some expected better; some expected worse.  But I'm sure he's happy with what he achieved because he almost achieved everything he ever wanted.  Maybe to lose the Wimbledon title potentially, but let's forget about that.  He was in those Wimbledon finals.  He could have gotten that title.  That's what I said when I beat him in '09.  He deserves this title, as well.  In my mind, he is a Wimbledon champion as well, a wonderful ambassador for the game.  I'm thankful for everything he's done for the game, especially here for tennis in America.  It's not been easy after Agassi and Sampras, Courier, Chang, Connors, McEnroe, you name it.  I probably forget a bunch of them because you had so many good players in the past.  It's been hard for him as well at times.  I thought he always did the best he could.  That's all you can ask from a guy like Andy.

 

Q.  When you play someone like Bjorn who you played back in 1999 and lost, you look at the difference in your careers, do you ever take a moment to reflect on that?

ROGER FEDERER:  It is quite fascinating actually how careers go, sometimes how juniors really don't matter, even though I probably was a better junior than he was.  I wasn't as tough as a competitor back in the day.  I remember going to a future in Greece, spending some time with him there.  I think we were both waiting for lucky losers at one point.  He got in and I didn't because he was ahead of me in the rankings.  Here we are on center court at the US Open.  It's quite amazing.  I'm glad we both got the opportunity to experience something like we did tonight.  Of course, I never believed in that moment that I was going to become such a great player.  I remember walking off practice courts and telling my partner in practice, I'm sorry, I don't enjoy it right now, I have to stop because I'll just ruin your practice instead of toughening it out and making a good practice for him, at least.  I was so weak back then.  It was just different times, look.  I'm happy I turned the corner at the right times, learned from my mistakes.  Now I can enjoy it so much more.  I was able to make it on the big stage.  That I did react in time, I am very relieved that that happened in my career.

 

Q.  I don't mean to put you on the spot, but the great American journalist who helped popularize the game, Bud Collins...

ROGER FEDERER:  He's here.  Be careful what you say.  You can't stop now.

 

Q.  Bud has done so much for the game.  I don't know the impact he had in Europe.  Can you recall some of your recollections of his work or contacts with him?

ROGER FEDERER:  He's always been enjoyable to work with.  Always had a smile.  He was really happy always to see me, I thought.  Good questions.  Tough questions at times, but that's what he's supposed to be doing, right?  Never had a bad moment.  I don't recall one.

 

Q.  Gosh, we'll have to change that.

ROGER FEDERER:  You still have some time to do it.  This press conference is not over (smiling).  No, I mean, really I have only good things to say about Bud.  Thanks for being part of such a great game and making it even more wonderful.



Q.  Andy was asked about the comparison of you being 30, him being 30.

ROGER FEDERER:  31.  Don't make me so young.

 

Q.  He said, I didn't want to make it through the press conference without a direct comparison to Roger.  If you look at my contemporaries that started with me, Roger is the only one still going strong.  Pretty much he's right.  I wonder what it's like to be at this stage of your career where you're seeing those players that you were competing against 10 years ago, and they're dropping out of the game.  Here you are playing as well as you've ever played.

ROGER FEDERER:  I mean, it's tough in some ways.  I already was pretty sad about the moment when sort of Sampras, Agassi, Moya, all the great Spanish players in the game, Henman, you name it, all of those guys that I used to watch on TV, left the game.  I was sad.  All of a sudden the guys from TV, they're gone.  Now you're only playing guys from your age.  It's fun, but it's not the same.  It's never going to be the same from playing your heroes and idols.  But then I started to obviously start enjoying my generation.  That one was an extremely strong one.  There are still a ton around.  Maybe not all those Grand Slam champions.  Safin obviously retired.  Andy is on the way out.  Ferrer has had some tough times.  Lleyton the same.  Coria is not around any more.  Nalbandian is still around.  Now Ljubicic also retired.  Yeah, it's getting tough again.  I think we just had a record in Paris at the French Open where over‑30 players made it into the main draw of the French Open.  It's great in some ways, but all of a sudden, you know, the next couple of years now, they're probably going to drop like flies.  It's sad.  That's how I felt when Andy told me.  I was a bit sad, obviously.  It means next year at the Australian Open, for instance, no Andy Roddick.  For me basically I've always gone there, he was there, he was preparing, practicing on center court.  I'll miss those moments.  But it's how it goes.  That's why I have always had the fortune and luck to get excited about my generation, the previous ones, the past ones, the ones that are coming up now, being able to play for history books at times, having the chance to play on center courts.  All that keeps me going.  When a few guys drop out of the game, I don't totally lose it.  I'm sad about it, but in a good way, because I know they're happy.  That's a good thing in a way.

