Roger Federer: Other Than The French Open, If I’m Playing Well The Match Is Still On My Racquet
by Tom Gainey | November 5th, 2013, 1:41 pm
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In an interview over the weekend with the BBC, Roger Federer said that despite his troubles this year, he still feels like when he’s playing well he’s in control of the outcome, the exception being clay which the Swiss admits belongs to rival Rafael Nadal.

“The French Open is always going to be hard as long as Rafa Nadal is around,” Federer told the BBC’s Russell Fuller. “But on the other surfaces, if I am playing well, it’s more in my racquet than in anybody else’s racquet.”

Federer also cited again the back issues which kept him from playing his best from Indian Wells through the US Open, but said he’s now healthy.

He went on to add that the aging process, he’s now 32, hasn’t been a factor in his decline or outlook.

“I disagree with it because last year I was world number one at some point, and I was 31,” he reminded. “So at 32 you can’t play tennis any more? I just don’t believe in that quick a turnaround.”

Federer opens his bid for a 7th ATP World Tour Finals with a Paris rematch against Novak Djokovic.

Here’s an additional video interview with Federer.


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27 Comments for Roger Federer: Other Than The French Open, If I’m Playing Well The Match Is Still On My Racquet

madmax Says:

You keep believing in yourself Roger! That’s the only way top athletes will continue to win, to believe they are the best! The moment you start believing anything less, you become lesser than who you are!


Steve 27 Says:

The new Jerry Seinfeld!


Slice Tennis Says:

“But on the other surfaces, if I am playing well, it’s more in my racquet than in anybody else’s racquet.”

LMAO
He has basically won just 1 out of last 11 non clay slams. I guess pseudo fed could very well be the real fed.


Slice Tennis Says:

He went on to add that the aging process, he’s now 32, hasn’t been a factor in his decline or outlook.

“I disagree with it because last year I was world number one at some point, and I was 31,” he reminded. “So at 32 you can’t play tennis any more? I just don’t believe in that quick a turnaround.”

Federer also indirectly agrees with the weak era claim.


hawkeye Says:

“If I’m playing well…”

By that he means “If I win” so by definition…

TMF can only be beaten if he’s not playing well (or if it’s on clay).

Hilarious!!!

Settle down Roger, settle down.


madmax Says:

hawkeye, if I didn’t know you better I would say you follow what Fed says more than rafa. A secret fan, no less?

Settle down now hawkeye, settle down, (but don’t bend down, just in case those knees start cracking eh?).


serve-voly Says:

I still belive in you fed. Work on voly :)


Patson Says:

Fed’s problem: the first game of the 3rd set in most of his 3 set matches that he loses. His serve gets broken and then he’s playing catch up. He’d be playing fantastic tennis but then plays an awful game.


Leo Says:

Patson – agree with you 100%. The early games of a 3rd set are like kryptonite for Rog.

The matches will always be on the racket of aggressive players. If they execute not much anyone can do. Of the top 4 Roger is the most aggressive.

Go Roger!


Polo Says:

Roger can still play very well and could beat anybody…for one set. That’s about it.


Bad Knee Rules Says:

Roger is in denial.


Perfect fan Says:

Rafa played great against ferrer….good to see him fighting hard for the YEN1. It will be only fitting if he gets it or else novak will take away the diamond from his crown this season.

Also nole is all business as usual….i cud see the fire in his eyes while on court….too determined and desperate to get his crown back from rafa. I wud say roger played good the match, hitting corner to corner….but nole jus kept the balls inside the box….what reflexes, UNBELIEVABLE!! And that took the heart away from roger….he never likes it when after hitting a almost perfect unreturnable shot, someone manages to jus put it back.

The delpo match is crucial now. Allez roger!!


Humble Rafa Says:

Roger can still play very well and could beat anybody…for one set.

How the mighty has fallen.


WTF Says:

Is this guy a very positive thinker, or just plain deluded? He has become an irrelevancy.

He has one title to his name in 2013, and it’s an ATP 250 where he faced no real competition. He has been losing to players below him, and his winning record against top 10 players this season has been bad.

“I disagree with it because last year I was world number one at some point, and I was 31,” he reminded. “So at 32 you can’t play tennis any more? I just don’t believe in that quick a turnaround.”

The fact is, it has been that quick a turnaround. He went from being #1 to winning only one title, and not one that matters.


I Love Tennis Says:

Federer achieved so much, won a lot in his career. Positve thinker or delusional, he has the right and the privelege to believe in himself.


James Says:

That’s his pride talking. He must be a little p!ssed with how everyone’s doubting his chances at the slams.

I don’t know if he will win another slam or not but you’ve gotta be a fool if you’re writing him off at 32.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

James agree i believe personally although his days of domination are done,its still possible for him to eek out another slam ,with a little luck,and its a testament to him that hes still ranked in the top eight at age 32,he still has many years left to play hes still reasonably fit,and hes still positive and still believes in himself,all good signs IMO.


Perfect fan Says:

Well….may be i’ll be laughed at on this but this is very possible and heartening prospect for fed & his fans….jus analyzed that if fed raises his game consistently in 2014 to even reach QF,SF or F without even winning a title, he will probably gain around 2500-3500 pts by end of 2014 and storm into top 4 or 3 maybe. :)

This is considering his poor show thru-out in 2013 and he has good chance to gain huge points in tourneys like Wimby, Montreal, USO & Shanghai nex year.

But I personally would like fed to win couple of masters & WTF maybe and i cud trade that for he goes out of top 10….and i wud be more than happy if he goes out of top 50 and wins a slam ;)

But anyways….I am really positive and confident abt roger giving his last best shot in 2014. Go Roger !!


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Perfect Fan i would,nt laugh at that post at all,hes Roger Federer so you have to believe anything is possible,hes not just your average player :))..


Perfect fan Says:

Thanx txhc for ur belief but I also hav something good to share with u….

I have this pretty strong feeling that I almost see it LIVE rite now that its gonna happen….that our dear muzza is gonna shake up the atp tour in ’14. I think its gonna be his first multi-slam year and I have a hunch that he’s gonna topple nole from his kingdom AO in Jan. I may b wrong but lets c…. :)


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Perfect Fan i love Muzza too hes my second favorite so i hope your right,Andy has been unlucky at the AO,so IMO hes due a break,im torn actually on that one as id love to see Rafa win the AO to have a career GS too.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

^Should,ve said win the AO to have a second career GS.^


hawkeye Says:

I Love Tennis Says:
Federer achieved so much, won a lot in his career. Positve thinker or delusional, he has the right and the privelege to believe in himself.

Well said.

Federer still produces amazing tennis that is a privilege and a joy to watch.

Had a chuckle at this retweet from Steve Tignor…

Rach ‏@_rachaelbolton 1h
Cackling at both of these photos, especially Fed’s “smile” on the top one then the captions on the bottom one pic.twitter.com/DwBC02rSDr
Retweeted by Steve Tignor

Even though he won, Nole showed little joy in his victory. He is very sensitive to lack of crowd support. (I thought it could be his downfall in the match.)


hawkeye Says:

BTW, Fedfan will never be “irrelevant” on or off the court.


Juanflorida Says:

Well said hawkeye


Skeezer Says:

“I Love Tennis Says:
Federer achieved so much, won a lot in his career. Positve thinker or delusional, he has the right and the privelege to believe in himself.

Well said.

Federer still produces amazing tennis that is a privilege and a joy to watch.”

Well said hawkeye, you have seen the light.
Allez Fed!


hawkeye Says:

@skeezer, I’ve always seen that light starting when Fedfan beat Sampras at Wimby.

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