Saturday, August 12, 2017

Roger Federer Question & Answer

Roger Federer The full conference :

You now face Robin Haase. His first Masters 1000 semifinal. Your thoughts about playing Robin, and your thoughts about Robin coming back from a multitude of injuries to get to this point right now.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, first of all I'm happy for him. We spent a lot of time on the player council together at the ATP level. I know him well. Had a lot of good discussions about tennis politics for many years.
We practice a lot together, as well, in Dubai and here again this week. So we always chat a lot in the locker room, have good talks. I'm very happy for him that he's playing very well this week, and achieved his first Masters 1000 semis.
We actually spoke last year in Wimbledon together about his knee issue. Then I was having the knee issue. So we're just trying to compare his feelings and my feelings because he was going through a rough patch before that, as well, over a longer period of time than I did. He also I think had surgery at one point.
I think we're both happy that we're doing well again. I'm looking forward to a tough match because he can serve very well, and he mixes up his tactics a lot, you know. Sometimes he tends to just roll the ball in and use the big serve, or he uses a slice a lot and comes in. So I don't quite know with Robin what I'm going to get tomorrow yet.
But as I have practiced with him quite a bit, maybe I am better prepared than if I would have never hit with him before.
So I'm looking forward to the match. Should be a good one.
Q. When Shapovalov beat Nadal, it put on hold the going for the No. 1 ranking for yourself and Rafa. Do you think the young Canadian did you a favor last night?
ROGER FEDERER: I think he did himself a favor. I think that's what counts there.
For me, I know I can't become world No. 1 here anyway. I'm just playing Montreal for the tournament that it is, and I'm trying to win it for the first time in my career. That's going to not change with Rafa going out. So world No. 1 for me was anyway something for later in the year.
Now all of a sudden next week, maybe. Obviously at the US Open, I think it's up for grabs for Rafa and myself. I don't know how much Rafa cares about the year-end No. 1, or if he just cares about getting back to it for a short while. I don't know about myself either.
Either way it's big for either of us just to get back to world No. 1 once again in your career is a big deal, especially later in your life.
I think we'll both just try to stay healthy and keep going. It's fun that it's being carried over now to Cincinnati or then the latest to the US Open, even for the rest of the year. It's a good race and it's exciting for tennis.
Q. 16 seeds versus 32 seeds at the majors. You're probably one of the best players to answer that because you played in both systems. Some of your formal rivals like Rosset and Safin said with 16 seeds it was hard to get good results. Also from a fan's point of view, we will never see Federer-Fogninior Nadal-Kyrgios on the first dat. Your thoughts?
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, you could argue that 32 seeds are too many. I understand before we had some rough draws when there were only 16 seeds. We also had bonus points, so the system was different. You could also argue, Why do the top eight guys need byes at Masters 1000s? I guess it was to protect somewhat all the players and spread them out better rather than having everybody in one section, then having a really weaker section one year. I have no idea how it all came about. At one stage it was decided at some sort of a level and that's where we are today.
I wish we have would see some more best-of-five-set matches at some Masters 1000s or in the World Tour Finals, in the Finals for sure. Also I came up there and played best-of-five set finals in Basel, Vienna, Gstaad, Indian Wells, Miami. I played them everywhere.
I think it's a pity we don't have any anymore at all on the ATP level. So there's always a lot we can change. I don't think there's that much wrong with the game right now. Don't need to fix too much.
Maybe one more thing you could argue is there's too many points on the winner's side. I think the gap between winner and finals and semis and quarters is too great when it comes to the points. Let's say you take the example of a slam, winning is 2000, a quarters is 360. I think the gap is just way too big. Quarters is not a bad result, yet you're looking at the guy who won, looks like you didn't even play the tournament. For me that's a bit too extreme. Maybe we could adjust that a little bit and just make it so it's not so brutally one-sided always that the points are starting from semis in tournaments.
It rewards the winners, and I'm all for that as well in some ways.
Q. Did you get to watch Shapovalov's match last night? What were your thoughts on how he played?
ROGER FEDERER: I thought it was a fantastic match. It was exhilarating for the crowd, for the fans watching on TV, for Canadian tennis. That was cool I'm sure to watch for a lot of kids, to see you can go beat your hero once if you train hard in your life, stay the course. I thought it was great start to finish.
I didn't expect it to be this way. I thought that Rafa was going to win in straights. Denis did a great, great job. Really happy for him. Rafa was all class, he was great. It's a good night for tennis in some ways.
Q. I understand you described Denis yesterday as playing fearless. I'm wondering, what time in your career do you think you were sort of fearless? When you were young like that...
ROGER FEDERER: Same time, you know. Also that whole 17, 18, 19, 20. I guess let's say the first three years on tour, first two maybe, just because opponents don't quite know your patterns yet. They don't know what you're going to do. You don't know yourself what you're going to do on the breakpoint. Are you going to take it and then go for it? Are you going to say, Let me close my eyes for one second and go for it. Maybe you shank one, then the next you belt it. You're like, Hmm, let's do that next time around. It works. It works again. You just fuel your confidence like that.
But I've seen him do it many times, you know. I think I watched his semis at junior Wimbledon against Tsitsipas. He was in all sorts of trouble. Kept going for the biggest shots, forehands, backhands and serves. I couldn't believe what he was doing.