Roger Federer Presser: “He Beat Me Fair And Square Tonight. No Regrets From Me”
by Tom Gainey | January 25th, 2013, 9:06 am
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Roger Federer with leave the Australian Open for the third straight year without a title. The 4-time champion lost a tough 5-set match to Andy Murray earlier today in the semifinals. Federer had never lost to Murray in three previous matches in Grand Slams, but tonight the 25-year-old from Scotland was just the better player from start to finish.

Federer has now gone three years without winning a hardcourt Grand Slam. And he’s lost to Murray the last two times in best-of-5 matches and he drops to 9-11 in their series.

Federer was also playing his second straight 5-set match for the first time in his career tonight after going the distance with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a round earlier.

Here’s what Federer said in the post-match presser:

Q. Did you feel it pull away from you in the first couple games of the fifth set? Was that the turning point?
ROGER FEDERER: In a three and a half hour match, I don’t know if it’s the beginning of the fifth that was key, you know.
I think overall he probably created more chances than I did. I had difficulties finding you know, getting into his service games time and time again like I, you know, usually do against him.
I think he started off serving well, and then, I mean, fifth set, obviously he did well. I think he played a bit more aggressive because he did create more opportunities over and over again.
I think he was able to dig out of the first game I think it was a 30 All game and then break me the other way around, which was obviously not the start I was hoping for because I was feeling good, obviously, after winning the fourth.

Q. You spoke earlier in the week about the good manners that exist between the players. There definitely seemed to be a bit of feeling between the two of you after 6 5 in the fourth. Can you talk about that. Was there an exchange between you?
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, it wasn’t a big deal anyway. We just looked at each other one time. That’s okay, I think, in a three and a half hour match. We were just checking each other out for bit.
No, I mean, that wasn’t a big deal for me. I hope not for him.

Q. Does it feel like one that got away or one that you were always chasing?
ROGER FEDERER: Obviously I was down in the score basically from the start. Definitely it was more of a chase, you know. I was able to level it a couple of times.
Yeah, I don’t know. Look, I think it was a tough match. I think I had my chances a little bit. Obviously you’re going to go through a five setter with some regrets, you know.
But overall, like I mentioned, I think Andy was a bit better than I was tonight. I had to find my range a little bit early on, and then, you know, adjust my game style as well, the way I was playing.
So he did a good job, you know, of getting me there. But, you know, I was hoping to do a bit better, but overall obviously I’m pretty pleased with the tournament. I played good tennis. I’m moving well and was fit in the ten sets I played, the last two matches.
I’m upbeat about the tournament, but obviously it’s disappointing, you know, going out in five. You know, it’s not the first time it’s happened here.

Q. Where does this leave you? Every generation goes to new levels. You have Andy and Novak at 25 hitting the ball harder. Where does this leave you now?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, nothing has changed. I’ve played these guys, what, 60 times, the three guys around me in the rankings. So we know each other really well. We play each other very close very often. Keep on trading wins and losses.
Novak has done probably the best job getting more wins than losses. That’s why he’s ranked where he is. I, you know, enjoy the matches with Rafa, Novak, and also Andy again tonight. It’s nice playing five sets against him. It was tough tennis. I enjoy that.
So I go from here with a good feeling for the year. I didn’t play a tournament leading in, so now obviously I know where my level is at. Also knowing I have even more time to work on my game, work on my fitness this year. It’s something I’m excited about.

Q. Where do you think Andy’s placed now in terms of Sunday night?
ROGER FEDERER: Obviously Novak goes in as the favorite, I would think, even though Andy beat him at the US Open.
But, I mean, maybe a day extra is going to make a difference. But it’s not back to back. He has a day. He’s had an easy run until the semis, until tonight. Maybe it’s something that Andy needed going into the finals.
But obviously Novak is the double defending champion here. I think so at least. He’s done really well again this tournament, digging himself out of the hole against Stan, coming and playing good tennis against Berdych and Ferrer.
So obviously a tough match again, and give a slight edge to Novak just because of the last couple of days.

