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English Translated interview of Roger Federer with Rene Stauffer

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#1 Kishore

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:49 PM

If you reached this article,searching for Roger Federer's latest interview taken by Rene Stauffer about Federer's confirmation for playing at Swiss Indoors, Basel 2013, click here.

 

 

 

Also, in another interview , Roger Federer talked about calluses on his hand & variety of others issues, including Basel, Olympics.






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For the details of that interview about Calluses , see this interview


http://www.rogerfede...basler-zeitung/


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Now, here's the full translated interview of Roger Federer taken by Rene Stauffer ::

Please be informed that this is just a simple translation of Roger Federer interview in simple english taken by renowned swiss writer rene stauffer @staffsky for Tages Anzeiger. Here's the full swiss german interview.

http://www.tagesanze...0641/index.html

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Here's my English translated version of the same :::



Roger Federer looks ahead to a record-breaking summer in tennis. The 16-time Grand Slam winner knows that great opportunities are available to him, and he is doing everything possible to pack them.

These are the moods of Roger fedeer during his latest interview.


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is alone, without a manager, supervisor or manager without a press. The 30-year-old record Grand Slam winner has for this afternoon, half a dozen Swiss tennis journalist from Panorama Hotel Feusisberg invited. First, there is a group interview, individual interviews afterwards. Federer looks relaxed, but serious, and one senses that he is in the midst of preparing for perhaps the most important phases of his career. From the 6th May follow the great sand tournaments in Madrid, Rome and Paris as well as the events in Halle and Wimbledon lawn within two months. And then soon is the Olympic tournament on the program of 29 July to 5 August will also be held at Wimbledon.

You are in a six-week period without tournaments. Get start now for this unique summer tennis, the Olympics at Wimbledon as an encore? that I soon lost in Miami (against Andy Roddick) and we did not have to play Davis Cup, was certainly a blessing in disguise. I had more vacation, I can build better. However, this year I had left it open for anything once. If we had beaten the U.S. in Davis Cup, I might have skipped Indian Wells and Miami. From Madrid to Wimbledon, I've probably only a week off, and then follows a large workload, so it was a long pause important.

Madrid was first played on blue sand. What you say about this revolutionary new feature? I have no idea how this will come out. We were against Nadal, even vehemently, and I supported him. He is concerned that is broken with a tradition that an operator wants blue sand, the other gray, green or red. I think it is also likely because of the tradition, although I understand that you have to try new things. The sand, however, must be perfect in Madrid, otherwise there will be a debacle for the tournament.

You are not vehemently against it? I'm against it because Nadal is against it and because we had had other opportunities. But Ion Tiriac (Tournament Director) has insisted to her ears. Finally, we said: He makes a lot of good for tennis, then we can make him stop. But it is not good that he has things in hand.

They went from Miami to the Caribbean on vacation. Since when do you train again? Already towards the end of the holidays I started to train again, I let fly a sparring partner, Jesse Levine (American lefties,ATP 132). When I returned to Switzerland in mid-April, I was able to complete and start training. I had no problems with the weather, because I worked more with Pierre Paganini at the beginning of the condition. But I played enough tennis. In addition to Paul Annacone and Severin Luthi (his coach) was a week long, Michael Berrer (German, ATP 108) here. I'm fully on schedule.

Do you have respect for the challenges of this summer? Before us is a wonderful stage with many high points, there is no motivation problem. We tennis players are privileged to have so many highlights. I divide the months into two blocks: the first phase of French Open and Wimbledon, then followed by a three-week break before beginning and after the Olympic Clay season in North America.

Which tournament would you like to win in 2012: Paris, Wimbledon, U.S. Open or the Olympics? For me it was always the ultimate Wimbledon, and it remains special. That this year we have the opportunity to play there for a month after the Grand Slam tournament again in the same stadium, is a big chance for our generation. It's great that I have opportunities everywhere. I hope I can win some of these tournaments.

