6-3, 5-7, 6-2
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沒想到竟然是要點Ferrer v Roddick的球賽才有
果然如我所預期的 比起前兩場 回擊失準很多
敗在自己的Double Fault @@
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
Original from ASAP Sports
R. FEDERER/F. González
6-3, 5-7, 6-2
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You spent some time working on your back in Dubai, but have you tried to make any technical adjustments to your serve at all?
ROGER FEDERER: You're talking about my backhand or serve?
Q. No, your serve. Have you made any technical adjustments to your serve because of your back?
ROGER FEDERER: No, and I haven't worked on my serve a whole lot in Dubai, because I try and save it. Only served it a little bit towards the end, so actually I was saving it.
But, yeah, I haven't had to adjust my technique yet, which is a good thing.
Q. Comparing last year, how confident are you on the Masters Series level of tennis?
ROGER FEDERER: Last year was a tough Masters Series, sort of kind of strange for me. I didn't win any. I played a few. You know, I wasn't 100% in shape, especially these two here, Indian Wells and Miami.
The clay is always particularly difficult, just because Rafa usually racks them up there. I think, you know, Novak and Murray and the other players did really well in the American hardcourt, you know, where I think I really would have had a chance to win a few maybe.
But I lost early both times where I should have won twice, you know. Towards the end I was hurt in Paris, so I didn't really get that many opportunities to really do well.
So I think that was my problem last year, that I very often entered a tournament actually not being completely ready for them. I hope this year I can change that a bit and get on a good roll again, because I've done so well over the last few years that I'd like to win a few again this year.
(去年大師賽都很艱難，對我來說有點奇怪，沒有贏得任何一項大師賽，又只有打了幾項賽事而已。我不是在100%的狀態，特別是這兩個賽事, Indian Wells 和 Miami。紅土總是特別困難，因為Rafa通常都會贏走他們，而Novak和Murray還有其他球員，在美國硬地又打得很好，所以我想說我也許有點機會可以贏得幾項吧! 但兩次我都提前輸掉，我應該要贏那兩次的，到最後我在Paris受傷，所以真的沒有那麼多的機會可以把比賽打好。我想那是我去年的問題，一直都是在還未準備好的情況下，就進入賽事打球。我希望今年我可以改變一點，然後再度回到正軌，因為過去幾年我打得那麼好，今年我想要再贏一些。)
Q. This is a bit of an old topic, so apologies for asking. I haven't had a chance to ask you about it. In Melbourne at the final ceremony, many people felt your emotions were really poignant. They revealed the human side. Touched a lot of people. My understanding is you told Swiss television that it was embarrassing. What are your thoughts about that moment? Do you think it revealed something special, or what was it? Was it embarrassing?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, you can say embarrassing and then explain it, you know. It's not just right out embarrassing, because I don't mind it happening. I just -- what I don't like is that people think they know why it happened. It's very simple: You go out five hours and try everything you can and you spend three weeks in one city. You love tennis, and you get emotional because the fans are into it and you feel like you're so close, and all of a sudden you realize yet you're so far again.
So this is what brought out the tears, I guess. Then seeing again the old scenario of Rod Laver there, just Australian fans are so respectful and so knowledgeable of the game, that kind of created that kind of emotion. It had nothing to do with, Oh, my god, I'm never going to win this tournament again. Oh, god I'm so disappointed. I can't believe it.
It was just something I couldn't control. So it was nice to get it out. Instead of getting it out maybe in the locker room it happened in the center court maybe in front of anybody. That's the tough part for me to handle. But I could handle it, and I still believe it shows that there is a human side to, I mean, any player, you know, because we care about this game and try hard.
When it doesn't happen, you know, we're not -- we're not happy, we're sad, you know. That's what happened at the end of the tournament. Everything sort of kind of breaks out. It was -- it was interesting to go through it, you know. It was not the first time I cried, so... (laughter.)
Q. It was a reflection of how much you cared and how much you care for the game?
ROGER FEDERER: For the game. Not for the record, not because it was Rafa. It had nothing to do with all those things, what people wrote about.