 

Q.  If I could bring you back to an unpleasant moment when you lost to Djokovic here.

ROGER FEDERER:  It wasn't that unpleasant.  It was the semis.

 

Q.  You had match points in previous years.  I was wondering if, in the end, that loss was a positive for you?

ROGER FEDERER:  I guess so, yes.  Not right after match point, not three weeks later.  But I felt I played a great US Open.  I thought I played a great Wimbledon, as well.  I played a great French Open.  So I knew I was actually playing really good tennis.  It was just not happening for me.  Then the question is, can you maintain a good level of play without getting frustrated, wanting it too badly.  I'm happy I had the right balance, was able to just stay put and keep working hard and hoping that things were going to turn around for me.  You have to make some tweaks potentially, I don't quite recall it.  I remember sitting down and talking to everyone involved, trying to come up with improvements in the plan, what tournaments to play, even though a lot was obviously in place.  I like to follow a plan and only later on really react if things go really poorly.

 

Q.  Have you given up on Davis Cup?

ROGER FEDERER:  No, not yet.

 

Q.  Looks like this year.

ROGER FEDERER:  Can't win it this year.  We lost to you guys.  You took us out at home.

 

Q.  You were speaking of history and generations.  I think you once said of all the players you hadn't played, you wanted to play Bjorn Borg.

ROGER FEDERER:  I said many names, but Bjorn Borg was I'm sure part of that group.

 

Q.  If that's the case, what would you find appealing about it?

ROGER FEDERER:  I mean, I thought he did a lot for the game, almost without wanting.  He was just himself.  I mean, I remember him playing really.  I had the chance to meet him, spend some time with him.  You could see what an interesting player, interesting character he was.  Then obviously a bit of a myth, him all of a sudden leaving so early.  Really makes him probably the legend he is today.  For him leaving early, No. 1, No. 2, incredible victories, Wimbledon, the French.  Particularly everybody thought he wouldn't win Wimbledon with his playing style back in the day.  It just goes to show how great he really was.  I think he only went twice to Australia.  He could have done so many more things if the focus was only the slams.  Not that the focus is only the slams now, but it's very driven by the slams.  For me, Bjorn was a hero.  Also working with Peter Lundgren from Sweden.  He told me so many stories about Bjorn.  Some were funny, some were strange and some were just fascinating.  He was maybe one of those guys that you would want to play, but try to play against him.

 

Q.  What are your thoughts on Kim's retirement and what did she mean to you on a personal level and as a player?

ROGER FEDERER:  Yeah, same thing.  Kim and I go way back.  God, I remember in the juniors, under‑16, under‑14 maybe even.  She's only a couple years younger, but as a girl you make it earlier.  Yeah, we went through a lot at the same time.  So I was very sad, really surprised when she retired the first time around, so happy when she came back actually.  The way she came back and, bang, she won the US Open.  She had a daughter.  Now I can so much relate to her.  I guess it's easier to be a guy on tour.  We can have kids while we're still playing.  For the girls it's a bit more complicated.  But I think she's also totally at peace.  She looks happy.  Almost relieved to a degree.  That's kind of how I see it right now.  But what a great champion.  She always had time for me as well.  It goes without saying that we like each other, we always enjoyed to see each other.  I always liked to follow her.  She was a great athlete, great player, always friendly.  Yeah, I'm happy she never turned bad just for success.  She always stayed true to her character.  That's really what I enjoy in particular about Kim, as well.

