Quotable Quotes: When is he going to retire, again?


Soundbites from the Wimbledon final, as I struggle to get through a Monday morning here in Australia on 4 hours of sleep. But you know what? The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and life looks extra rosy on a day like this.

On the other side of the world, however, I suspect la vie n’est pas rose for one Andy Murray, whose voice quivered under the crushing weight of emotion yesterday. But they say time is the best cure for a broken heart, and by the time Murray got into his post-match press conference, he had acquired a firmer grasp on perspectives.

Q.  After all that’s happened this fortnight, how much closer do you feel to achieving your ultimate goal?

ANDY MURRAY:  I don’t know.  You know, it’s tough to kind of assess after you’ve just come off the court.

I’d say that’s the best I’ve played in a slam final.  You know, I created chances.  Obviously went up a set.  You know, it was a long match.  You know, even the last two sets, I still had chances the game where I got broken in the third set.  It was a very, very long game.  I had a lot of game points.

It wasn’t like I gave away bad games or stupid games and stuff.  I played a good match.  I made pretty good decisions for the most part, so I’m happy with that.

I felt more comfortable this morning and before the match than I had done maybe in the previous slams.

It was a successful 2 weeks for Murray on the PR front, as we all saw a more human, endearing side to a man who – more often than not – presents as moapy, miserable, and given up in defeat.

The Daily Mail, not typically known for ‘quality journalism’, nailed it in their piece on the match, somewhat hilariously titled “Andy Murray lost to a Master of the Universe“. Umm … I’ll settle for just the Greatest of All Time.

“He did not lose because he choked. He did not lose because he moaned. He did not surrender to injury, or mislay his focus under the incredible weight of history bearing down.”

Source: Daily Mail

No. Murray lost because on this particular day, in this particular match, Federer was simply better, more experienced, and much more focused than I’ve seen him in a long time. But Murray’s slam frustrations haven’t left Federer unmoved.

Q.  Clearly very emotional for him.  You must have felt for him.

ROGER FEDERER:  For Andy?

Q.  Yes.

ROGER FEDERER:  Yes.  I mean, are you kidding me?

I told him it’s supposed to be easier, this part, than playing the match.  It’s hard.  I mean, I’ve been there, as well.  I think he’s done so, so well, to be quite honest.  Because I see him every day.  I see him, what he goes through on a daily basis on tour.

At Wimbledon I think he handle is it so perfectly, to be quite honest.  I think he’s giving himself so many looks at big titles.  Grand Slams I think is what you guys are focusing on the most.  I really do believe deep down in me he will win Grand Slams, not just one. I do wish him all the best.  This is genuine.  He works extremely hard.  He’s as professional as you can be.

Things just didn’t quite turn out for him in the finals that he hoped for.  But today I’m sure he got another step closer to a Grand Slam title for him.  I really do believe and hope for him that he’s going to win one soon.

The media, rather predictably, is full of praises and admiration for Federer today. Look at this man, they say, 17 grand slams and back at No 1, they say. How incredible! How resilient! What a champion! They say.

And yet, it was them who proclaimed Federer to be done, tirelessly and repetitively over the past 2 years. It was them who made Federer’s age the determinative reason why he would never win another slam or get back to No 1. It was them who counted him out, called for him to retire after every slam defeat, and every shock loss (Isner at Davis Cup anyone? What an inconsequential result in hindsight). They put him on a pedestal, then they knock him down. Roger understands this better than anyone.

Q.  How hard was it to listen to the same questions done in different ways about will you win a Grand Slam again?

ROGER FEDERER:  Well, it didn’t happen the day after I won Australia.  Right then things were great.  Like they will be tomorrow.  Then the day after they are going to go, ‘When is he going to retire, again?’

God bless him. This Federer guy.

xx doots

P.S. Wimbledon wrap up later. I feel as inspired as the Fed today.

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10 responses to “Quotable Quotes: When is he going to retire, again?”

