It seems like a case of life mimicking fiction, that Andy Roddick would have the last laugh – leaving the sport of tennis having won the last encounter in his non-rivalry with McFudderer; and McFudderer in return would manage to steal the headlines from Roddick on the last day of his career by crashing out of the US Open “early”.
And as tempting as it is for me to start with Federer’s utter no-show against Berd, I’m going to start with Roddick, because there is a fundamental difference between McFudd and Roddick’s exits from the Open yesterday: McFudd will be back with his cowbells ringing (moooooooo…), but Roddick has truly said his last goodbye to the sport at a competitive level, and as one rather whimsical Spaniard would tweet: even our guitars were crying.
Another one of the Grandpa Generation is off to the sunset after US Open – for Andy Roddick is hanging up his racquets after US Open.
There’s no way any decent tennis fan would have missed the announcement that one of the most colourful (if not exactly the most agreeable) personalities of the tour is retiring. With him meeting one of the stars of the Generation After Nadal-Djokovic-Murray, Bernie Tomic – it was supposed to be the marquee match of the US Open thus far. Fair to say some expected Bratomic to end the career of A-Rod. After all, he’s 11 years younger (on paper anyway ;)), supposedly stronger and faster, nearing the peak of his game whilst Roddick is on his swan song.
Arthur Ashe was packed to the capacity for that match, nearing the crowds of a final even. If Roddick was to go out, he would go out with a bang and in front of thousands of Americans.
But Roddick was not done yet. Read More…
Despite having never been a fan of Roddick at any point during his career, there is still something thoroughly depressing about watching him lose first round at a grand slam. Even if he did lose to a Frenchman … in France … on clay – by far his least relevant surface. (It may be of relevance to mention here that the Frenchman in question had a win/loss record of 1-9 at Roland Garros coming into the match, so clearly, the said Frenchman is not your typical, dreaded clay machine). Read More…
Ahead of the French Open, your Aussie blog mistresses – Doots, PJ and LJ – convened for a cosy fireside chat of the anti-experts in place of your usual ‘draw analysis’, pointless predictions, and French Open themes. Best enjoyed with a glass of wine, a hint of sarcasm, and a dash of hope.
Read on and enjoy!
Doots: So I posed a question on the blog yesterday about the lesser of two evils between Rafa and Novak. Obviously now that Roger has drawn Novak, this is kinda redundant but what did either of you think about which is the “easier” side?
PJ: I actually hope for Federer to land on Rafa’s side of the draw. If I have to take another 2011 redux where he plays brilliant to beat Satan and then fart to Rafa in the final…I may just jump into Yarra River.
Doots: But surely a final is better than a semifinal?
LJ: It is, but fuck – losing another French final to Rafa? Seriously every time I venture onto the Roland Garros website, I cry a little looking at the scoreline.
So December 2007, I was chilling courtside at a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, a holy grail for a basketball fan. Sadly the Knicks played like crap, but hey I was never a Knicks fan so it didn’t really matter. But then…recently…Jeremy Lin happened…and suddenly MSG as picked up some extra aura.
MSG also played host to the latest Tennis Exhibition event. Shrieky took on the Woz whilst Rog and Randy took us back to 2003, with their nostalgic brohood.
I sadly had to be at work and couldn’t watch any of it. Supposedly, Shrieky showed us some of her dances moves and then Woz made her BF Rory play a point with Shrieky…
Then Randy imitated Rafa and actually WON the point, remarking “so that’s all it took”.
Oh Randy…forever the clown in the class. Currently ranked 31st in the world, I remember in a presser years ago that he said once he fell out of the top 10 he was going to stop playing…but it’s admirable that he’s still hanging on. I’m sure he’s still got a couple of years left…after all Juan Carlos is still kicking around.
Overall I gathered it was all nice and lovey dovey but…our dear dear Wog had to go and do this…
YES, he flat ironed his curls before heading into the stadium. Seriously…we’ve left the early 90s boyband look behind Rog…stick to the curls…
UGh, and the 90s boyband middle part too…lolz…
Into the second week of Australian Open. Needless to say, the first week has its fair share of dramas and tears and all that jazz. Since I was at Melbourne Park for Day 4 – Day 6…I just want to put some of my thoughts together. For something more intelligent and articulate, head over to Matt’s mid-week wrap post.