Q. You were talking I think on the court about how you got some rhythm. Some players give you rhythm. Some players take it away. Is that correct, or is that a basis for how well you might do in some tournaments if you play the wrong guys early?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, we've got -- extreme case was Karlovic. If he's around, you know, it's just a slugfest. When I lost against him in Cincinnati, you leave the tournament, and go like, I guess, all right. You don't know what to say. It's all right. I didn't play bad but I'm out. You can't really prove how well you were actually maybe playing, and then you get judged on that. So that's a particular match.
Other than that, you usually get your teeth into a match, you know. Just because players these days, they tend to, you know, play a lot from the baseline and give you rhythm, so you have a chance to, you know, start creating a few things. Even though maybe it's not going well for a half an hour, you're still in it.
I felt like that started a little bit today, whereas the first two matches were just serve and returns. Today was a bit more baseline, even though I couldn't find his backhand. If you don't find his backhand the point is over quickly. He has such a massive forehand.
I'm looking forward to playing more baseline rallies against Verdasco. I'm sure that's going to happen. It's a good thing, you know, that I'm still in the tournament and facing an opponent who actually is going to extend the rallies a little bit. It's going to be a nice match, I'm sure.
Q. Was that fun today? Because watching it was a lot of fun. It was great shot-making from both ends of the court.
ROGER FEDERER: Today? (今天?)
Q. Yeah. (是啊)
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I enjoy playing Fernando because it's so tactical. You know, but then at the same time it's so brutal, you know, so aggressive. You think you have a slight chance to win the point, and then you realize, no, there's actually none.
It's pretty interesting with him. And then 30-Love up he doesn't care if it's a forehand or backhand coming his way, he's just going to rip it anyway. So there is lack of rhythm at times. He can serve extremely well, as well, even though he's not that tall.
But, yeah, we know each other since a long time. We've played on many occasions so we know each other's games very well. I think that's always fun to play somebody like that.
Q. Change subjects. I understand you like other sports, as well. Can you tell me a little bit about your liking for cricket, where it came from and what you've seen?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, I followed it mostly when I'm in Australia or when I'm somewhere in Asia, because they show most cricket on TV, you know.
No, I've never really played it myself and only met a few of the players at the sports awards or other places. But I guess, you know, because my mom is from South Africa and I've had many Australian coaches you kind of get into it a bit and I like the sport.
It's a nice, relaxing sport to watch on TV. Kind of the all-day kind of thinking, you know. So, yeah, I like it, you know.
And I don't know how I got into it. I just started to like it.
Q. Do you watch it during Wimbledon?
ROGER FEDERER: Less during Wimbledon. I think Wimbledon always has the Euro or the World Cup going on, right? It's a bit more soccer.
Q. I think this year is England/Australia.
ROGER FEDERER: Oh, is it? Okay. Yeah, I'll follow that.
(喔，是嗎? 好吧。 我會追隨一下它。)
Q. As far as playing under a roof at Wimbledon, are you looking forward to it? Do you think it will change the play significantly? Do you have any idea?
ROGER FEDERER: I'm not -- I don't think it's going to change a whole lot, you know, but the good thing is there is going to be less wind on center court just because the roof is going to be back on.
The fixed roof, the sliding roof, is just going to save us all, you know, me, sponsors, fans, players. It's just going to make it easier for everybody. There's always going to be a match on TV. That's always a good thing, I think.
I'm actually used to playing grass indoors, because I always played Halle. Halle has a sliding roof, as well, and I've played there under the roof.
For me, it's not going to be something incredibly new, but I'm completely excited that Wimbledon made that big step, you know. Thinking about where they were 10 years ago and seeing that it was the Millennium Building and just the whole thing coming along, it's fantastic to see how they combine tradition with innovation.
So I think we're all very excited to see how the roof is going to be.
QF vs Verdasco 6-3, 7-6(5)
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
R. FEDERER/F. Verdasco
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. How much has Fernando improved over the last six months?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, it was two sets. What was it, one hour and 20? So, I mean, you don't get a clear idea. I mean, I think we've both played better in our lives, you know, but it was one of those matches where you tried to get the first hit in and kind of see what happens.