                       

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Re: THE ROGER FEDERER THREAD: Quotes, Articles, Videos, Pictures and anything else!
« Reply #11809 on: September 01, 2012, 10:52:17 AM »
Fed in cruising mode, now take out Verdasco!
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THE ROGER FEDERER THREAD: Quotes, Articles, Videos, Pictures and anything else!
« Reply #11810 on: September 01, 2012, 04:23:47 PM »
Roger came through - more later!

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Re: THE ROGER FEDERER THREAD: Quotes, Articles, Videos, Pictures and anything else!
« Reply #11811 on: September 02, 2012, 02:10:21 PM »
Inside Look At Federer's US Open Media Commitments

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« Reply #11812 on: September 02, 2012, 02:11:01 PM »
Dallas, it's insane how much press Roger does during grand slams. Even during MS-1000s he does a ton of press usually in 3 languages.
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« Reply #11813 on: September 02, 2012, 02:21:47 PM »
Here's Roger's interview with Tennis Channel... (it starts after some time, so just keep watching)

http://www.tennischannel.com/video/#

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« Reply #11814 on: September 02, 2012, 02:22:25 PM »
Dallas, it's insane how much press Roger does during grand slams. Even during MS-1000s he does a ton of press usually in 3 languages.

But he does it so graciously too... The  media loves him. (at least that's what they said).

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« Reply #11815 on: September 02, 2012, 02:25:45 PM »



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« Reply #11816 on: September 02, 2012, 02:28:55 PM »
Next Match:

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« Reply #11817 on: September 02, 2012, 04:59:23 PM »
Some photographs of Roger from the US Open:



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« Reply #11818 on: September 02, 2012, 06:09:58 PM »
An interview with: ROGER FEDERER

Saturday, September 1, 2012

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THE MODERATOR:  Questions, please.

 

Q.  26 out of 27 net points won today.  Do you ever remember a statistic like that?

ROGER FEDERER:  I had no clue my stats were that good coming in.  Fernando did have some good chances for good passing shots.  Looking back, I don't remember missing too many volleys and overheads, all that stuff.  Probably half the time I didn't have to volley because it was hard to hit a good pass.  It was windy.  Usually when I do come in, it's probably on one I can be very offensive on.  But I really tried to play offensive against Bjorn Phau in my second match.  I did lose more points than I was hoping to.  I think that gave me the confidence to move forward today and conditions helped that because it was quicker during the day.

 

Q.  What are your thoughts on the Davis Cup tie against The Netherlands in Amsterdam?  Will you be there?

ROGER FEDERER:  Probably take a decision soon.  It's obviously one that's an interesting choice of surface from their side, playing outdoors on clay.  But then again, you know, it's an exciting tie because Dutch fans are always amazing.  I remember when I played there 2004 maybe, I'm not sure how long ago it was, 2003 I think it was, we had a great time.  I hope obviously the Swiss can win.  But it's going to be difficult.  Away ties in Holland are always very difficult.

 

Q.  But will you be there?

ROGER FEDERER:  Don't know yet.  Take a decision next 10 days.  A lot is happening in my life.

 

Q.  The Spanish media published today that Rafael Nadal may not play until next year.  How do you feel about it?  Did you ever have a conversation with him about his many injuries?

ROGER FEDERER:  No.

 

Q.  Maybe gave him some advice?

ROGER FEDERER:  No, we never really spoke about it, even though we see each other.  He sees me taped up.  I see him getting taped up.  We see each other warming up for matches and so forth.  You never really talk about that.  I think it's quite personal except if one guy goes up to the other.  But we're both very open and honest, you know.  When I ask him how he's feeling, he's not feeling well, he'll tell me, I'm tired, a little injured.  There's no real secrets out there because he knows and I know when we tell each other that stuff it doesn't leave the room.  That's a nice relationship I have with Rafa.  It's based on a lot of trust.  So it's obviously not great news but one that was a possibility.  So I'm not shocked about the news.  I'm still hopeful that he'll be okay for the rest of the year.

 

Q.  Aside from doing all these press conferences time and time again, what is the toughest thing you've had to go through in your career?

