Quotable Quotes: Oh Potato Nose, don’t ever change.
How do you know when a slam is coming up? When Fed and Toothface start paying each other backhanded compliments.
Yowzer. Murray v Federer: Love-Fifteen, in so many different ways.
Good ol’ Federpoop, always quick to point out that Muz has “almost won everything there is to win [on hard court] except …. let’s say US Open and the Masters”.
That’s right dude! Soften him up with what looks like a compliment, then deliver the blow, right at his teeth.
Q. What do you think of Andy Murray’s rise to No. 2? Clearly that’s due in no small part that Nadal has had injury problems this summer. Are you impressed with the progress he’s made? He’s defending champion here, and won another Masters Series. Do you see him as another big threat in the weeks to come?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I think he announced himself when he won here last year in Cincy. From then on, he had an unbelievable run, especially on the hardcourts. He’s almost won everything there is to win except, let’s say US Open and the Masters. He’s done really well. Doesn’t come as a surprise to many people now.
Of course Andy and myself have both benefited of Rafa being injured. We both took advantage of it. I won both majors and he won Toronto now, or Montreal. He’s done really well. I think it all comes down the US Open for him. If he loses early, he’s not very happy having won here and then losing there. He’s doing well, and I expect him to be a tough opponent in the future obviously.
Murray has been essentially the favourite to win a slam since the US Open last year, but funnily enough, every time someone brings this up, Federer decides that he’d rather talk about the Roddicks or Davydenkos of the world instead.
The guy’s slightly delusional. But then again, with 15 slams, you’d think the delusion’s done him well.
Q. Is he your biggest threat in New York?
ROGER FEDERER: No, I mean, if you look at last week’s draw, so many guys are very equal, I think, right now. I mean, the finals was close, for instance. I think there’s many guys who are beating each other right now. I think it’s quite interesting dynamics right now.
Meanwhile, allow me to interrupt the proceedings with practice picture of Federer … sleeveless and double-handed. Who else is traumatised for life? Don’t know what happened to the head, I sure as hell didn’t eat it. (Courtesy of RF.com)
Q. You and Rafa have been setting the standards for so long. How healthy for the game do you think it is to have Andy Murray there splitting you two up?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, I don’t know how much it really changes, to be quite honest. We all know Rafa was injured, so he couldn’t put in the fight he wished to concerning the rankings. Now he’s back, you know, I’m back playing again after a few weeks. Everybody seems healthy again, and that can only be a good thing for the rest of the season.
I think stories come about very quickly in tennis, and he’s definitely a good story right now. We’ll see how the next few weeks play out.
He’s definitely a good story right now? We’ll see how the next few weeks play out? Can I get a collective “ooooooh”?
Because you know that’s just Roger’s potato-nosed way of saying “Just. You. Wait.”
Oooh-ing and aahh-ing,