Q. Do you think Andy has learned to deal with the setbacks when they come his way?
ROGER FEDERER: Maybe, you know. I think he’s always played me pretty well over the years. He’s obviously got a winning record against me. I mean, the matchup’s maybe a good one for him, I’m not sure. I don’t mind playing against him.
But it’s normal that with time and with age you learn, you become more experienced, become physically, you know, better.
Then obviously he’s put himself in that situation time and time again, you know. So obviously with the win I think at the Olympics and the US Open, maybe there’s just a little bit more belief or he’s a bit more calm overall.
You want to be excited, but you don’t want to go overly crazy, you know, each and every point. So it seems like he has more peace when he plays out there, and in the process he has better results, I guess.

Q. Would you say tonight was your level being a little bit down or was it Andy’s level being further up compared to other matches you played with him?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, it depends which ones you looked at. The one at the Olympic Games, this one was better. If you look at the ones I’ve beaten him, this one was lower. It really depends what you compare it against.
Like I mentioned, I think it was an open match for both players. We both played pretty good. I think we both at times could have played a little bit better.
Obviously it was a game of chess out there at times as well. You do neutralize each other a lot on these courts as well when you do hit it deep and hard. It’s hard to take a deep cut at the ball. So I thought it was a good match.

Q. How much did the match against Tsonga take out of you? How were you feeling coming in?
ROGER FEDERER: Uhm, a little bit, you know. But it’s not an excuse for me tonight to say that I lost because of that.
But obviously I wish I could have come in like Andy, as well. Then again, you know, he beat me fair and square tonight. No regrets from me.


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60 Comments for Roger Federer Presser: “He Beat Me Fair And Square Tonight. No Regrets From Me”

Michael Says:

Roger is quit candid in admitting that he was outplayed today. It was just not his day and the silver lining for him is that despite his sub par performance he still extended Andy to five sets. That should give him much confidence going ahead.


the DA Says:

Classy interview from Federer. Hats off!


Humble Rafa Says:

Classy at the net at 6-5 4th set.


jamie Says:

Have you noticed Federer’s trend at the slams since he entered serious decline in 2010?

2010 AO final WINS
2011 FO final LOSES
2012 Wimbledon final WINS
2013 USO final LOSES?

And it’s even in the order of when the slams are played.


skeezer Says:

“Also knowing I have even more time to work on my game, work on my fitness this year. It’s something I’m excited about”

Good to hear. Was dissapointed in his 5th set performance, and his movement was lacking. To claw back into the match , then played a little lackluster imo. Of course Andy had a part in that ;).But a good start of the season nonethless!


Alok Says:

If Fed had a draw similar to the other 2, I’m sure he’d have more left in the tank in this match. Just imagine Fed playing Chardy in QFS and Ferrer in the SFs. he would definitely be in the final.


MMT Says:

HumbleRafa – despite your predilections, I have to agree with you. Roger was all wrong to shout and curse at Murray that way – hat back on for that one.


Ben Pronin Says:

Man, MMT, you just don’t want anyone to show how they feel. God forbid it’s negative.


MMT Says:

Come on, Ben! I addressed this an another thread – on the point in question Federer popped off at Murray because he hesitated ever so slightly on a ball he thought would be called out, but they’re not calling their own lines, so whether Murray stopped is not Federer’s concern – he should assume his shots are good until he hears a call out, and not react to Murray’s reaction. And certainly not shout a curse at him!

If he was just angry with himself or angry with Murray for something that he did that was wrong or unfair in anyway that’d be a different story, but in this particular case, he’s got no right!


Ben Pronin Says:

He can do whatever he wants. MMT have you ever played any sports? If the ATP wants to fine him for it then by all means. But sometimes you just gotta let it out, even if he yells at his opponent. Considering how often Murray now goes at his opponent when they’re at the net, particularly Federer (I guess because he comes to net more than other guys). This, a trademark of Lendl who did this mainly to piss his opponent off. Murray does this to piss his opponent off, especially since we know how well he can pass. So Federer cursed at him? Big deal. Oh wait, they both said it’s not. Because it isn’t.


skeezer Says:

MMT,

Wow your hard on Fed. Really? Like Andy doesn’t act inappropriately on court in the past? Sorry dude, if you look over Feds 1000+ match career and match it up against any other pro on tour you’ll find he is, and has been the conssumate pro of modelistic behavior. When a guy, any guy on court is fighting for the match, in the heat of battle, sh!t happens. How do you gauge if was a distraction? If the other player brings it up after. If it was so alll bad Murray would have said so! Give it a rest. This was to you the biggest talking point of the match? Its not like Fed during the walkover purposely bumped into him with his shoulder.


