Following a thorough straight set win last night over Rendy Lu in the Australian Open first round, Roger Federer was asked of his impression of the famed David Foster Wallace article on Swiss that described watching Federer as a religious experience.
“Just a slight exaggeration,” Federer joked. “I’ve been through this entire phase where I got so many compliments, you just thought, Wow, this is the best feeling in the world. But very quickly you get the feeling as well that not everything’s so great sometimes when you don’t play very well. I’ve been on both sides. That’s why I have no problem accepting criticism, because I’ve gotten so many compliments over the years. It’s part of the game.
“But clearly some unbelievable pieces have been written about me, about tennis, about other players. It’s interesting to read them. Sometimes just slightly exaggerated, but everybody can judge that the way they want.”
The four-time champion is a perfect 5-0 this year. He’ll face Simone Bolelli on Wednesday.
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