Q. Can you talk about the conditions out there today? Specifically, the heat early on and then the wind later in the match.
ROGER FEDERER: Um, yeah, I mean, it was a little bit warmer at the
beginning and at the end of the match, but I thought the wind gave it a
bit of a cooling factor today.I don't know if it was hotter yesterday or
today. I really don't know, but for me it wasn't a problem, anyway.
Q. In this extreme heat, have you lost any weight? I know some commentators mentioned you've been looking a little skinny.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I don't know. The match wasn't that long, and I
played like an hour the last two days. So I don't think there's much I
was eating more than I was practicing, so... No, I mean, I thought it
was warm, but I don't think it was brutal, you know. Sure, out on the
court it always gets warmer than elsewhere because of, you know, the
concrete and all that stuff that reflects back from the court, as well.
Obviously if you have tough rallies it's tough anywhere but especially
if it's humid and hot, sure, you feel it. But I don't know. We practice
hard to be fit for those conditions, as well.
Q. You mentioned that you had muscle pain in Toronto; earlier this week you were talking about it. How are you feeling now?
ROGER FEDERER: No problem. The body has gotten used to playing
matches and serving one after another, returning one after another, for
three, four hours in a row. So I have no muscle pain anymore, and it's
about just, you know, saving your energy for the really big match coming
up, maybe the next one. Who knows?
Q. At this point in your career, is it any more important for you to
make sure you get off court as soon and quickly as possible?
ROGER FEDERER: No, not really. I feel it's the same. I guess now it's
almost easier to handle tougher matches, really, just because you know
what your body can take. You know what's just muscle pain, you know
what's more injuries, you know what's tiredness; whereas when you're
younger that kind of hits you like a truck, and all of a sudden you
realize you have no more energy and mentally it's a big push when you're
young.You know, and I had it twice at the French against Corretja. I
think both times I kind of got into it. Once I got into the third or
fourth round of the Major I was just so tired from playing. I think
today it's much easier to cope with that.
Q. After last night's match, Andy Roddick's
opponent said he didn't think Roddick was as aggressive as he should be
in that match, and it's pretty well known he should be more aggressive.
What's your opinion of Roddick's degree of aggressiveness and his
approach in the court?
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, he played well in Indian Wells and Miami.
You figure he knows what he's doing. If he keeps that up, he's gonna
have a shot at a title here. Obviously it's a big surprise for me to see
him go out, even though Tipsarevic is a good player. I beat him at the
Australian once 9 7 in the fifth. That was a phase I had mono, and so
it's kind of somewhat of a similar situation, I guess. Andy had signs of
it now, as well. Look, him and his coach need to know what's best for
him. The guy played well yesterday. It was a tough match for Andy, and I
feel bad for him.
Q. You alluded earlier to the short durations of your first two
matches, two straight set win. Is this sort of the perfect way, in terms
of looking at the way you're launching this particular campaign? Do you
feel like you're you've gotten off to a more or less good start?
ROGER FEDERER: No, it's the perfect start, sure. I played Monday, had
two days off. I had another easy one physically today, and here I am in
the third round feeling like I'm completely in the tournament. I got a
sense for how the court speed is again. I got the sense of, you know,
the crowd and the wind now as well. I played one night, one day. I have
all the answers after two matches. Obviously they weren't the most
difficult matches, you know. I didn't have to save multiple breakpoints
or whatever. Even though I got broken today, I feel really good. Tougher
matches will only be coming up now, I guess. I underestimate nobody.
But today was already, you know, a little bit dangerous of an opponent.
He hits hard, flat, and through the wind it's not so easy to all of a
sudden try to brush up the ball because you shank a lot so you start
playing more careful. It's gonna be interesting to see how the Saturday
conditions are going to be with the hurricane sort of moving in. We'll
see how that goes.
Q. The women's top seed is Wozniacki, also one of the youngest players. What do you make of her success?
ROGER FEDERER: I obviously haven't seen her play so much. Definitely
not as young as when Martina and Capriati and Serena all came up. They
were all 15, 16, and you knew they were going to be future No. 1s in the
world and win Grand Slams. That doesn't happen so much in the women's
game, and actually in the men's game you don't have any teenagers in the
top 100, which I think is a bit unfortunate. But games are getting more
physical and more tough now. It's just hard to kind of breakthrough
sometimes, I guess. But seems like she's doing great. She's No. 1 seed
obviously because Serena is not here, but she's doing great in all other
events, playing a full schedule. I'm sure that's one of the reasons
she's ranked up high.
Q. Have you seen any huge improvements in your style lately with Paul on your team now?
ROGER FEDERER: No. I mean, when I'm playing great, regardless of
who's in my player box, I can beat anybody, you know. It's about being
consistent and being confident in the way I play. I'm not all of a
sudden going to play a two handed backhand or serve and volley on my
second serve nonstop. It's just not gonna happen. It's in the details,
and it's very important to me what Paul tells me and what Severin also
tells me, who I've been with for three years now. It's an interesting,
you know, time right now, because I went through times where I thought
every time was interesting for me, because I went through times where I
didn't have a coach, I had times where I had two coaches, as well, one
coach. Here we are at the stage again where there's someone new to the
team, and I kind of like those times, yeah.