Ben Pronin Says:

“Its not like Fed during the walkover purposely bumped into him with his shoulder.”

Man that would’ve been even more awesome. Just get into a shoving match, forget the tennis!


skeezer Says:

^Fed would have bumped into him, and flew backwards on his @ss. No contest.


Ben Pronin Says:

True story, Murray is a beast.


trufan Says:

One of these slams the old man will get a good draw, the top players will drop out of his way by losing early, and he will get his last slam.

Oh wait, is that Sampras I am talking about in USO 2002?

Fed needs that luck now. Except perhaps at Wimbledon. He is done winning hard court slams (without serious luck), and clay seems a long shot. On grass he still moves like nobody else, which neutralizes the speed advantage of the younger guys like Djoke and Murray.

Fed should seriously cut down on his outdoor hard court schedule (as he wisely did a bit this year), try and find some more grass tournaments, and extend his career by playing mostly from summer to Fall, mostly on grass, maybe a bit of clay, a bit of US hard courts, and indoors. Perhaps he should just skip the AUS open next year onwards and train better for the rest of the season.

I really think Nadal was finally smart not going to the AUS open.


Steve 27 Says:

True trufan, but what do you prefer? a last meeting between Rafa and Roger on the All England o inedit meeting in New York?


madmax Says:

MMT Says:
Come on, Ben! I addressed this an another thread – on the point in question Federer popped off at Murray because he hesitated ever so slightly on a ball he thought would be called out, but they’re not calling their own lines, so whether Murray stopped is not Federer’s concern – he should assume his shots are good until he hears a call out, and not react to Murray’s reaction. And certainly not shout a curse at him!

If he was just angry with himself or angry with Murray for something that he did that was wrong or unfair in anyway that’d be a different story, but in this particular case, he’s got no right!

Shut up MMT. Comment on the tennis, if you want to talk about behaviour, then sorry, Murray is no angel, and you know it.

He outplayed Fed in the fifth set, no one is arguing that. otherwise, it was a battle of wills for set 2 and 4, congratulations to Murray, as Fed said, no regrets, he was the better player today.


Ben Pronin Says:

It’s funny, trufan. Like I mentioned earlier, Federer is incredibly accomplished at the Australian Open. So accomplished that he could, in fact, skip the event from now until he retires and it won’t hurt his legacy at all (although he misses a chance to better it if only slightly). But today (or yesterday) he showed that he really, really wants it. And it’s that simple. As long as he wants it he’ll keep showing up. And if next year or in 2 years he does get a lucky draw he might even win the whole thing again. So maybe it would be smart to skip, but I very much doubt he will. He wants it.


Giles Says:

Fed wants everything not just AO! #TooHungry


van orten Says:

roger lionheart haha he really gave his all!

not that murray is the overall better player from now on because their head to heads is way to balanced.it is 3:3 last 6 meetings. today murray was the better percentage player. and outscored him.
i believe the ones rooting for fed ,at least the ones who followed his big matches over the last 6-8 years, saw how fed fought and kept fighting till the very end.
and were like him kinda spent! but happy that again he had won a hell of a tie break! this was what we all wanted to see.
the 5th was just too much this time !

it is almost the only way to knock federer out! that is so amazing! everyone knows fed is the toughest to beat in majors !!!!!!!!


van orten Says:

exhausted and spent after the 4th set tie break ! it was just vintage maestro! the whole stadium went crazy!!!


van orten Says:

@trufan

really like your point with grass court stuff. he should play clay too though he moves still great and is easily top 3 still on clay . lets not kid ourselves about that! never played murray on clay and he is 12:0 with ferrer so case closed till murray makes a statement on clay


Anna Says:

Roger’s draw in this tournament was the most unluckiest for him. As for Novak and Murray, well they couldn’d have had it better! I would like to see them play 10 sets in just 24 hours. Yes, its all very well when luck is on your side, and you are well and rested before the big one.


