During an interview, the man who owns a 14-match Wimbledon winning
streak revealed one of his earliest childhood memories is a vividly
painful Wimbledon loss.
"I remember crying in my living room when Boris Becker, who was my
big idol then, los the Wimbledon final to Edberg in 1988, I think,"
Federer said. "I was probably seven at the time and I remember crying."
"Sometimes I do (miss the fact I didn't have a traditional childhood),"
Federer said. "I miss the easy life — the parties and things — that
people experience growing up. I have friends who are totally normal. I
travel too much to be normal (smiles), but through this life I have
learned a lot about many different cultures so I wouldn't change it."
"I had very little power on my backhand when I was younger," Federer
said. "I could only slice the ball, I could not drive it and I think because
of that it helped me develop other options and figure out other ways on
the court. Sometimes now, when I play someone with a strong double-
handed backhand it can still be tough. Of all my shots, my backhand
maybe looks the nicest, but it doesn't always work the way I would like
Asked to assess his greatest strength, Federer did not not hesitate in
identifying the weapon opponents have long sought to avoid. If Federer's
backhand his the scalpel that can slice apart opponents, his forehand is
the sledgehammer that can slam holes in their defense.
"My forehand is always there," Federer said. "It is my best shot, I think,
and the one that is most dangerous to my opponents. I think the my
overall game, that I try to hit mix it up and can hit all shots, is a good
About the only shot Federer doesn't enjoy hitting is the drop shot.
"I'm not a big fan of the drop shot — it's like a panic shot to me,"
Federer said with a smile. "Look at my matches and you'll see I only do
it when I'm not feeling well or tired."
Despite the fact he leads the ATP Tour with eight tournament titles on
the year and is undefeated in finals this year, Federer says he still feels
the freeze before finals.
"Yes, I still get nervous," Federer said. "Even before doing TV
interviews, I still get nervous. Before finals, I get cold hands. It's just a
different feeling unlike any other match. But you play two games and it
usually goes away."
The 23-year-old Federer came face to face with his favorite player —
14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras — for the only time in his
career in the fourth round of the 2001 Wimbledon. Wielding a Wilson
Pro Staff and playing an aggressive all-court style similar to Sampras,
Federer shocked Sampras, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 to snap Sampras' 31-
match Wimbledon win streak in what some spectators saw as a passing of
the torch between the former and future champion. Federer said Sampras
is the best player he's ever seen.
個大滿貫的Pete Sampras—— 也是唯一的一次在職業生涯中,在2001溫
布頓第四輪,以7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 的比數打斷了Sampras第三十一場
"I'd go with Pete Sampras (as the best player I've seen)," Federer said. "I
was lucky enough to face him at Wimbledon and break his streak.
People like to compare me to him, but what he's accomplished — 14
Grand Slams and six straight years at No. 1 — is an amazing
achievement and hard for anyone to live up to that."
「我會像Pete Sampras一樣 (像我曾經看過的最好的球員),」Federer說,
Among the other Federer-revelations: he speaks "three and a half
languages — French, German, English and Swiss-German" (his
girlfriend, Mirka Vavrinec, said when Federer talks in his sleep he
speaks in English); is an avid soccer fan, but rarely plays anymore due to
the risk of injury; and loves the music of Lenny Kravitz.—
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