TENNIS MASTERS CUP
November 14, 2008
A. MURRAY/R. Federer
4-6, 7-6, 7-5
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Give us some comment on the crowd. They're
always with you whenever you perform.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, it was definitely a
great match for the fans, no doubt. Yeah, people
know how much I appreciate it, you know, when
the fans around the world cheer me on.
It's definitely nice to see they were so much
behind me. I know I have great fans here in
China, so I'm looking forward to come back next
Q. Was there any stage in the match when you
ROGER FEDERER: I don't quit once I step on
court. Guess you got to drill me one in the eye,
then maybe. But otherwise I don't quit.
Q. Can you tell us how your back was.
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, back was, you know, okay.
Under the circumstances, obviously also getting
stiffer, you know, but that's more muscular.
That's okay. That you can handle.
But I guess there's a lot of compensation going
on already the last few days. So body was
hurting, you know. Normally best-of-three match,
it's peanuts. So it was a pity I couldn't handle
Q. It's a pity this is your last match of the
2008 season. Could you give us some comments on
the whole season of 2008.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, it was a good
season. I was happy I could win the US Open for
the fifth straight. I'm looking forward to next
year, you know, to go for six. It was an
incredible match at Wimbledon, you know, to be
part of, so that was good, as well.
Obviously very emotional victories, again, in
Basel, my hometown. And winning the Olympic gold
for Switzerland was a big moment for me. It's
been a good year, you know. But tough to start
off with. Tough to end.
So obviously a little bit of mixed feelings. But
I think it gives me the opportunity to start
over all new again next year.
Q. At the end of the first set you looked in a
pretty good situation. What happened at the
beginning of the second? Was it a mental
ROGER FEDERER: I was actually very happy,
considering how poorly I played the first two
matches, how I came out today and played. You
know, I mean, I played offensive, aggressive. I
took the chances. You know, it worked well. He
didn't get the serves pass me like he did in
Madrid, so that was good for me.
You know, I was mixing it up well from the
baseline. I was coming in, staying back. You
know, I'm definitely not great on my serve yet.
You know, I mean, I can't mix it up. You know,
my first serve, my second serve, I'm not using
the kick a whole lot.
That then takes away options. That then takes
away surprise. That then makes it difficult.
Because I'm not used to playing like that. So I
knew -- I mean, Andy's a good player. I think he
started off I think with a return winner,
Love-15, Love-30, then it goes pretty quickly.
Yeah, I mean, I was already getting tired, you
know, just because of everything I went through
this week. So considering, I'm actually pretty
Q. If you had gone through, how much energy
would you have to play tomorrow and how much
energy do you think that match has taken out of
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, look, pretty happy I don't
have a match tomorrow, to be honest. You know, I
mean, wouldn't have been a whole lot of fun to
go out there. I would have played Davydenko, is
that correct? That wouldn't have been a whole
lot of fun. Against him, you have to defend and
run and stuff.
So, yeah, look, it's over right now. Of course
I'm disappointed. You know, I mean, I wish I
could have played the matches I played here this
week, you know, under better circumstances. But,
you know, I tried. I almost made a miracle
happen, you know. I can't believe how close I
got, to be honest. So I'm actually very happy.
Q. You won the US Open this year, but you could
not get the title Masters Series under this
Masters Cup. I think it is not enough for you.
Do you agree with this?
ROGER FEDERER: What's enough for you? You tell
me. I'll do it next year. Win nine. I'll do nine
next year, okay. Eight, whatever.
Q. Can you break it down for us about your back,
how much it affected you, at what point it was
bothering you the most, if it affected your
serves, groundstrokes, volleys, your strategy?
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, yeah, definitely -- you
know, look, when you play on the offensive, it's
you who decide how you move, where you put the
ball. When you're on the defensive, you know,
this is where you can't control what you're
going to do.
Obviously you have to always pick the offensive
game plan. That then has a lot to do with a lot
of errors. Sometimes you look like an idiot, as
well. But you don't have an option sometimes.
The first match for me was key just to sort of
actually feel like the back was okay so I could
actually play the Tennis Masters Cup because I
didn't force it before, which then, you know,
created a whole lot of other things:
compensation, unbelievable muscle pain after a
I play four hours in slams, it's not a problem.
Here I play two hours, in the morning I can
hardly wake up. On top of that, I got sick. All
those things just made it really difficult
today, this week.
But on the serve, I never felt comfortable all
week. You know, I started to feel better and
better as the tournament went on, but today
obviously energy sort of went away. It's not
easy to all of a sudden say, Okay, I guess the
back's fine; let's just go full on. Always a
little bit worried.
But still happy the season is over. Hope I can
recover from all of what happened this week
because it was tough, so we'll see how I'll feel
next year again.
Q. Would you say this is the strongest top 10
we've had in many years? Are you excited about
ROGER FEDERER: No, I wouldn't say that. I mean,
we've always had a good top 10ers all the way
through. Remember when Agassi and Sampras
played? They were okay. Before that we had some
great ones, as well.
I mean, you know, a lot of young guys here. You
know, they're doing well. So, no, it's exciting
for tennis at the moment. You know, I'm excited
to see how they'll handle next year under the
pressure, because they've had a good year now.
But, yeah, things are looking good for next year
Q. It's early days, but is it possible that you
and Andy Murray could develop into a similar
sort of rivalry you've had with Rafa?
ROGER FEDERER: Hmm. I mean, difficult, I guess.
At the moment it's Rafa and myself. I really
still feel it's that way because, what has it
been, three French Open finals in a row, plus a
semi, plus two Wimbledon finals in a row. You
know, or three.
Yeah, so we've played on so many occasions, big
events. So, I mean, we still have to play a few
more Grand Slam finals. If that's the case, I'm
very happy from my side.
Q. How much do you think that might have taken
out of Murray today?
ROGER FEDERER: Not my problem. I hope it's going
to be good matches tomorrow and the weekend. I
mean, that's really what I care about. It's
going to be hopefully good for tennis, you know.
Three new faces. I hope the crowd's excited
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