jane Says:

“10 sets in just 24 hours” – who did this? Not Fed. He played Wed night, had Thursday night off, and then played Friday night, so 48 hours. In which case, many players have played back-to-back 5 setters. Last year Nole played Andy for 5 hours, rested, and then played Rafa for 6 hours, i.e., back-to-back 5 setters. Fed did well and fought hard, but just noting that it wasn’t 24 hrs and others have done it too.


skeezer Says:

Does anyone know how the ranking point spread will be between Andy vs Fed now?


grendel Says:

“Last year Nole played Andy for 5 hours, rested, and then played Rafa for 6 hours, i.e., back-to-back 5 setters”

Yes, but Nole was not 31.


jane Says:

True, but Anna said it was 24 hours AND that she’d like to see the other 2 do it. I was just responding to that. I already said elsewhere that Fed fought hard and well. No disrespect meant in my post.


jane Says:

skeezer, here’s one take on the points:

Djokovic – 12120 / 12920 (if he wins)
Federer – 10265
Murray – 8480 / 9280 (if he wins)

So there’ll be about a 1000 point gap. Andy lost round 1 at IW last year so he can add points there.


Huh Says:

i hope the extra rest is of no use to djoker n muzz wins it in his typical breathtakin shaky n heart-attack givin style in 5 sets. ;)


mat4 Says:

@Skeez:

Sorry. Once again, I jinxed it.

What happened at the net? I had to leave and didn’t watch the end of the fourth set and the fifth.


grendel Says:

You are right to correct Anna on point of fact. Even so, there is the whiff of the letter of the law rather than the spirit. For it is certainly the case that age is a big factor here. That’s not to make an excuse – Federer chooses to continue at this high level and he has to deal with whatever is thrown at him like anybody else. Inevitably, though, we are kind of fascinated by how much his body can handle. Personally, until the 5th set, I had no idea he was labouring.

Of course you meant no disrespect – I just think you kind of missed Anna’s point, even if she made it perhaps a bit clumsily.


jane Says:

Well thanks for correcting me. I guess it came out wrong.


grendel Says:

Now you’re making me feel bad – I preferred you in your combative mode, jane, I could feel righteous then!


Brando Says:

Novak can ONLY lose points here not gain. He’s defending 2,000 points here, and that is the maximum available in a slam! Muzza, on the other hand, has already gained 480 points with the oppurtunity to gain another 800 points! GO MUZZA!


jane Says:

No no grendel, don’t at all! I just wasn’t being combative about this issue, so it’s fine if you point out the tone was off. I didn’t mean it to be is all. Sometimes it sucks trying to convey tone effectively on here. I think that’s why I use smilies too much. And I’ve given up most combating. Just prefer to fight real battles, ones more close to my own life. Hope all is well; nice to read your erudite analysis and see ya posting again.


mat4 Says:

@Grendel:

About your comment in the other thread.

I had to leave when Federer was leading 4-1 in the fourth set. Until that moment, Murray served well, and it gave him enough free points to free his game, to make him take more risk, be more confident, and his was clearly the better player. Without serve, Roger had to rally a lot, a he often just couldn’t hit through Andy’s defence. Then, his usual game of playing IO FHs from the BH side clearly gave nothing.

It was a one way road, and I was most surprised, watching the match, that the result could be 2-2 after four sets. But then… Fed was always under pressure when serving, and Murray broke back, broke once again, and served for the match, got broken back, and lost the second TB.

In terms of mental fortitude, of confidence, I think Lendl brought nothing. A men who has lost 11 GS finals? Nothing. He just bid his time: if I was Andy’s coach, he would also have won a GS. I also doubt that players, men, just can change that part of their personality. Murray will always be tense when the going get tough. That’s how he is.

But he is good enough to win despite such problems. Had Andy stick with one of his previous coaches — he improved very much working with McLagan, that’s the reason I mentioned him — he would have probably won his first GS, perhaps earlier, because he would have improved faster.

The only thing Lendl has is that he can’t be fired. He has enough money, and doesn’t depend on this job.