ROGER FEDERER:  It depends what 'tough' is.  I don't know.  I've had tough moments out there.  I can't recall one.  I've had so many nice ones that when it gets extremely tough, when you get tough questions, tough trips, tough matches, whatever that may be, you have to explain yourself, it's okay from time to time to have to go through that.  You learn from it.  You deal with it.  You move on.  You always try not to make the same mistake a few times.  But it's happened to me, as well.  Yeah, I can't recall a particular one.

 

Q.  You're known for your game management.  When you are having a tough time out on court, is the most important thing to stay calm?

ROGER FEDERER:  I mean, it is actually quite difficult.  You're always in the limelight out on center court.  That's almost every match for me now.  There's no hiding spot out there.  Doesn't matter how long you're out there for.  Might be five hours.  Basically the TV is just waiting for something to happen.  It will not go unnoticed.  I don't want to say you always have to be on your best behavior, but that can be tricky and difficult sometimes especially when you're younger because you're not quite aware of it yet.  It's a very respectful game towards fans and your opponents and all that stuff.  I'm happy it's that way.  But obviously it's not always so easy to be composed about everything that goes on out there because we also have many emotions.  We don't always feel great every day.  When something is hurting or when you're sick, doesn't matter what it is, when you're trying not to show someone, it's tricky because they zoom in on you and you know that.  You just try to go with it and you get used to it eventually.

 

Q.  When you started out, social media is not what it is today.  Is that better for a player to be able to tell people in their own words or is it better to be judged by the outside world?

ROGER FEDERER:  Well, I mean, yeah, it's true, social media didn't exist when I was coming along.  I don't remember anyone doing it back then yet.  Now it's got really big.  Obviously now we have a lot of quick news, quick info, almost a bit too much for my liking at times.  Sometimes you don't go in‑depth any more.  It's finding out a lot of information as quick as possible.  You definitely have to get used to that as well.  So the question was exactly?  I'm a little slow, you see (smiling).

 

Q.  From the athlete's standpoint, are you happier being able to give out the information yourself, or do you want other people to judge you?

ROGER FEDERER:  Well, I started using my website for that some time ago.  Whenever I had an announcement to make, important, not important, at least it was a neutral platform.  So none of the journalists would feel betrayed that I used one to announce.  So I put it on the website and people did what they did.  For me, the most important was that I could communicate with fans.  The communication with the media happens for me here.  I don't necessarily need social media to communicate more with you guys.  I'm doing so much media all the time.  For me, most important are the supporters and fans who travel the world with me.  When I see them at practices or matches, this is when I want to interact with them.  Of course, now there is this platform.  Of course, from time to time I do write stuff, as well, but it's not my favorite thing to do.  I do it because I know that the fans take pleasure.  I don't actually post for anyone else but the supporters and the fans.  People use it differently.  I use it that way, still very casually, but it seems to work so far.  We'll see how it goes in the future because things are changing.

 

Q.  Stan said yesterday if you played more doubles you could be the best doubles player in the world.  Do you think playing at the Olympics improved your singles game at all?

ROGER FEDERER:  I don't think so.  But repeat yourself again.  I just want to make sure I heard that.

 

Q.  Has it improved your volley or your play at net?  You played doubles four weeks ago at the Olympics...

ROGER FEDERER:  If that helped me?

 

Q.  Has that positively impacted your singles play?

ROGER FEDERER:  Oh, no, no.  I played two matches.

 

Q.  But you practiced.

ROGER FEDERER:  Yeah, we practiced.  I think we had two practice sessions for it.  We're very professional (laughter).  No, I used to play a ton of doubles when I was younger.  That helped me.  I don't know how many doubles tournaments I played in my life, but I played a lot, particularly my first, let's say, five years on tour.  Now obviously there's just too much happening for me to play too many doubles.  But I do believe, for instance, when I played more doubles in '08 Olympics, where I went and played maybe five matches, we did play some more doubles tournaments before that, I really feel that that benefited me coming into the US Open that year.  I was very good at net.  So I do believe that you can take away a lot from doubles because you have less time on the return and at net, as well.  But this time around, no, it didn't help me unfortunately.

 

Q.  After the match today you mentioned as you were serving for it you had some memories of the semifinal last year.  Can you talk more about that.