If you could choose: Would you prefer to Wimbledon this summer or Olympic Champion? Since I have no preference, both are equally important for me, even though not having the larger Olympic rarity value. Many people think that I would achieve more for Switzerland with an Olympic gold medal, but I do not see it quite like that. What pleases me is that we come up with a strong generation after Wimbledon, with Djokovic, Nadal, Murray and me. The tennis tournament should be on everyone's lips. That should be good publicity for the future of tennis in the Olympics.

It increases the pressure that it could be your last game? I consider it to be impossible, even in Rio to play. Pressure we have already everywhere. What the Olympic tournament makes them dangerous is that in the beginning is played over best of third Since ten weak enough minutes, and everything can be over. It's like a different discipline than the Grand Slam tournaments.

If you live during the games in a house in Wimbledon? Yes, we both tournaments during the same rented house. Once again a new one. The landlord of last year did not give the house again this year.

Is defending the title in doubles with Stanislas Wawrinka a great goal? They have hardly played together, are in any case, only the number 1272 in doubles. Yes, yes, the Olympic double is a great goal. But it's just hard for me even to compete in a double. I play so many tournaments and also had minor problems with the body. I felt my feet all the time, in Rotterdam, the Davis Cup in Dubai and also in Indian Wells. The only thing that really helps because, being on vacation, relax. It would not be smart if I did not play doubles. But I hope that before the Olympics, I still play with Wawrinka somewhere. I must go to him, he would always be ready.

Most of your fans employ two main questions: Are you the No. 1 again, and get a 17th Grand Slam title? I do not know well. But because you can see the amazing opportunities open to me yet, we are talking about absolutely huge success. This is also the reason why I train hard and give everything again. The number 1 is possible for me this year, but I have to play very well. Djokovic can win in Paris, his fourth Grand Slam title in a row, and if he can do that, it will be too difficult for me in the near future the number 1. The respect that. But yes, he has not won in Paris. And if I continue to play so well, I would at least bring in a good position - if I was to win a Grand Slam.

It would be the crowning achievement? again to be the one that would actually be the crowning achievement, absolutely, it would be incredible. That's why I'm doing all this and have played more tournaments.

In Monte Carlo you would theoretically be able to point 2. It appealed to you not to play there? Yes, but eventually it becomes too much. I then ran to the tournament in Rosmalen not only to stay a week longer to the number 1 and beat the record set by Pete Sampras.

And why have you turned down the offer, on 14 July at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid to play an exhibition match against Nadal? The date - the first Saturday after Wimbledon - I do not like at all. Since I'm on vacation. A week later I could have done it, but that was not possible. It would have been sympathetic, and I hope he has success now with Djokovic.

Their relationship has cooled to Nadal in the last few months because of disagreements? He is assigned as Vice President of the Player Council, in which you are president. We've certainly seen less. He was not in Rotterdam and Dubai, I'm not in Shanghai, he was not in Bercy. We only saw in London, Melbourne and shortly in Indian Wells. We currently have more distance, when there were times when we saw almost daily for weeks. For this reason, certain problems have arisen because we were able to communicate less, unfortunately. That should be no excuse. On the other hand, I think it is normal that we have differences of opinion. I have no problem with Nadal, no matter what he says and thinks. The important thing is that he wants to continue to move to the political events on the tour interesting and things.

Support Nadal now in the blue courts to re-create some goodwill? This has nothing to do with it. This topic was current a year ago, before our disagreements over the election of the new CEO of the ATP tour or in the calculation time in the world rankings.

You do not have much to gain as President, you came too many times in the criticism of players like Nadal, Davydenko or Stachowski. Have you ever thought to throw it all? clear: If I were to react spontaneously, I might have already resigned. But I have never felt really attacked personally. Many players also exaggerate in their threats, and then nothing happens. Some wanted too aggressive action against the Grand Slam tournaments because they find that we are too little involved in the big profits. Roland Garros and Wimbledon have now responded and answers given, are now all satisfied.