– Andy Roddick. I’ve never really been a major fan of his, but there’s something in him that evokes sentimentality in me. Basically most of the guys in the Grumpy Old Men club (aka Federer’s cohort) do that to me. So the second round-match between Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt was a must-see for me (went through so much grief getting a ticket, it wasn’t funny). It started well, but didn’t end well. Roddick had to retire at 2-sets-to-1 down due to a hamstring injury. He gave it the best he could out there, lasted as long as he could for the crowd and for himself, but with the Olympic year, some things are just not worth risking. But we did get 3 sets of tennis, where, to me, it was like a blast to the past – two Grand Slam champs battling it out. Pity we didn’t get a conclusion befitting to the calibre of these two. But get well soon, Andy. It would make my year to see you and Serena with that Olympics mixed doubles gold medal around your necks.
– Lleyton Hewitt. Say what you want about him, hate him all you want but no one, NO ONE can deny the spirit, determination and the grit of this man. A lot of people call him delusional for still playing, but if you’d watch his win over Milos Raonic yesterday – man. In the fourth round of his home Slam, and he was in tears. He still wants it. He still loves this game. And it has been a hell of a road for him to get here today, with all the injuries and surgeries. What carried him through is the desire to get back on court and compete. He’s a fucking stubborn competitor and he’ll retire on his own terms.
Rafa Nadal gets kudos for being mentally tough, and rightfully so. But Lleyton Hewitt’s mental toughness – especially in that last game of the match yesterday – is amazeballs. I wasn’t fazed about the outcome of the match – I’m happy with a Hewitt win or a Raonic win, but yanno what, in the end I’m ecstatic Hewitt won because the old fart well and truly deserved it. Of course, Djokovic is going to eat him for breakfast with gluten-free bread the next round but hey, wildcard into the fourth round. That’s an achievement.
– Milos Raonic. First match on the big stage, first match with over 10,000 people cheering on your opponent. He was a little unnerved, and the slight stage fright is understandable. In the end, lack of experience and lack of ability to handle pressure in key moments cost him the match, but from what I’ve seen of him, this kid’s got game. Give him more time to develop and I believe he’s more of Pete Sampras than Ivo Karlovic.
– Bernard Tomic. I hate this little shit and I don’t see myself liking him anytime soon. He’s a massive douche with a huge ego, a big mouth and stupid antics like “faking out opponents” – first Verdasco with the whole “I’m giving up” act and then Dolgopolov with the “let him think I’m challenging but not really HAAAHAHA” act. Look, in the long run, I’ll be honest and say it probably didn’t affect the outcome of the matches but it doesn’t discount the fact that Tomic is crappy. What pains me the most is that he is good. Bernard Tomic can play tennis …and he is mentally sound. For a 19-year-old, he is so fucking mentally sound. Definitely more mentally sound than Crazy and hence he pulled off the upset win in 5. Someday this brat will be at the top of the rankings and someday he may win a Slam and when that day comes, I’m going to be royally pissed off.
– Alexandr Dolgopolov. A disappointing Australian Open for my favourite Crazy Ponytail. I didn’t think he’ll be able to beat Tomic based on his first two matches, but I still hate the fact that I was right. His tennis had been a joy to watch – mostly – but his mental fortitude needs reassessing. All year last year, he could be playing the dumbest tennis and losing 6-1, 6-0 but yet he still looked like he was having fun on court. Always impassive, sometimes smiling, but I’ve never seen him lose it. Well, he lost it against Kamke and lost it again – MASSIVELY – against Tomic. If he was mentally steadier, he would’ve won. But he wasn’t, and it is what it is.
I hope he’ll bounce back, stronger than ever, and with that crazy-ass-I-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude and start having fun on court instead of being all angsty and angry. I take back what I said wanting him to show more passion and emotion and even anger. I don’t think I ever want to see a pissy Ponytail on court again. Bad enough I have to watch him lose in front of me, but to lose in a cracked-up fashion against that little shit. Ugh.
– Roger Federer. He lobs 7-feet-tall people, at the net. He is hot potatoes. Also, he is a perfect 10 -10 wins out of 10 – when I’ve seen him live. So so lovely.
– Grandpa Returnerers . Who said 200kmph ++ serves are unreturnable? Federer and Hewitt proved this theory wrong. On Friday, Federer casually whipped Karlovic’s 207kmph first serve across court for a winner. Yesterday, Hewitt was returning Raonic’s 222kmph – 228kmph first serves. RETURNING them…for winners. As someone said on Twitter…#weakeraMYARSE
– Svetlana Kuznetsova. Girl, I love you but you’re crazy. Like all the good ones are. I still hope for Sveta to win another Slam…#delusionland or not.