You definitely see that he's much more calm on the court. I think that helps him to stay more focused and, you know, be more solid throughout a season.
Um, and other than that, I've played Fernando when he played poorly. I've played him before when he played great, you know. So I just think today he was quite consistent. Maybe not as dangerous as in the past just because he's trying to be solid. It was interesting to play him, because he's a wonderful player.
Q. Can you compare playing Fernando with Rafa?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, they're both lefties, so obviously there's some similarities. But, yeah, I mean, I think that's about it. They're both -- have a spin, whatever. But I still believe they play quite differently in their approach and in their, you know, their capabilities physically.
It's just -- they're two different people.
Q. At 4-2 in the second set, you seemed to be in control of the match, and then there seemed to be a string of games where you lost timing on both the forehand and the backhand. Can you say what happened?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah. I mean, I don't think I served great, you know, in those games, and I think he got some good hits in. You know, he started the rally off neutral and was able to neutralize me. Because he's got such big shots, especially his forehand, you know, he can, you know, put you under pressure quickly.
I think he knew that was his last chance, you know, that he had to play well and not make mistakes, and he was able to deliver.
And I struggled with my rhythm on the backhand, you know. I don't think I played the best match of my life, but I think it was solid. And, you know, when it got tough I couldn't come up with the backhands I wanted to, so I think those kind of let me down.
I got lucky to get back into the match. I played a good breaker, so good luck I snuck out of it. But I hung in there and I put him under pressure early on so I did have a chance. If I were to break back I could still win the match.
It was difficult. I wasn't quite happy with the match today, but for a while there I actually was playing okay.
Q. Can you just talk about Murray? Obviously the great victory in New York, but the last three times he's played you pretty tough and what kind of challenges he presents to you.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, we've had some tough matches and good matches, you know, in the last few. Shanghai is a tough one for me. I was sick and injured going into the match, but still actually played a great match under the circumstances.
It wasn't a great situation for him, either. He was qualified and playing me, and he was a bit -- not 100%, but still very dangerous. So it was an exciting match, you know, but hard to judge.
And I think Doha he played well. Same as in Madrid. I was happy the way I played there, and, you know, every time I won the first set he kind of got stronger and stronger as the match went on.
I've just got to make sure I finish, because I know it's not physical, the end of the matches. Three sets, it never really becomes physical. It's only maybe in the fifth set if that that were to happen.
But, no, he's improved. He's mentally very much the winner type, and, you know, I like that. It should be a good match again in a couple of days.
Q. You've won well over 50 tournaments. That's a heck of a lot of trophies. If I could just ask you, what do you do with all your trophies and plates and all of that?
ROGER FEDERER: Um, I have a trophy room. It's rather tight, but I have the most important ones out there, and especially also the Laureate Sports Awards, sports awards you know, Swiss awards, sports awards from Switzerland. I've got all those out as well.
Especially the Slams, Masters Series, the big tournaments. Some tournaments I don't get trophies some other ones with just too big to put anywhere. And the finalists, those I'm not a big fan of. I put those in the bottom and sometimes I just put those away. (laughter.)
That's where we are right now.
(我有個都是獎盃的房間。還蠻整齊的，但我有些比較重要的會擺在那，特別像是Laureate Sports Awards、運動獎項、瑞士獎項都會擺出來。還有大滿貫、大師賽、比較大的賽事。像有些沒拿到獎盃，或是太大無法擺的，還有進決賽亞軍，我把那些都放在底下，有時候則是收起來。就是這樣。)
Q. Just to make a point, you've won so many important -- I mean, from the Orange Bowl, Hamburg was a turning point, Wimbledon, of course the gold medals. If there were a fire or something and you could grab one, two or three -- make it one. Whatever. That's more interesting. Which one would you grab?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, definitely would grab one of the Wimbledon trophies. I'd put the Olympic gold around my neck. That would be easy, you know. I could save a hand and probably grab one of the US Open trophies.
Q. I think Andy might have beaten you the last three times you guys have played. Do you have some business to do there? Are you surprised he has that record over you?