Possum Says:

The last two matches showed that Fed is in serious decline. He was bullied all over the court by first Tsonga and then Murray. Fed has lost considerable pop on his serve and ground strokes. His service is not as penetrating as it was even compared to last season. He served less than 10 aces v Tsonga and same against Murray – so got very few free points on serve. Murray was returning every serve, often with interest.


the DA Says:

^hehe

”In terms of mental fortitude, of confidence, I think Lendl brought nothing”

A Wimbledon final, Olympic Gold and US Open titles and now another AO final – as well as finally defeating Nole and Roger at slams for the first time – seems to prove otherwise.

”A men who has lost 11 GS finals?”

And who won 8, not to mention 94 titles overall. You’ve said you hate Ivan previously and I think it’s that which is seriously affecting your ability to think rationally on this.

”he improved very much working with McLagan, that’s the reason I mentioned him — he would have probably won his first GS”

Complete conjecture. He reached 2 finals under Miles and wasn’t able to cross the line. Maclagan has said he tried to get Andy to be more aggressive but couldn’t persuade him (the article can be still found online). Ivan has succeeded in making Andy change his game because he respected somebody who had been through the same circumstances! Therein lies the difference.

As always, a rather ‘unique’ view of things.


mat4 Says:

In the meantime, three, four years of maturing have passed. Before McLagan, he was eliminate in the first round of the AO, bagelled by Djokovic in Rome, and, if I remember well, was ranked 7. That man made of him a MS winner and a slam finalist. It was just a question of time. Vajda also needed time with Novak, Federer also needed time to mature.

And the 11 GS finals lost… it is an all time record.

Anyway, I don’t need to lose time with you. And I won’t.


mat4 Says:

About Murray, and it is really my last post about him:

His game, since he has improved his FH, is more like Nadal’s. He is able to finish the point with his FH, like Nadal is, the moment he has the opportunity. He doesn’t have to rely on the opponent’s mistakes any more, nor on rushing to the net. He makes also good use of this FH after the serve.

But I really don’t think Lendl is the one that made him realize he should improve his FH. Even HR, on this site, calls him “lady forehand”. That’s something every good coach could see from a mile.

And his results since he works with Lendl – there is no real lap: he was in finals before, he could have won before. But in 2008, 2010 he was 21, 22, playing against an exceptional player, and in 2011 Djokovic started an exceptional season.

Sometimes you need luck. Djokovic had it in 2008. Murray had his share in 2011. They were both good enough to win before, it just wasn’t the time or the place.

And when you mature in the era of two of the most dominant players ever, it is tough. On the other side, that’s what make both Murray and Djokovic improve that much and play that well, just like their rise made Federer improve his game too.

What has Lendl brough? In my opinion, I repeat, nothing. Murray called him. It was already a sign of maturing: he understood that he had to change something, and that he needed a coach. Roger Rasheed made Tsonga loose 8 pounds in a few months, what Eric Winogradsky couldn’t. Eric insisted on working of Tsonga’s weak backhand, and got fired. Rasheed insists on working on the backhand, and Jo listens to him. Vajda tried to changed Novak habits for years before he succeeded.

I believe that in all three cases, the player has matured. It is not the coach, but the player.


skeezer Says:

Ok, fans getting over zealous that Fed is out.

“His game, since he has improved his FH, is more like Nadal’s”

That’s just wrong. No way, no how, not even close.


the DA Says:

@ mat4 – hey, it’s just a blog where we comes to discuss tennis. Sometimes there are going to be disagreements. That’s what forums are for.

”He makes also good use of this FH after the serve.”

That’s about the only thing in your post that’s correct. As for the rest I find it deeply unpersuasive.

The fact remains. I’ve been following Andy closely since 2007 and know his game inside out. The player of today is incomparable to even 2011 and I can see tangible improvements in several areas since Lendl came onboard. I could list them in detail but what’s the point? You clearly have an Idée fixe about Andy and Lendl that no amount of discussion will alter. Thats fine but I can’t help responding to posts I disagree with.

”About Murray, and it is really my last post about him:”

I seriously doubt that. ;)

@ skeezer – ”That’s just wrong. No way, no how, not even close.”