– Maria Sharapova. Serena Williams. Both scary strong and scary good so far.
– Novak Djokovic. Whipping through his matches with ease, and basically killing his opponents, but no one is giving him a challenge so far. Rusty will give his 200% but I don’t think he’ll even come close. Djokovic’s first real challenge should come in form of Ferrer should he get there but MAN I want that Djokovic/Murray semi-final. WANT IT LIKE WHOA.
– Zheng Jie. Mikhail Kukushkin. Nishikori Kei. The feel good stories of the Open so far, with Zheng Jie and Kukushkin pulling off stunning wins over higher ranked opponents. And Special Kei – first Japanese man into the second week of a Slam. It’s hard not to get the fuzzies when you read about how hard these people work to get to where they are now. Props to Kukushkin especially for beating Viktor Troicki and Gael Monfils. Last year I watch Dolgopolov kicked his ass – HARD – in the first round. This year he’s in the fourth round (and my wacko Crazy is on his way home WAAAAAAAHHHHHHH).
And that’s the wrap as according to my rambly brain. Onward to the second week. More drama? Definitely. More frazzles? Why is that even a question?
P.S. Photos are my own.
P.P.S. A fan perspective on Hewitt/Roddick and Dolgopolov/Tomic up at Tennis Grandstand. I’ll like to say it’s more coherent but I think I also ended up rambling.
So, let’s have a quick wrap on day 2 before we proceed to the 64 men and women still alive in the singles’ draw. I was not at Melbourne Park today, due to the fact that I have to earn a living and such (although I manage to grovel for a day off tomorrow…tsk tsk I have no dignity when it comes to tennis) and I was really overwhelmed by the heat yesterday, so it was right that I took leave from tennis.
Being in Australia…the biggest news of the day, even bigger that Bratomic’s defeat of Verdasco yesterday – would be Sam Stosur’s straight-sets defeat to Sorana Cirstea.
Is it surprising? Kind of. Is it unexpected? Not really. Is it sad? Well, yes.
I didn’t see the match, not one bit of it, but Twitter told me that Cirstea was playing brilliant and Sam was playing mediocre, and that made all the difference. Let’s face it, Australia is desperate for an Australian to win Australian Open. The best bet, all things considered, is Samantha Stosur. She was never known for being mentally strong – although I had hoped that the US Open win last year signified a positive change – and I do believe in the end, the pressure got to be a bit too much for her.
Well, at least this will make people look the other way when the next tournament rolls around. And then I certainly hope for Sam to power back, because girl’s got the game, and she has the heart. Remember RG2010 and USO2011? No one even gave her half a chance and she somehow steadily sneaked her way into the finals. I hope for that to happen again, sooner rather than later.
The other Australians fared better – Jelena Dokic, James Duckworth and Matt Ebden recording victories to progress to the next round. Huge moment for Duckworth in his AO debut – I saw him play (and lost) the wildcard playoffs last year, and I think he actually has potential. He’s only nineteen, so if he works hard and does not lose the passion…he may be a name to be known in the future. But Jarka Gadjosova joined Sam on the losers roll, losing to Maria Kirilenko.
The old man Lleyton Hewitt also pulled through – in four sets – in his typical fashion. Played some solid tennis to get to a 2-sets-to-love lead, and then opponent (German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe) suddenly gained momentum as Hewitt lost the will to land first serves…therefore leading to Hewitt losing the third set. The momentum continued and soon Mr.Famous Five Sets find himself facing yet another 5-setter as he trailed 1-5 in the fourth.
(By this time, I was all ready to cliff myself. Serious.)
But what they say about Lleyton Hewitt is true…don’t ever count him out, whatever you do, and never let him back into a match, because chances are he will then hang on like a barnacle and never let go. That was precisely what happened. Stebe got nervous, lost serve once, lost serve twice, and soon Hewitt was up 6-5…but up against Gramps Hewitt (as well as the whole parochial arena), he buckled, dumped a forehand into the net, and Lleyton celebrated like he just won the final.
He earns himself a second-round match with his pal in the Gramps club, Gramps Andy Roddick (who beat Robin Haase in straight sets, avoiding the drama of last year). I will be there for that match (I hope) and I will cry like I did during Hewitt/Nalbandian last year, because it will not end well for me. Even more so when I think it may possibly be Hewitt’s last AO and Roddick’s second last or third last or even last.