Wimbledon has just increased the prize money heavily, losing in the first Competition will receive 26 percent more than a year ago. Is this the way a success for the Council? Yes, that's a success for everyone involved. It is important that the Grand Slams are fair. You can do whatever they want because they have their status to secure. In the last ten years, the prize money was raised primarily for the finals, now it was important that the others come into play once again. The tournaments are doing better and better as the players should get something back. It must indeed be not just 50 percent, as in the NBA (basketball), but not as much as the U.S. Open.

At the French Open is next to Nadal Djokovic write history, if he his 7th Title outdated. See you in Paris as a potential spoilsport? No. But it is incredible for Djokovic, now that he is able to bring his fourth major title in a row. I had the opportunity itself twice, Nadal offered a chance in 2011 in Melbourne. This happened in the history of tennis has never been that three players in such a short time had the opportunity. I think it's great that at present the best play all that good. Unless I win a tournament, it's usually another one of the Top 4 That's pretty incredible.

They were in the past months, the overall shape strongest player, but you now have something in the shadow of Nadal and Djokovic. Does that bother you? That's because I did not play in Monte Carlo, Djokovic won in Miami and Nadal in Monte Carlo. One has only once on holiday, everything is already different. . . But I enjoy it, too, completely submerge to talk to anyone. I am otherwise omnipresent, in tennis, in Switzerland. I am satisfied with my situation.

Do you find yourself here, think about your life after tennis? Your girls are bigger, will soon be three years old. What kind of influence? It is particularly permeable. Right now we are wondering about where we want to live once, where they go to school. This is not yet defined. There are little things that I need to decide slowly. It's nice that I can influence their way, almost every day, with the education, the rules we set. I'm already more frequently, what I would do if I had left off. Whether coaching, I would occasionally deny exhibition matches, such as Pete Sampras. . .

. . . or senior tournaments such as the Zurich Open in the indoor sports hall. . . Exactly. Right now I have no idea. It would depend on how fit I am still, how much I still want to travel as much concerns me my foundation. There are many possibilities, I have met so many people. But ultimately I am aware that I am a tennis player, that's what I want to be liked, and the fact we are focusing. The rest can wait.

You have purchased a property in Herrliberg. Is it clear that you will live there once? There is an option to build something there. We have not yet decided.

Do you want more children? Now we enjoy the little ones, they keep us busy enough. I assume that we discuss next year. Currently, this decision is something in the distance.

They were in the stadium in Berne, as the ZSC won the Ice Hockey World Championship. They looked a little shocked, or the mistaken impression? It left me quite cold. I sat with Seve (Luthi) there, and he was extreme for the SCB. As the gate fell, I thought, my God, this can not be. But that's why we like to watch sports, because we do not know what will happen. It was brutal for the SCB, but an incredible performance of the ZSC. To me it was fun, I look very much like hockey. But I felt sorry for the Bernese fans and players. But their chance to live with and something you have had to.



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Posted 26 April 2012 - 11:48 PM

For all those who like to read just brief details ::::::



These are the highlights of what ROGER Federer had to say:


Roger Federer: "Becoming World No. 1 again is absolutely possible for me if I do play good Tennis. That is why I practice hard."



Is defending your doubles gold medal at the olympics an important goal? Roger Federer: "Yes, absolutely. It's a big goal.


Q: Do u feel pressure to win Olympic Gold this year, cuz it might be your last? Roger Federer: "It's not unthinkable that I play in Rio."



RF: Interesting 2 follow the Rafa-Nole-rivalry. For my part: I'm away for a vacation & totally out of the conversation.



Roger Federer: "Becoming World Number 1 again would be a crowning moment."


R. Federer about blue clay: "I am against it because Rafa is against it. I support him, if he says that this is against Tennis tradition."


But how ever, the Tournament director I.e. Monte Carlo Masters romanian director Ion put too much pressure on ATP....


Roger Federer about the twins: "Mirka and I are thinking about where Charlene and Myla-Rose should go to school."


