RG Day 10: And Yeah, This Guy
Posted by gauloises1 on June 2, 2010
And now a word from (hopefully) the slightly saner part of my brain concerning Roger Federer. And the word is: ouch.
That ballkid’s face. Says it all.
Just so we’re keeping score, that pretty much ends Roger’s hopes of equalling Pete Sampras’ record for consecutive weeks at no. 1. It definitively (spoiler alert!) ends his hopes of defending his title here. Oh, and that little matter of twenty-three consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals; that number’s going to stay static now. When will someone ever – ever – have a record like that again? When my long-held plan of stealing Delpo’s sperm and conceiving a child that will be raised to be a ruthless tennistical assassin with no human emotions to get in the way finally comes to fruition, that’s when. But probably not before. And I really have to wait for the LTA to sort itself out first. Or move to Spain.
Anyway. I’m being flippant because it’s a tough, tough loss for Roger and his fans. But he’s still the GOAT, he’s set benchmarks in the sport that may never be equalled, and he’s got plenty of time to rest up for Wimbledon now. Ponder that. Also, he seems to have taken it pretty well.
Q. Two hours after the match, tell me something about the emotions. You must be very disappointed.
ROGER FEDERER: Well, disappointed to a certain degree. You know, I don’t think I played a bad match, so it’s easier to go out this way, I think.
Conditions obviously were on the rougher side for both of us, and I thought he came up with some great tennis.
You know, it’s a touch easier to digest this way. […]
Q. You have, of course, the great semifinal streak that is now broken. What does that mean to you? Obviously all good things come to an end at some point.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, like you say, they all come to an end at some stage. You hope they don’t happen, but they do.
No, I mean, it was a great run. Now I’ve got the quarterfinal streak going, I guess. (laughter.)
No, I mean, it’s been an amazing run. I think it sort of started here when I lost to Kuerten back in ’04, I guess it is. If then I could have signed for all those semis in a row, I would have done it right away.
I’ve made, how you say, incredible progress in terms of my play at the highest of level to be able to always come back and play semis after semis after semis in Slams and give myself chances to win in Slams. I was able to win many of them.
I was proud to have that streak, and it’s probably one of the greatest ones I have in my, you know, history books, really, for me. […]
Q. Once you got in the rallies, do you think the lower bounce because of the heavier conditions favored him over you?
ROGER FEDERER: Look, I don’t mind slow clay. When it gets rainy, it’s tough, you know. Not only for me, but for the opponent too, usually. It’s not a lot of fun for the fans either, and for us, the players, it’s hard, you know, because you never know when it’s gonna be interrupted.
You know, your mind starts wandering. It was tough conditions. I guess today they favored him, but I really felt like he played great. He was able to hit consistently through the ball, and on the offensive I put them close to the lines. That’s something, you know, that was impressive.
Q. As you look inside yourself, what is worse for you: having been beaten in quarterfinals and have no chance to win another Grand Slam title, or let the chance open to lose the No. 1?
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, you just take the defeat as it is. You don’t think of the consequences. I guess most disappointed I am that I can’t defend my title here. I really felt like my tennis was good enough to come here and do it again, but that was not the case today.
So it’s more the disappointment in having maybe not delivered my very best performance today, conditions and opponents didn’t allow me to.
And, yeah, then you move on. You know, you move on to the grass and forget a little bit.
And on we go.
(He also, incidentally, gets many brownie points for shouting out Delpo in his presser. And for turning up at an ITF function to present an award to Guga Kuerten, the last man to beat him before the semi-finals in a Slam. Well played.)