As for other matches…
1) Bad day for the male Russians as Mikhail Youzhny headsmashed himself out of the tournament against Andrey Golubev, in a hysterical match with 17 breaks of serve. Igor Kunitsyn lost to Pablo Andujar in straights, and Dmitry Tursunov lost to Janko Tipsarevic after losing a long tie-break in the second set (he was one set up). New Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr survived though. I know I keep saying I want to kick the Colonel off my bandwagon…to be honest I’m not completely sure why he’s still there.
2) Andy Murray got taken to four sets by Ryan “The Ego” Harrison. As I’ve heard, MAndy started dismally, not serving well and basically just playing like his ass was hurting him. However, when he got a grip of himself in the second set, he was never really threatened, wrapping up the match in four sets. Interesting observation: some people seem to think he was toning down on the swearing and yelling and muttering because of Mr.Lendl. Mr.Lendl may be good for that attitude yet, hey?
3) Juan Carlos Ferrero – couldn’t keep up his strong performance for the first two sets and ended up losing to Viktor Troicki in 5 sets. So close to pulling off a great win.
4) Ernest Gulbis provided the bipolar match of the day, whipping Micheal Llodra in the first set and then got whipped in the next three. Dude’s never going to sort himself out, is he?
5) Other notable Frenchmen – Simon, Tsonga, Benny, Monfils etc – all got through, in contrasting fashions – straight sets, four sets, five sets, retirements. Special mention to Nicolas Mahut, who oust Rad Steps in straights.
6) The other big-named women – Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova and Shrieky Sharapova all breezed through the matches. My worry about Gisela Dulko proved to be utterly in vain as Shrieky dismantled her completely, only giving her a game.
7) Uber sad that Sammy was the only seed to fall from the women’s side – although Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova needed three sets to beat their opponents.
That’s the wrap post in short for the day. And of course, there will be more to come.
P.S. oh, Djokovic won as well. I nearly forgot about him because…well, I don’t care enough? LOL.
You brought something very special to tennis, whether it was those early hair beads flung across the courts every swing, or your gangly but poised frame gliding across the Wimbledon grass there was tennis before the Williams sisters and tennis after the Williams sisters.
As the oldest Williams sister, you’ve endured so many generations of players but yet you still come back, time and time again, pulled back by your love of the game.
To have your career stopped, so cruelly by an illness which has no certain remission rate and no cure is just….UGH.
Get better soon Vee, you deserve to come back and receive a proper send off.
Venus Williams withdrew from the US Open 2011, citing Sjogren’s Syndrome and probably taking her out from tennis indefinitely. The diagonsis was long coming, Vee only having played 4 tournies this year has been looking out of sorts for a while. Sabine Lisicki goes through to the 3rd round.
A Slew of seeds fell by the wayside today including Cibulkova, Radwanska, Bartoli and Wickmayer. And it’s only the 2nd fucking round. I mean is the season just too long? Or is it the WTA points system? cause someone needs to sort this shit out.
Robson and Dulgheru underperformed compared to their first rounds earning themselves a boot from the tournament.
On the Men’s side, Soderling joined the list of US Open wounded, withdrawing just before his match with a virus, another statistic for the “Season is too bloody long argument”.
Roddick continues to struggle, needing 4 sets to get past Michael Russell, as Murray and Del Pony do it easy in 3.
Also doing it easy was Julien Benneteau taking out 10th seeded Almagro….Almagro was ranked 10????? WTfuckery?
3 matches went the distance including Gilles Simon who needed 5 to get past Brazilian Ricardo Mello, which shouldn’t bother him too much considering what he did at the Australian Open this year after winning Sydney , (almost burst an artery sitting through that match.)
And that’s it from me folks, the next few days will be brought to you by PJ but I may drop in sometime next week.
1. With some players, it’s love at first sight. Some floor you with a single performance. But some players grow on you like warts and moles. They may not have been your favourites to start off with, but as they approach the autumn of their careers, you realise that even without ever actively liking them, they’ve become part of some of your best tennis memories.
Andy Roddick is a wart. Having been bored by his game and stardom for almost all of his career, I found myself feeling desperately anxious for his future as he was knocked out 76 76 64 by Deliciano, a player he has never lost to before in 7 attempts.
This is not to discount the astounding performance from Lopez, who showed some uncharacterstic shallots to win the first two tiebreaks, meticulously plating up 28 aces and 57 winners on Centre Court. A minor upset this may be, the result actually reflects Deliciano’s form of late, which has mostly been obscured by some close losses – to Roddick by the narrowest of margins in Queens, and to Federer at Roland Garros and (rather epically) in Madrid. Read More…
1. Clay was never his thing. But Madrid was oxymoronically a “fast” clay court, and he was playing a guy whose first name is Flavio, ranked 149 places below him. So I’m sure you’d agree that it was perfectly reasonable to expect Andy Roddick to … yer know … win a match to start his season.