ROGER FEDERER:  Well, I thought it was a similar atmosphere.  I guess against Novak, it was later in the day.  Just an assumption I have.  I'm not sure anymore.  I just felt the atmosphere, Labor Day weekend, also at the end, semis or finals, that those day matches have a different atmosphere to the night session matches.  Now I've played two night.  Coming out during the day, when I walked on, it reminded me of the ovation I got from that particular match, and then when I got up to serve for it, I think it was the same end, when it was against Novak, just tried to serve this one through.  Doesn't matter whether you think about it or not.  It was funny that I thought about it in a third‑round match.  But I'm happy that I survived it.  I played a really good last game, so I'm happy.

 

Q.  How do you feel physically after your first day match in New York's humidity?  Sounds like you may have a bit of a cold.  You're sniffling a bit?

ROGER FEDERER:  No, just a lot of air‑conditioning in this country.  I've been up and down for the last few weeks.  You're right, I have a little bit of a blocked nose, but not bad.  No, today honestly wasn't hot at all for me.  Bit of a breeze.  It almost cools you down a bit.  I know when you're sitting there, it feels even warmer.  For me anyway it was no problem.  I enjoyed it.  Had a great time out there.  I was happy with my performance today.

 

Q.  Can you compare the two quite different experiences of playing a big match on Centre Court Wimbledon versus playing on Ashe?

ROGER FEDERER:  It's great.  I mean, I've played in so many places.  It's true, you have to get used to some of them.  Some come totally natural.  Some other ones, maybe you're lacking the energy or the fire or it's almost too loud, too noisy, whatever it might be.  So it takes some getting used to.  Also conditions.  You mentioned the heat, the humidity, the wind.  Obviously indoor, outdoor tournaments have a completely different feel to them as well.  People do react when it it's cold.  You can't clap so much.  It's cold.  You have an umbrella in your hands when it's raining.  Atmosphere changes.  You mentioned Wimbledon and the US Open.  I don't want to say they could be more different, but there is a big change in it.  Obviously you don't have the night sessions at Wimbledon.  Now with the roof you might have some.  It's not the same as here.  Then you have, I don't know, advertising on change of ends.  You have music, you name it, kiss cam, fan cam.  It makes you laugh.  The focus is obviously different.  You try to find a way to handle it, and it can give you a lift when you feel the crowd is having a good time.  But then also some crowds are really nice when all they care about is forehands, backhands, serves, nice tennis.  There needs to be no other experience but tennis for them.  Different countries, different cultures.  That's what I enjoy a lot when you travel the world.

 

Q.  You mentioned the great Dutch fans.  What are the most intense fans that you played in front of?

ROGER FEDERER:  I don't know.  I've had a rough one here against Andre.  That was tough.  And then where else?  I mean, Australia, I guess, I've had a couple of tough ones, too.  I've had a ton where people were cheering for me, really exciting.  A lot of local home heroes throughout my career.  Therefore, extra special, no doubt about it.  When players have to play me back in Basel, it's also quite tricky for them.

 

Q.  Do you feel as much pressure to win a slam now as you did before you won one?

ROGER FEDERER:  No.  This is way less pressure.  This is ‑‑ I don't know how to explain it.  You don't even explain because it makes so much sense.  Before you're trying to break through, make your move, you realize it's so hard.  You still have Agassi, Sampras, the older generation you saw from TV.  Not so easy to come through that one.  That's not even talking about your generation that also are pushing, trying to make their move.  I remember I felt an awful lot of pressure because I was very talented and people always said, He's going to be the next No. 1, next Grand Slam champion, but it seems like there's something missing.  You're like, Yeah, I agree.  I agree I could maybe make it, there is something missing, but I haven't figured it out yet.  So you do feel that pressure.  Yeah, you panic a little bit.  It's not so simple at times.  Today obviously everything you have achieved, nobody can take it away from you.  By virtue of that, you are much more at peace with everything that goes on in your life.

                       

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Roger Federer bounced back from his Olympic final defeat in sensational style by comfortably seeing off Novak Djokovic to win the Western .