Q. You're the only past champion left in the men's tournament. How
much of an advantage is that, or a help is that, knowing you've done it
in the past versus other players who are trying to but don't know that
they can, because they haven't?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, it's definitely an advantage, I would
think, yeah, because weathering the conditions here in New York. A lot
of players can really do well here in New York because it's a fair kind
of a court. It's a quick court, so if you're not feeling well, it can
all of a sudden slip away from you. So it's a dangerous court to play
on, and everybody has the last slam left to prove. I think that's why it
makes it really hard to win. You could be unlucky and get hit with a
really hot day or a very windy day, and not even in your control
sometimes you lose a match here. That's where it's important like today
to get through easily instead of maybe going five hour match, you know,
and losing the tournament because of a match like this, you know. Yeah, I
mean, I would consider it as an advantage. But again, I'm not at match
point serving for it, so still a lot of hard work to do.
Q. In the last couple of days, several people have spoken about the shot you made the other day through your legs.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah.
Q. But Novak Djokovic said he didn't need to see that one. The one he saw last year...
ROGER FEDERER: Was enough for him? Okay.
Q. How do you look back at the shot you made against him last year, and what made it special for you?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, being all of a sudden center court
always helps because you get every angle of the shot. That just helps
the spectators, the media, for me as well, for the players. I mean, you
can see it so many different ways, which is fantastic; whereas this year
I think I hit it from the other side of the court, so I'm not sure we
have as many camera angles like last year. But it was just a moment,
semifinals on center court against Novak, Love 30 and going -- getting
match point, and after that playing on a high end, ripping another
forehand winner on the second serve of Novak to clinch the match.
Everything was just like boom, over, with fireworks, you know. I think
that's what was so special about last year, I thought.
Q. What goes through your mind when you see replays of that point?
ROGER FEDERER: I like it and I smile, of course, like everybody would.
Q. In the spring and in Paris there was a lot of talk about new string.
ROGER FEDERER: About?
Q. Advances in a new string from Babolat. Are you an equipment guy in
that when you hear about new equipment or strings or racquets, you test
things, or are you very conservative when you have your equipment and
you stick with it? Pete always...
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember Pete wasn't very flexible when it
came to all that stuff. I think it's hard, because if we had a five
months offseason, we could just go out and just test anything. You know,
like work on your game and completely come out five months later and
you're like, you know, This guy's playing different than he was five
months ago. We don't have that, so you have a tendency to be very
cautious about how much testing you go through, because you don't want
to waste days and stuff on testing and all that stuff. Honestly I'm
always very open, and I talk to Wilson very openly about, Is there
another racquet you guys think I should be testing? I've tried out some
other things again, you know, the other year. And with strings the same
thing, even though I've been playing with the same string now for eight
years. It's what many guys do, is like the half gut, half synthetic,
Luxilon. So that's been working well for me. The others talk about
something else. Obviously if some of the top guys use it, it becomes
bigger news than if No. 75 in the world uses it. But I think it's
important to stay open for changes and just not get stuck in a bubble
and think what I got is perfect. Who knows, maybe there's something very
good as well out there that you haven't seen yet.
Q. What do you think about Russian tennis? Maybe have some Russian friends on tour?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, Russia's always been very strong,
especially on the women's side lately. Obviously when I came up, Yevgeny
was there, Marat. I came with Marat through the juniors, and then once
they kind of went away we have had Davydenko at the top for five years
now. I don't think if he would have been injured so much, always at
crucial times, he could have been even maybe top 3 in the world, top 2
in the world, if things would have gone really well for him. They're all
very good, all very talented. I'm sure there is no change in the
future. They will always be very strong, have very strong will.
Q. I just wanted to ask you about a habit of yours, kind of helping
the ball boys out during matches, and do you do it sort of out of a
sense of politeness or playfulness, or does it help your game? Help in
the match? Comment on that.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I don't know. Depends how the points are
being played. If balls end up on my side of the court, then I like to
get the ball from them and get it on the other side real quick, you
know. These guys catch the ball really well here at the US Open, all
those ball boys. You know, they're not 10 years old, so they know --
they're really, really good, and that's why you can play around with it a
little bit. I don't know if they enjoy it. I like it. They're always
ready to catch it, anyway. Seems like they're just waiting for it. I
don't know. I like to have a good flow of the match so spectators don't
have to wait so much, and also my opponent. I just kind of think it's a
Q. Two matches in, do you feel like your game and your body are exactly where you want them to be?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, body is well. Mentally obviously I'm fresh, too.
I haven't played much, so I'm really eager to, you know -- looking
forward to -- I'm ready, anyway, for tough matches coming around. It's
good I'm saving myself, really, and my game is fine. You know, today
it's tough to judge, because it was quite windy at the end. It's just a
matter of getting through those kind of matches, really.
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