ROGER FEDERER: Um, not really, you know. He's a great player, you know. Great players are tough to play against. He's young, so still have to figure him out a little bit. He's changing his game, you know, as time goes by. Every time you play him he plays a bit different.
Whereas for me it's different. He knows what to expect. That's the advantage of a youngster. There are disadvantages that they're a bit more inconsistent, but he's been very consistent, you know, at a young age, which is impressive to see.
So, yeah, I'm aware that he has beaten me more than I've beaten him, but on big occasions, I think I came -- you know, I came through. I have to build on that and make sure I play tough and good match against him. Anything else is not going to do the job against him.
Q. Is he not one of the more difficult guys you face on the tour?
ROGER FEDERER: Uh-huh.
Q. What do you like about his game?
ROGER FEDERER: What I like or dislike? (laughter.)
(我比較喜歡 或我不喜歡? (笑))
Q. Both. (都是)
ROGER FEDERER: Um. Well, he's got a great backhand. I think one of the best ones in the game. He's improved his first serve a lot, you know, and he's very much all around, so he can come to the net, as well.
When I see a player doing that, I always think that's nice, you know, because that's been lost a little bit these last few years.
Q. Could you break down like what happened there with the 5-5, you know, your serve got broken, and then you were able to break it back. Can you take us through those two games?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, he had momentum on his side, obviously. 5-All, I knew he was kind of tough and I hoped for a good start. I don't think I got it. I was down Love-40, and, you know -- yeah, I wasn't serving great.
You know, like I said, he was neutralizing me, and he took my confidence away. I held back. He stepped in. That's usually what happens when you're struggling a bit. But I was still up a set, and 5-All is still not a bad situation to be in.
I tried to get out of it. Couldn't. Then I actually got off to a good start on his service game, up Love-30. I was up a couple of points. That really energized me. I started to hit through the ball a bit more freely.
I think I had to save maybe one, two set points. Those were crucial. I realized he was holding back on his serve. Maybe instead of going for it, he tried to play it safe, which could have paid off. Not in this case. I think I was able to use that bit of uncertainty in his game, you know, to get back on level terms.
Once the tiebreaker came, I think the momentum was back on my side, and I think that made the difference.
Q. Are you saying, Roger, that your confidence in the one game goes on and off like a light switch?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, you do feel it. Crowds get into it, and especially -- I think against a player like Verdasco who is such a streaky player sometimes who can put you away from the ball, you know, very easily.
I think he's a moody player, you know. When he's on he's super hot, and when he's not playing so well he kind of gets frustrated and doesn't play so well. Then of course you react in a similar way against a player like this.
If the guy is more like a Hewitt or Nadal, you don't also go up and down like this, because you just can't. But against a guy like Verdasco it just happens more easily, or against a guy like González. Streaky players are tough to play against.
(是啊~我的確感到那樣，觀眾也很投入，特別是--我想對抗像Verdasco這樣變化很大的球員，有時候會很容易的讓你摸不到球。我想他是個情緒不穩定的球員，當他在狀態上，他非常激動，當他打得不是很好，就會變得比較沮喪，然後越打越不好。當然你對抗這樣的球員，反應也是相似的。如果有比較像Hewitt 或 Nadal的球員，你也不會起起浮浮的，因為你不能。但像對抗Verdasco這樣的球員就很容易發生，或是像對抗González也是，不穩定的球員都很難打。)
Q. I used to feel you would go through tournaments and maybe have one double fault or zero double faults. In Australia and here, two or three per match. Is that something that's troubling you, or not?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I'm not happy about serving three crazy double faults a match. You know, it's true. I rarely served double faults. When it happens to me, it's also not fun, you know.
But it's maybe just -- I've been away six weeks. Coming back and still looking for that special kick that sometimes it just doesn't quite click. But, you know, all in all I'm still pretty happy the way my serve motion is, the way I'm feeling the ball.
Today I think I clutched important serves when I had to, and those really, how you say, give you a lot of confidence. That's what I'll need against Andy, as well, in the semis. I have to make sure I serve well against him, that's for sure.
Roger Practice Time Part 1 (我覺得靜靜得看Roger訓練也挺有趣的~)
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