Quotable Quotes: You and me, could write a rad bromance.
Sorry for the cut-and-paste job. As far as press conferences go, the man is in fine form. IN FINE FORM I TELL YA.
Q. What kind of relationship do you have with your new coach Paul right now?
ROGER FEDERER: It’s very romantic. (Laughter.)
I don’t know. Look, it’s … it’s going okay. I mean, we don’t go to candlelight dinner every night. I have a wife, you know.
So what to say? Yeah, I mean, we don’t know yet if he’s going to come to Cincy yet. We’re debating that. Severin has just arrived in Cincinnati today, so we’re, you know, looking at the schedule now that we know how this is going to end, you know, regardless if I win or lose tomorrow, and we take it week by week, and he’s been able to help me, tell me good stuff, like I expected. He’s a nice guy. So far it’s been going well, so we will see how it goes tomorrow.
Seems like Severin Luthi’s staying on with Fed. As a real princess once said, when there’s 3 people in a marriage, it gets a bit crowded, no?
Q. A gentleman asked Djokovic before that he told you something at the end of the game, and the answer of Djokovic was, “Ask Roger.” So what did he tell you?
ROGER FEDERER: Um, well, he told me that he thought I should have won the match earlier, so I deserved the victory. (Laughter.)
I was like, Yeah, I kind of agreed. But look, I’m still happy I won either way, you know.
You know, he’s a good sport, and we enjoy, you know, the tough rivalries through guys like him or Murray or Rafa, whoever it is at the top. Makes you a better player. I think we’re, to some degree, thankful that the other guy is around, too.
Sometimes, of course, we wish that they weren’t there so the road maybe to victory would be a bit easier, but at the same time, it’s great playing against such good quality players.
Q. I think it’s fair to say most of the tennis world were disappointed that Rafa didn’t come through because perhaps we would have seen the Rafa-Roger final. Do you feel any tinge of anything at all that you’re not facing Rafa tomorrow? Is it relief or can you feel for tennis fans that they’re not getting the final perhaps that everyone wanted?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think Scotland is happy, right, and many other Murray fans around the world. (Laughter.) And I think my fans don’t care who I play in the finals, you know.
For myself, I think once you get to the semis that the top four guys are in the draw, you know that to win the tournament it’s gonna be hard. You know, we were able to pass, Murray and myself, and we’re excited I think playing each other now, but, you know, I didn’t feel anything, you know, after Rafa lost.
It’s unusual seeing him lose sometimes, especially when he’s on a streak like that, but you could predict that Murray was gonna have his chance today because hardcourts is Murray’s best surface, and he’s beaten him in the past, in Australia, for instance, and it’s just proved his point again that he’ll be one of the No. 1 contenders for the US Open.
That’s what he’s proven, you know, at the Australian Open, at the US Open in the past, and for this reason I’m happy to be playing Andy. I’ve played Rafa so many times that, you know, we don’t need necessarily to play more and more and more. I hope we can play at the Open. That’s what I kind of hope for, because that’s never happened before.
Q. What do you want to achieve in the sport? Maybe Davis Cup with Switzerland? What more do you want to achieve? What’s your final, I mean, goal in tennis?
ROGER FEDERER: Winning tomorrow. This is … it’s going to make me so happy, you won’t believe it. (Laughter.)
Oh Fed. Winning tomorrow’s going to make me so happy. You won’t believe it either.