Quotable Quotes: “It’s easy being me.” Or so claims the Fed.
Yeah Rog, so easy.
That’s why we all eat breakfast out of trophy bowls and bake cookies on runner-up trays.
A fabulous interview with Federer was posted on LASTAMPA.it and translated by the People’s Republic of RF.com.
In the interview with the Italian publication, Roger talked about almost everything, from the US Open final, his musical taste, David Foster Wallace, to God and the after life … thoughts so deep you could happily drown in them.
The Roger Federer that no one knows. He plays the piano, loves Michael Jackson, is terrified of spiders, snakes and parachuting. He shows off here and there, the Mozart of tennis, flashes of unsuspected dark humour, as when he dealt with the suicide of David Foster Wallace, the most lyrical of his idolatries.
Not posting the whole thing, just some extracts. Head off to RF.com if you want to read the article.
The extracts will be interspersed with pictures of the Feds leaving Italy.
Italian paparazzi, you fail. How could you not manage to get a photo of the Mighty Babes? Huh!? Huh!!???
My ovaries will not be denied.
Federer on the US Open final:
We imagine you’d be depressed and unhappy, still in the nightmare of Del Potro’s heavy shots.
Eh, the night after, I went through the images of the match in my head. Of course I was sorry but I also knew that I played a great tournament and that perhaps I didn’t deserve to lose. However I lost against a great Del Potro and that in the end, tennis always wants a victim.
Can you say much about the final between Federer and Del Potro: Beauty verses strength?
I’d say so. He plays with great pace and I have to respond with intelligence. It’s always the nature of the contest that one of the two is physically less exceptional. I took many right decisions during the match, but I didn’t always execute them in the right way.
On his musical taste.
Music is very important. I like to listen to it, especially when I’m driving. I’ve played the piano since I was a boy. I really like dance [music] but these days I am closer to rock. (I listen) to everyone, I love Michael Jackson.
Roger playing piano? Ah a finger-fetisher can dream …
Jelena I-don’t-bother-watching-women’s-tennis Jankovic, take note!
The most pleasing tennis player to watch on tv?
I really enjoyed watching Sampras against Agassi…I am a fan of my sport. I like to watch it apart from playing it, I like to study tactics. I see everything, even the doubles and the women’s tournaments.
For the first time that I know of, Roger talked a little bit about the late David Foster Wallace, author of the now biblical “Roger Federer as Religious Experience”:
Foster Wallace wrote: “to watch Federer play is a religious experience”
I did a half hour interview with him at Wimbledon, one of the strangest that I’ve ever done. As I was going, I was still asking myself what we had said. I was very shocked by his suicide.
Did you have any idea?
I wish, I’m sure that it wasn’t because of me … artists like him have very high ideals that life unfortunately doesn’t hold up to. He wrote a wonderful essay on me. Even thanks to him, the world is, for me, a better place.
Um .. the conversation then took a turn for the deep end as Roger discussed religion and the after life.
Only a bit, I admit it. I don’t go to church often, I’m not a regular, also because of my work.
Is there another life or is this enough, when we ask Roger Federer?
I’d like the idea of another life. I am doubtful, let’s say 50/50
Being the guy that beats the crap out of people but frustrates all the macho wankers with his honest tears and fears, Roger listed his various phobias.
I am afraid of the idea of parachuting into an empty space. And then I’m scared of snakes and spiders.
But here are my two favourite quotes from the interview:
How complicated is it to be Roger Federer?
It’s very easy. It will become complicated the day that I don’t enjoy myself anymore.
A diehard fan wrote: “the beauty of Roger Federer’s movement is perhaps not just essential to tennis, but to life,”
Thank you. In truth, I think that he can live even without Roger Federer. Tennis is greater than the tennis player.”
Well, talk about a well-balanced human being.
Thanks to Sarah Solana from RF.com for the wonderful translation. I took the liberty of editing it a little bit to avoid sounding like Wawrinka’s webmaster.
Photo credit to Celebrity-Gossip.net