Roger Federer The Full Press Conference

This is not going to be an expansive press conference tonight (smiling).
ROGER FEDERER: You heard him. Two questions each, per language. I'll answer 10 minutes per question (laughter).
THE MODERATOR: Short and direct. We'll start in English. Ubaldo.
Q. Can I ask you, the only moment of suspense was when you had the medical timeout. What happened?
ROGER FEDERER: I just felt something, sort of my muscle being tight at the back. Sort of my quad, I guess. I don't know what you call it (smiling).
I just wanted to get it done really quickly after the set break. I said, Look, you know what, I need to go anyway off court for it. Normally you have to ask. They would have said anyway yes. I just ran straight to the physio. I was done in three minutes and back again.
I just didn't want Philipp to wait. It was more precaution. It's all good. No problems there. I'm not worried about it. I'm sorry I had to do it.
Q. While you were playing, del Potro was staging a tremendous comeback.
ROGER FEDERER: I heard that.
Q. What are your thoughts on the career journey for him?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I don't quite know what he went through, to be honest. I wasn't with him. He was gone for so long that it's just really nice to see him back playing these kind of matches. That's what he came back for, to get crowd support the way he got it.
We could even hear it on center court. That's the first time I experienced that. Clearly Grandstand wasn't where it used to be. But, I mean, they had epic crowds.
He's a good guy. I know him well. But when he was hurt, clearly I didn't see him for a long time. I was sorry for him because I think he had a legitimate good chance to become world No. 1 at that time. Him and Davydenko, actually both of them got hurt at the wrong times in their careers. Both had a chance to go for world No. 1 at that time. '09, I think it was.
So I'm really happy for him. It's a good match to look forward to. Reminds me clearly of the 2009 finals that we had, which was an epic, too. I hope we can produce another good one.
Q. You won't be playing Dominic Thiem. Can you say something about him, a rising star in the game.
ROGER FEDERER: Sweet guy. Really honest. Lovely to be around with. Hard working. Super hard working. He goes into the Rafa demographic where between matches, they just go really hard. I'm not like that, so I admire those guys that put their head down and work this hard.
Yeah, I love his backhand. Played him a few times. Got great power both wings. He's a power player that we have in the game. Yeah, he's going to be around for a long time. He's going to install himself in the top 10 easily, in my opinion, for the next 10 years. I'm sure he's going to create a lot of chances to win the biggest tournaments in the game.
Q. Juan Martin will be your fourth straight veteran opponent, a guy you're really familiar with. What does that mean for you at this stage in your career?
ROGER FEDERER: I went from Tiafoe then to the oldies, so that was good (laughter). Yeah, back to the '80s.
It's great, you know. I always said it: our generation was strong. Now a lot of them are starting to stop or have stopped now. But we have a lot of 30 plus players years old on the tour, which is great.
But little by little we're getting pushed out, which is normal. Just choose not to do it any more because the traveling and everything just becomes a bit too much after all those years.
Yeah, Juan Martin belongs a little bit to that generation. Because he's been injured so much, I feel he's younger just because I feel that stuff you can add on at the back end of your career. I don't consider him one of the oldies quite yet.
.Q Before the match today you had a chance to meet a very special young man on the practice courts. I'd love to hear your take on that experience, meeting him, the look on his face.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, look, met Mark, a little boy. He's had a rough life so far, you know. But I think making a dream come true for other people is something that I'm in a privileged position to be in.
I'm his big hero, apparently. He looked to me in the difficult times. It's very nice to finally get to meet these people, or this little boy.
I'm happy I was helpful without knowing it, you know. Then for me also it's a nice moment, you know, to meet someone like him. Even played some balls with him, which is even better. I wanted to make sure he got the full treatment, the best experience possible.
I hope he enjoyed himself.
Q. What are your strongest memories of that 2009 final?
ROGER FEDERER: What happened there (smiling)?
I remember we had a good breakpoint early that put me ahead, I think, in the first set. I'm not sure. I felt like that I left that match with a lot of regrets.
Probably feels like one of those matches I would like to play over again. Feel like I would probably win it somehow because I should have been up maybe two sets to love or should have been up two sets to one. I don't remember if I was.



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