But of course, he didn’t – losing to the Italian qualifier Cipolla 6-4 6-7 (7-9) 6-3 in three hours and two minutes. This unfortunately ends a slight opportunity for Roddick to rejoin the top 10 after Madrid. Post-match, Roddick put his problem down to movement.
“There was a lot of frustration. It wasn’t a ball-striking thing, it was just a movement thing. The part where I was terrible tonight was moving forward and winning some of those awkward points.
“And once it became a battle of movement his was a lot better than mine on this stuff.”
The fact that he refers to clay as “this stuff” says something about Roddick’s affinity (or lack thereof) to the surface. But on the upside, you can’t be too disappointed if you expected nothing.
2. Two rounds, two three setters, and somehow in the last 3 years, it has been on clay where Maria Sharapova has pleasantly surprised.
Don’t get me wrong: no one would never accuse Maria Sharapova of being “graceful” or pleasant on the eyes on any surface, least of all clay. But as someone who actually appreciates the elementary crassness of her game, it was simply comforting to watch a 3 set match where Sharapova served at 77%, won 74% of her first serves, 50% of her second, and faced only one break point.
3. Franny Schiavs, who successfully kicked off in Madrid with a straight set win over Peng Shuai on Sunday, was recently interviewed by a weekly magazine “Diva and Woman” where she revealed the weapon to her tennistical success.
“For a woman, sex before a match not only is allowed, it is also fantastic. Elevates your hormones, heightens all the senses(?).” – Francesca Schiavone
16-14 in Australia. IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW.
4. Once again, tennistical commentary challenges the limits of human logical deduction. For some tennis commentators this week, the fact that Roger Federer decided to sign up to Rotterdam 2012 could only lead to one, inevitable, incontrovertible conclusion: Roger Federer is in decline.
In what may be an early sign of things to come, Roger Federer is changing his schedule next year to include Rotterdam in the winter. Federer, who last played Rotterdam in 2005 when he won, has always been very cautious and wise with his schedule and year-long commitments.
But with Federer adding a tournament in Rotterdam just after the Australian Open, is Federer now resigned to the fact that he may not be winning as many tournaments as he use to, which in turn also cuts down on the number of matches he plays.
So to make up for it Federer adding tournaments in anticipation if not being the player he once was?
Source: if you feel like clicking on it
A sign of things to come? Fancy that!
Here I was, just innocently thinking that Federer signed up to Rotterdam 1) as a favour to an ol’ friend Richard Krajicek, 2) to fulfill his usual quota of rotating minor tournament participation each year (Estoril, Stockholm, Tokyo, you name it). But of course, esteemed people far more perceptive and analytical than me came to a different conclusion.
According to the same logic:
- Federer plays more tournaments = he knows he can’t win as much because he’s in decline.
- Federer plays less tournaments = he knows he won’t win them all because he’s in decline.
- Federer wins smaller tournaments = he knows he can’t win the big ones because he’s in decline.
- Federer wins big tournaments = he only cares about the slams now that he’s in decline.
- Federer impregnates woman with twin mangoes and gets hitched in secret wedding = he’s looking for an exit strategy because he’s in decline.
- Federer can’t stop laughing in video clip = he’s developing early onset dementia because he’s in decline.
- Federer shoots a can off a guy’s head = he’s looking for a career as a William Tell double now that he’s in decline.
- Federer gets out of bed in the morning = time passes so he’s CLEARLY. IN. DECLINE.
Such intelligent people we have in tennistical spheres. Truly.
5. I have yet to find an English version of this interview, so excuse the shoddy auto-translate-and-edit job. The Spanish ABC Sports published this interview of Wodge McFed today, and I’ve taken out a few questions because Google Translation offended me with its grammar, but the bulk of it is there:
This year, you’ve only lost to Nadal, Djokovic and Melzer. Are you happy with the results?
I don’t think they are bad. People say they are not special, but if I look back at what I’ve done, with semifinals or better results from Wimbledon ’til my loss in the Monte Carlo quarterfinals, I’ve been in a lot of good matches. It’s good news, because last year, for four months, I played just five matches going into Madrid and I didn’t feel good. I’m fine now, I have no problems and it’s been a while since I’ve felt that way. I’m happy.
How is your back?