Tell me about it. If ONLY his FH were like Nadal’s!


the DA Says:

@mat4

Oh, and one last thing. Almost every tennis commentator I’ve listened to as well as several retired great tennis players such as McEnore, Wilander, Navratilova, Courier, Borg, etc have been quoted as saying they can directly see the effect that Lendl has had on Andy’s game. Maybe you should write to them and tell them they’re completely wrong.


Margot Says:

@ the DA
I agree with you about Lendl’s influence on Andy. It is astonishing. LOL I’m beginning to fall in love….
Do you remember that match at Queens against Fish a few years. There was a huge disagreement in the evening about finishing the match. It was stopped but when they resumed NEXT DAY, Andy was STILL angry and, of course, lost.
That’s my benchmark.
Yesterday Andy was still grumpy and fidgety during the match at times, guess he’ll always be like that, but nothing carried over to the next point, leave alone the next day.
So funny, when he spoke to the umpire and the umpire got on the phone, I thought “Oh no, Trainer” but in fact he was summoning bananas :)
I also admire tremendously Andy’s courage in hiring Lendl in the first place. In the full glare of an unforgiving press, he announced to the world he was ready and willing to learn again. Magic.


the DA Says:

@ margot – yep, those days are seemingly over. In yesterday’s match the old Andy would’ve let losing the 2nd and 4th sets eat away at him and his level would’ve dropped dramatically. No such thing anymore. He’ll need it tomorrow that’s for sure: I expect lots of ups and downs judging by the matches these two go typically go through.

BTW, a bit of fun. Darren Cahill made a bet with Judy last year that if Andy reached the final he’d have to wear a kilt. He lived up to his promise today and showed up in the studio wearing a kilt that Judy brought him:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BBhO4jWCQAE991j.jpg

hehe


Huh Says:

yes, lendl did hav a positiv effect on murray. the most prominent being: teachin him to make use of his FH as an aggressiv shot, serv well as he can, be aggressiv overall n end points quickly n most importantly keep that calm n focus n concentration during tough situations in big matches n cut down on his negativities like swearin, bangin racquet to his head etc etc.


Huh Says:

completely agree with u mrs margot, andy has courage! :D


Huh Says:

LOL at cahlil, was realy funny, hehehe! :p


MMT Says:

Ben – Of course any player can do whatever they want, that is not the point. If a player behaves badly, then I call him out on it, no matter who it is, because I don’t believe in double standards. Not even for Federer. And it wasn’t the only talking point from the match, I was simply agreeing with Humblerafa’s point. Finally, Murray hitting at his opponent is no different than a lob of a passing shot – it is a legal, legitimate play done to win a point and make a player hesitate at the net. It’s legal, fair and totally different than cursing out your opponent because YOU screwed up. Finally, yes I did play sports – among many, I’ve been playing tennis since I was 4 years old, and I have NEVER shouted a curse at an opponent…ever.

Skeezer – it is irrelevant whether it was a distraction to Federer, it is not a hindrance by the rules, and it is not Murray’s responsibility to NOT distract Federer. BOTH players thought the ball was out, and both players should continue playing until a call is made. And even if it WERE a distraction, it STILL wouldn’t excuse an audible obscenity from Federer directed at Murray. Federer is fair, but he is not perfect – relax.

Finally, Madmax – thanks for that intelligent analysis of the situation and my comments. I always appreciate good back and forth.


steve-o Says:

Even with Federer’s B game, he still came through a very tough draw and went five sets with Murray, who is six years his junior and at the peak of his powers. It’s a good result, even if he didn’t win the tournament.

Djokovic would have won in straights (he would have simply overpowered Federer the whole time), Nadal in four (he wouldn’t have been affected mentally the way Murray was after being broken while serving for the match).

It was really reminiscent of the matches they played in late ’08-early ’09–Federer has patches of good play, but cannot consistently find his way past the Murray defense, and eventually burns himself out trying to hit through the human backboard and fades in the final set.

Murray has now become on par with Nadal and Djokovic in going through these long, grinding physical matches with a lot of running. That in turn increases one’s mental confidence.

Murray’s improvements have greatly been in the power department. He hits harder: his forehand has not only more pace, but more spin so that it doesn’t go out as easily. In that sense, his game has indeed come closer to Nadal’s.

Certainly, Murray served well but if one attacks his second serve consistently, it still breaks down–and I’m sure Djokovic will do exactly that in the final.

