Roger Federer: I Can’t Cook. I Can’t Skate. I’m Far From Perfect.
In a moment of reflection, Roger Federer revealed that he’s not perfect afterall. Speaking to the press following a flawless 63, 61 win over Janko Tipsarevic yesterday in his first match at the ATP Finals, Federer admitted that he has his share of shortcomings.
“I can’t cook,” he joked. “There’s many things I can’t do. I wish I could do. I can’t skate. I would love to do that. There’s still many things for me to look forward to hopefully one day that I can either improve or learn from scratch, yeah. So, yeah, I’m far from perfect.”
In addition to his win over the Serb, Federer was proud to be named ATP’s Fan Favorite for a 10th time.
“Ever since I won Wimbledon in 2003, I guess. I’m very, very honored, really, and very proud in some ways to be so well‑liked by so many fans around the world, just not in one particular place or one country,” Federer said. “It really seems to be everywhere I go I get a lot of fan support. So for me that’s a big thrill, probably one of the reasons also I’m still playing today. No doubt about it, they are inspiring me and motivating me to show up every day in practice, in the match courts, and give my best, because I do feel I have big support and I do feel I need to reward them for their support.
“Yeah, 10 is an amazing number. I can’t believe it’s been that long. All I can say is thank you in a big way, and everybody knows that.”
Federer received 57% of all votes cast online by fans on ATPWorldTour.com. His fellow players also named him for the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship award.
Federer, who has won 11 straight matches at the Finals, will play David Ferrer on Thursday. He’s a perfect 13-0 against the Spaniard.
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