Roger Federer about having more kids: "I guess that Mirka and I will discuss 'that' next year."



Roger Federer 's biggest goal right now: "to win in Wimbledon - either the GS or the olympic gold. he said they are equal for him. "

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:25 AM

The most amazing point of his interview for me --


A) How he made it clear that he is with Rafael Nadal on Blue Clay



So, good to see legends united, good answer to hate mongers..



B) Also, how he made it clear that the Madrid Open Director put pressure on ATP for the blue clay




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Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:30 AM

Also, RF made a very interesting point...


When asked how does it feel to think that Nole will be chasing a Grand slam.....


He said, it feels great to think that how Nole has become the 3rd player in this current generation after Rafa & him to try for four consecutive slams...

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:01 AM

What most satisfying is the fact that Roger Federer even hinted that he is not ruling out playing in the 2016 Rio Olympics....



Hope & pray he plays till 2016 Olympics , thou, will be even more happy to see him playing till 2024 Olympics :-)..........

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:03 AM

also, roger will be playing in the doubles at Olympics too.... Thou, playing in the mixed doubles is out of window as no Swiss female is currently ranked in top 100 in doubles or singles....

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:05 AM

isn't it amazing how frankly he answered every thing including about Family expansion.. I have never seen a celeb answering every thing so frankly ....

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:29 PM

as tweeted by @staffsky himself, here is another translated english version for y'all


„To be

#1

again would be a crowning moment”



By René Stauffer



Roger Federer is looking ahead to a centenary summer in tennis. The 16 times Grand Slam winner knows which big chances he has and does everything in order to use them.



Roger Federer arrives alone, without his manager, without press advisors or overseer. The 30 years old Grand Slam record winner has invited 6 Swiss tennis journalists into the Panaroma hotel Feusisberg. At first there is a group interview and afterwards one-on-one interviews. Federer seems at ease but serious and it feels that he is in the middle of the preparation for one of the most important stages in his career.


From May 6th there will be the big clay tournaments in Madrid, Rome and Paris and the grass events in Halle and Wimbledon within 2 months. And then there is the Olympic tournament which takes place in Wimbledon from July 29th to August 5th.



You are in a six weeks stage without a tournament. Do you make the attempt now for this unique tennis summer with the Olympic Games in Wimbledon as an extra bonus?



That I lost early in Miami (against Andy Roddick) and we didn’t have to play in the Davis Cup was surely quite lucky under the circumstances. I had more vacations and can do a better build-up. But I left everything open this year. When we had won in the Davis Cup against the USA I would have maybe skipped Indian Wells and Miami. From Madrid to Wimbledon I will maybe only have one free week and afterwards there will also be a huge stint and therefore a longer break was necessary.



Madrid will be played on blue clay for the first time. What do you say about this revolutionary innovation?



I have no idea how this will go to be. We were against it, Nadal even vehemently and I support him. He fears that a tradition is getting broken and that one tournament director wants to have blue clay, the other one grey, green or red one. I’m also for traditions but I can understand it that new things have to get tested. The clay in Madrid has to be perfect though otherwise it will be a debacle for the tournament.



You are not vehemently against it?



I’m against it because Nadal is against it and we would have other options. But tournament director Ion Tirias has insisted ad nauseam. In the end we said: He does a lot of good things for tennis so we let him go with this one. But it isn’t good that he has such things in his hands.



You went from Miami to vacations in the Caribbean. When did you start to practice again?



Already at the end of the holidays I started to practice again. I let Jesse Levine fly in as a sparringpartner. When I came back to Switzerland in the middle of April I fully started to practice. I didn’t had any problems with the weather as I started to work on my condition with Pierre Paganini first. But I played enough tennis. Beside Paul Annacone and Severin Lüthi there was Michael Berrer here for a week. I’m totally on the timetable.



Do you have respect of all the waiting challenges during this summer?