Yes, yes, I’m happy with it. I’ve had two good weeks in Switzerland, working hard with Stefan Koubek, Pierre Paganini in the gym and good weather, luckily.
Now there is talk of a new rivalry between Nadal and Djokovic. Do you feel excluded?
It’s more than three, honestly. The top five, with Soderling and Murray, we’re all close, we’ve all played well since Wimbledon or even earlier. Not everyone can win a tournament, only won one person can. Nadal has an impressive record since Australia, he was able to make four consecutive finals. Djokovic has a perfect record, having won everything since the Davis Cup. But I also had a terrific finish to last season, since the American summer season I’ve been playing fine. Murray may have had less brilliant results since Australia, but in Monaco he played well, and he knows how to play. And the same goes for Soderling. I think ultimately we are living a very good time in tennis.
Nadal said Djokovic is less aggressive.
When you’re confident things are easier. And he intends to stretch the streak to the max. Novak didn’t played in Monte Carlo, he has rested more, he played a tournament Belgrade that was easier to win than Monaco (LOL) and so he’s still confident. It will be very hard for him to win Madrid, Rome and Paris, but I also think it’ll be hard to lose that confidence even with a loss, unless he lost in the early rounds.
Nadal is defending many points. Who is the favorite to reach number one at Wimbledon?
It’s very open. All three of us have chances. I’m not defending a lot in the Grand Slams. Neither is Novak. I have more chances in Wimbledon, Rafa in France and Djokovic everywhere because he’s playing great. We shall see, it is very difficult to bet on someone. If we’re talking about who might be No 1 at the end of the year, Novak has better chances because he already has a slam and two Masters, but there’s a lot of tennis to be played. The year isn’t over.
Is No 1 still a priority for you?
Yes, it is. It’s always the goal. Nadal has to defend many points and I don’t, so I have a good chance. But I know I have to do something special and that means winning a Grand Slam. Otherwise, it will be difficult, I know.
What are you working on with your coach, Paul Anaconne?
My game, other players, strategy, what we need to practice. Many things. Trying to make me a better player. I ask, he gives me advice, tells me what I should change. I don’t pay him to tell me I’m great. He won’t or to tell me I’m the best.
What has changed in you since you became a parent?
Many things. But I’m not too fond of the word “change” because it can be understood as something negative. I’m really adapted to this new situation. I’ve spent many years doing the same things with my life, with my stuff. I’ve always found it easier to travel with Mirka. Now there are many other things to do, and to try and be the best parents for girls. It needs organization, that’s for sure, but I have a great team. Mirka does a lot of work with the girls, my parents too. They’re also very helpful. I live a very lucky life, I’m happy with the people around me.
Do the twins recognize you when they see you on TV?
Yes, they recognise me. At Indian Wells and Miami, they went to the stadium and saw me on screen, yes. That was funny.
What patterns do you see?
Not a lot, but we watch a lot of television. I’d rather they draw on a piece of paper, or play with toys, or learn things, recognize what a banana is, or a lion. I think that’s better than watching television.
Your career has been great. What’s left for you to achieve in tennis?
Nothing. Obviously I’d like to win more, but I have more than I ever imagined. If someone told me when I won my first junior Wimbledon at 16 that I would win 16 grand slams, I would’ve said it was impossible. I am content to have one, but I never thought my career might be like Becker, Edberg or Sampras, who were my heroes.
I want to experience the feeling of winning a big Davis Cup play-off in the future … I’m focused on return to number one at some point, the Olympic Games at Wimbledon … There are still many goals.
- Fabulous interview. Some endearing comments from Wogie about the vices of television and parental education. Clearly, he’s going to be THAT kinda dad. You know! The kind that tells his daughters to watch the Discovery Channel instead of the latest season of Gossip Girl. Come to think of it – he’ll probably want you home by 11pm on a weeknight too. I SHAKE MY FIST AT YOU. I SHAKE MY FIST AT YOU WOGIE!
- It’s totally disturbing and pervy that I seem to have developed a thing for young dads upon reading this.
- I smiled at Federer’s subtle implication that Djokovic pulled out of Monte Carlo to prolong his streak and keep himself “in the zone”. Nadal’s streak, Djokovic’s streak, one of the two is coming to an end this week. But personally, I’m hoping – against all odds – that this may be the start of a brand new streak for Roger Federer.
- Does any one lead a more charmed life than Federer? Travelling around with a family he so obviously loves; 16 slams; ambition, dreams, contentment and pride in his achievements thus far. I think it’s fair to say that despite much fabricated angst in the media, dude’s in a good place in his life right now.