  1. Marco Iacoboni says :

    It’s probably the best I have seen Fed playing in a very long time. He moves as well as he ever did, he hits confidently, his shot selection is (almost) perfect (nobody gets it perfectly). It really shows is mostly in the mind, this tennis game. He wanted this. I think it also helped him (his mind) that Rafa went out early. But even with Rafa, last time they played (Indian Wells, right?) he was very confident and aggressive.

    I think the key issue is that he’s having fun out there. Every match is a problem that he needs to solve, and he evidently enjoys this problem solving process. He’s in a flow state, when he plays. Flow is the best human condition. Why should he retire, if the game makes it possible for him to be in flow state?

    Flowerer :)

  2. Mia (@RFeddypoo) says :

    Encapsulated what a Fed fan has been wanting to say for the past, oh, two and a half years. Will take the Master of the Universe (MOTU) blurb by the Mail. :P Goethe did say “at the moment of commitment, the universe conspires to assist you.’

    May you always be inspired.

  3. Tru says :

    Thank You!

    I won’t believe it until I wake up tomorrow. This may still be all a pre-final dream I’m having.

    So maddening the tennis media spends so mugs time undermining a perennial top three player. (Honestly, if the top 2/3 player needs to retire, we may as well fold up the tent in the whole sport. In which other sport is this atmosphere even credible?)

    Unfortunately, Sampras succumbed to the doubts implanted by the media. Thankfully, he had his moment at the USO and went out in grand fashion.

    Raj has a lot more tennis in them there legs, I privileged to see a genius at work.

  4. PJ says :

    Oh man I will FOREVER remember a certain journo going “This is the beginning of the end” when Federer lost to Isner on wonky Swiss clay.

    Seriously this is sho sho sho sho shweeeettttt.

  5. agnesdominique says :

    As one site aptly put it, THIRTY IS THE NEW SEVENTEEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Drunkona Fedrinkas says :

    Thank God for Roger Federer!

  7. steve says :

    Federer has perspective, something which the media lacks.

    Now that he has won everyone is talking about how he can win a jillion majors.

    Just last month it was all about would Nadal do the Channel Slam for the third time and break Federer’s record in another couple years.

    And in February it was all about could Djokovic sweep the majors again this year.

    It’s all talk, of course, until rubber hits road and the matches are played. Federer understands this and, after some time with his family, he will get right back to work to prepare for the Olympics and then the summer hard-court season.

    The media is short-term. They need to manufacture stories to advance their bottom line. Accuracy doesn’t sell, hype and sensationalism sell. This is why we hear that Federer and Djokovic and Nadal all hate each other’s guts, based on some quote taken completely out of context.

    This is why we have the “GOAT” business–Federer was the “GOAT” and then Nadal was the “new GOAT” and Djokovic the “new new GOAT” and if Murray wins a major he will be the “new new new GOAT” and so on ad infinitum until the whole business becomes completely ridiculous.

    It’s why Federer doesn’t take them too seriously, because he knows they don’t have anything to say that’s of use to him.

    This Wimbledon final was the rare occasion that transcended the hype. Murray didn’t buckle like everyone predicted he would, he played great and fought until the last point.

    And Federer, well, superlatives fail. At nearly 31 he’s playing better than he was at 25. I don’t think we have ever seen the kind of tennis he came up with today, from anyone.

    To take down the defending champ and world #1 and then produce an even higher level in the final would be great at any age but for a thirty-year-old veteran, it’s simply incredible.

  8. oracle86 says :

    Dunno if you guys have read this pre-Wimbledon interview, but Federer has said that he intends to play for the next four years.

    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-06-24/interviews/32394059_1_roger-federer-nalbandian-wimbledon

  9. freudoe says :

    what to add. we watched the end of set two and set three again last night, thrilled to watch without the tension. It was such a good match, Andy played so well. Roger was just too good yesterday. He found a way again.I really hope the British press will support Andy now, I think they did start to love him as one of them even though they were disappointed. Time to make breakfast, read articles, everyone have a great day!!!

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