There is a wonderful stage ahead of us with many highlights. Therefore the motivation isn’t a problem. We tennisplayers are really privileged to have so many highlights. I divide the next months in 2 blocks: First the stage with French Open and Wimbledon, then a 3 weeks break before the Olympic Games and the hardcourt season in North America.



Which tournament would you like to win in 2012 the most: Paris, Wimbledon, Olympic Games or US Open?



For me Wimbledon has always been the nonplusultra and it is still special for me.


That we have the chance this year to play there in the same stadion one month after the Grand Slam tournament is huge luck for our generation. It is nice for me to have chances everywhere. I hope that I can win a few of those tournaments.




If you could choose: Would you prefer to be Wimbledon- or Olympic Games winner this summer?



I don’t have any preference there, both is equally important to me even though Olympic Games has the bigger scarcity value. Many people think that I would reach more for Switzerland with a victory at the Olympics but I don’t see it like this. It gives me pleasure that we go to Wimbledon with a strong generation – with Djokovic, Nadal, Murray and I. The tennis tournament will be on everyone’s lips. This should be good promotion for the future of tennis at the Olympic Games.



Does it increase the pressure that it could be your last Olympic Games?



I don’t think it’s impossible to play in Rio as well. We have pressure everywhere. What makes the Olympic tournament dangerous is the fact that it will be played over best of 3 at the beginning. 10 weak minutes will be enough and everything can be over. It’s another event like the Grand Slam tournaments.



Will you stay in a house in Wimbledon for the Olympic Games as well?



Yes, we have rent the same house for both tournaments. It will be a new one again. The lessor from last year didn’t want to give us the house this year again.



Is it a big aim for you to defend the title in doubles with Stanislas Wawrinka? You only played seldomly together and are only ranked

#1272

in doubles.



The doubles in the Olympics are a huge aim for sure. But it is difficult for me to play there as well. I play so many tournaments and had minor problems with the body. I felt my feet the whole time in Rotterdam, the Davis Cup and also in Indian Wells. The only thing which is going to help you is vacations and rest. It wouldn’t be smart to play doubles beside singles. But I hope that I can play somewhere before the Olympics with Wawrinka. I have to approach him, he is always accessible.



Most of your fans think mainly about two questions: Do you get back to

#1

and win a 17th Grand Slam title?



I don’t know. But you can see which incredible chances I still have. We talk about absolutely big success here. That is also the reason why I work hard and give everything. The

#1

is possible for me this year but I have to play extremely well. Djokovic can win his 4th consecutive Grand Slam title in Paris and when he manages to do this it will be very difficult for me to get

#1

within the next time. You have to respect this. But he hasn’t won in Paris yet and when I continue to play well I am at least in a good position – if I would be able to win a Grand Slam title.



Would it be the crowning moment?



To get back to

#1

would indeed be a crowning moment, absolutely, it would be incredible. Therefore I’m doing everything for it and played more tournaments.



In Monte Carlo you could have theoretically get back

#2

. Didn’t you felt tempted to play there?



Yes, but at some point it gets too much. I didn’t played the tournament in Rosmalen back then when I could have stayed

#1

for one more week and break the record of Pete Sampras.



Why have you refused the offer to play a show match in the Bernabeu stadion of Madrid on July 14th against Nadal?



The date – the first Saturday after Wimbledon – doesn’t fit me at all. I will be on vacations then. I could have done it one week later but it wasn’t possible. It would have been great and I now hope that he will have success with Djokovic.



Has your relationship with Nadal in the last months cooled down because of the dissensions you had?


He has stepped down from his position as vice precident of the players council – of which you are the president.



We surely have seen each other not that often. He wasn’t in Rotterdam and Dubai, I wasn’t in Shanghai and he wasn’t in Bercy. We only saw each other in London, Melbourne and briefly in Indian Wells. We have a bit more distance at the moment compared to times when we saw each other for weeks nearly daily. That’s one of the reasons why there have occurred certain problems as we couldn’t communicate that often. That shouldn’t be an excuse though. But I also think it’s normal that we have differences in opinion. I don’t have a problem with Nadal no matter what he says or thinks. What’s important is that he keeps on being interested in the political goings-on on the tour and that he wants to actuate things.