Anyhow, I think Federer’s game is in pretty good shape, even if it’s not at its peak at the moment. It’ll be a good year for him. Go Roger!


sheila Says:

murray played outstanding & i’ve always felt he has a big game w/more variety than djokovic or nadal. congrats to federer for getting to semis w/the draw he had. however, 2me, the true test for murray, imo, is seeing him win nadal in a major & winning djokovic more consistently in majors. if he accomplishes this, he will be #1 by the end of year.


nadalista Says:

@PseudoFed at his funniest best, superb!

http://pseudofedblog.com/2013/01/26/what-i-really-said-to-andrew-murray/

Choice quote:

“Me: Is it true what that Rafaello Nadal is coming back this year? He spent more time away from tennis than Azarenka does when she takes a time-out.

Andrew: Yes he’s coming back. That’ll be You out of the top 3 before long then.”


jane Says:

^ I wonder who PseudoFed is?!


skeezer Says:

^nadalista ;)


Nadalista Says:

@skeezer, that’s a huge promotion you’ve given me there! Afraid am not that clever or funny………


Huh Says:

@nadalista

wow, that pseudofedblog is so funny, i laughed so much n loved it actualy, hahaha. thanx for the link! :p


Huh Says:

nadalista

whats MOAT champagne btw? any idea? ;)


Huh Says:

pseudofed blog is just awesom!


madmax Says:

When it’s all said and done, Andre Agassi believes tennis superstar Roger Federer must be ranked alongside the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Michael Jordan as one of the greatest athletes of all time.

As with every rare Federer defeat, the doubters have been quick to relegate the Swiss master to yesterday’s hero following his five-set Australian Open semi-final loss to Andy Murray.

But just as Murray and world No.1 Novak Djokovic were preparing to meet in a second straight grand slam final, Federer was plotting another successful season, unfazed by those declaring a changing of the guard in men’s tennis.

“Nothing has changed,” the 17-times grand slam champion and world No.2 said before leaving Australia.

“I’ve played these guys, what, 60 times? The three guys around me in the rankings.

“So we know each other really well. We play each other very close very often. Keep on trading wins and losses.

“Novak has done probably the best job getting more wins than losses. That’s why he’s ranked where he is.

“I enjoy the matches with Rafa (Nadal), Novak, and also Andy again (on Friday night). It’s nice playing five sets against him. It was tough tennis. I enjoy that.

“So I go from here with a good feeling for the year. I didn’t play a tournament leading in, so now obviously I know where my level is at.

“Also knowing I have even more time to work on my game, work on my fitness this year, it’s something I’m excited about.”

But regardless what the future holds for Federer, Agassi says the 31-year-old’s legacy as a sporting immortal is secure.

Himself a four-times Australian Open champion like Federer, Agassi said the brilliant Swiss belongs in the conversation with Nicklaus, Jordan and company as one of sport’s greatest ever.

“I’m biased in a sense that I think that tennis is one of the most comprehensive sports when it comes to endurance, when it comes to athleticism, when it comes to speed, when it comes to eye-hand,” Agassi told AAP.

“It engages every part of what an athlete needs to be and I think the standard of athlete in tennis is finally now starting to make that recognised by people in other sports.

“So I am biased with what I think tennis brings to the table and I think what Roger’s done in tennis is as commendable as what we’ve seen with Nicklaus in golf, or what we’ve seen with Jordan in basketball.

“The guy has single-handedly separated himself from a world-class field year after year after year in a way that’s probably never been done.”

Agassi, the sport’s oldest-ever world No.1, says he has long given up being surprised about anything Federer achieves and believes even at almost 32 he is at the top of his game.

Ad Feedback “I was ranked No.1 possibly even at 33,” Agassi said.

“When I was ranked No 1 at that age, I felt better than when I was 25. I felt like I was a better player.

“Given that, I would assume that Roger probably feels like a better player because he’s smarter.

“He’s dealing with tougher competition. He might not win like he used to. But he himself (now) would beat himself (from back then).

“That would be a fair assumption.”


Giles Says:

Huh. Moët champagne. You should follow the twitter account as well. Absolutely hilarious. This person is a genius and I wonder if it is a man or woman.

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