Roger Federer’s Rotterdam: the photos and the quotes

Marianne Bevis rounds up the top soundbites and images after Roger Federer sealed the 71st title of his career in Rotterdam

Marianne Bevis
By Marianne Bevis

On the Olympics, 1: “When you realise you have a chance to get an Olympic medal for your country, that’s always what you chase, but it’s also being part of the Olympic spirit…I look back at all [three] Olympic Games I’ve played and each one of them has brought me further as a person, made me very proud to represent Switzerland, and just try my utmost as a tennis player.”

On the Olympics, 2: “I don’t need to fill every gap there is, you know—Olympic gold, Davis Cup. I try to do my best and if the win comes around, that’s great, and I will be so well prepared there won’t be any excuses. That’s all I can control, really, and if a guy plays better than me, that’s too good.”

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After winning his first-round match: “It was a pleasure coming in with a standing ovation, going out with a standing ovation: the atmosphere—I could really feel the buzz. It really gave me a spring in my step, I felt like I was really pumped up to play and eager.”

On being Federer: “I really try not to live this golden cage kind of life…so I do go out, I do have kids, I go to the zoo, I like to go to dinner with my wife and friends. I don’t like to stay in the hotel though sometimes it’s easier because my life is so busy. Other than that, I try to live a normal life.”

On handling the transition from hot to cold weather: “Well cold weather is never a good thing, I think, for professional athletes …getting back from Australia to Switzerland, -11 degrees was a big shock, and my conditioner was very worried, so we did have a build up to Davis Cup…but the bones and the body obviously do feel the cold so I always make sure I’m very warmly dressed.”

On the biggest goal for the coming months: “Stay healthy and play well.”

On the ‘retirement’ question 1: “Agassi played until 36, so I hope it’s at least another three to five years…You can only repeat yourself so many times, until the day I just walk out of the room. I’ll be on the court but not in the press room any more for these stupid questions. You’re allowed to ask, I don’t care, but the answer remains the same, I will play for some time. That won’t change with as many times as you ask me.”

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On the ‘retirement’ question 2: “Whenever you reach 30, apparently, it’s the end…maybe it’s got something to do with what I achieved: Why are you still playing? People don’t understand that it’s so much fun to actually face that challenge…no matter how many times you win a tournament, six or seven times, it’s a lot of thrill.”

On Nadal’s recent comment that, as head of the Players Council, he should speak out more strongly: “I understand that especially the press would like to have me speak out more about certain subjects…and I have spoken out, I think, very openly. I don’t shy away from having an opinion, but it’s just too difficult sometimes to go to the press with these kinds of things…As long as communication is good with the top guys, and the council and the board and everyone involved, that’s what I care about.”

On being 3-4 and 0-40 down in the final set of the semifinal: “I think the mindset was there. Even though I was down 0-40, I knew it wasn’t over and that I still had a shot, and even though he would have broken me, I still believed I could break back, so I think my mindset was there, the winner’s mindset…I still believed I was going to win.”

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On the No1 question: “I’ve had a wonderful career so far and the fire is the same…I may not be No1 but I take so much joy out of playing this sport and travelling the world that changing up my schedule like I did this year is really important for me. And in the end I do care most about winning tournaments…and that’s how I could get back to No1.”

On still wanting to win a Grand Slam: “I still would like to relive great memories and moments I’ve had such as Wimbledon. Everybody says, what’s the point of winning another Wimbledon? Well that’s exactly the point, I wanna be there hopefully one more time holding up the trophy, and going through the goosebumps before match point and showing how good I still am for my team, my country and for myself.”

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