Do you support Nadal with the blue courts to enhance the goodwill again?



That has nothing to do with it. This topic has been talked about one year ago before our dissensions about the election of the new ATP president or the system of the world rankings.



There’s not much to win for you as president and you already got criticizes by players as Nadal, Stakhovsky or Davydenko. Haven’t you ever thought about to chuck in the job?



When I would react spontaneously I would have maybe already resigned. But I never felt personally attacked. Many players exaggerate with their threats and then nothing is gonna happen anyway. Some wanted to go against the Grand Slam tournaments way to aggressively as they think that they don’t get enough of the big profits. Roland Garros and Wimbledon have meanwhile reacted and gave answers and now everyone is more satisfied.



Wimbledon has increased the price money now. Players who lose in the first round get 26 % more as last year. Is this a way for success for the council?



Yes, that’s a success for all involved. Important is that the Grand Slam tournaments are fair. They can do whatever they want as they have a secure status. In the last 10 years the price money mainly has been increased for the later rounds and now it was important that the others would get a chance. The tournaments are in better positions and now the players get something back. It doesn’t have to be 50 % like it has been in the NBA but also not that less as at the US Open.



At the French Open Nadal can write history beside Djokovic when he wins his 7th title. Do you see yourself as a potential spoilsport in Paris?



No. But it is incredible for Djokovic that he gets the chance to win his fourth consecutive major title. I had the same chance twice and Nadal had it in 2011 in Melbourne. It has never happened in the history of tennis that three players had this kind of chance within such a short time. I think it’s great that the best players play that well at the moment. When I don’t win a tournament it’s most of the time another player of the Top 4. That’s quite incredible.



You have been the most in-form player overall in the last months but neverless you are still a bit in the shadow of Nadal and Djokovic. Do you mind this?



It also has to do with the fact that I didn’t play in Monte Carlo whilst Djokovic won in Miami and Nadal in Monte Carlo. You only have to go on vacation and everything is different… But I really enjoy it to completely disappear and don’t have to talk with anyone. I’m omnipresent all the other time – in tennis, in Switzerland. I’m pleased with my situation.



Do you catch yourself thinking about your life after tennis? Your girls are growing-up and are nearly 3 years old. What kind of influence does this have?



It’s a great situation for us. At the moment we think about where we want to live one day, where the girls go to school. That hasn’t been decided yet. There are small things which I have to decide slowly. It is nice for me that I can influence their way, nearly day by day with our education and the rules we make for them. I’m often thinking about what I would do when I would stop to play tennis. If I would work as a coach, play showmatches from time to time as Pete Sampras…



… or senior tournaments as the Zurich Open in the Saalsporthalle…



Exactly. I don’t have an idea yet. It depends how fit I would be, how much I would like to travel, how much I’m occupied with my foundation. A lot of things are possible as I met so many people. But I know that I’m a tennisplayer and that is what I want to be – and that’s what we concentrate on fully now. Everything else can wait.



You bought a property in Herrliberg. Is it decided that you are going to live there one day?



It is an option to build something there but we haven’t decided anything yet.



Do you want to have more children?



We are enjoying the little ones yet which keep us on the run the whole time. I think we will talk about it next year. At the moment this decision is a bit afar.



You were in the stadion when the ZSC won the ice hockey championship. You looked a bit shocked or is this the wrong impression?



No, I wasn’t unmoved. I sat there with Seve (Lüthi) and he was extremely for the SCB. At the deciding goal I thought: “Oh my god, that can’t be true.” But this is why we like to watch sport as we don’t know what is going to happen. It was brutal for the SCB but an incredible performance by ZSC. I had a lot of fun as I like to watch icehockey. But I felt sorry for the Berner fans and players. But they had their chances and you have to live with something like this.



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Posted 22 April 2013 - 06:52 PM

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