Tennis can be a very frustrating sport. There is no way around the hard work. Embrace it. You have to put in the hours because there is always something you can improve. [Y]ou have to put in a lot of sacrifice and effort for sometimes little reward but you have to know that, if you put in the right effort, the reward will come.— Roger Federer
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There is no way around the hard work. Embrace it.
You have to believe in the long term plan you have but you need the short term goals to motivate and inspire you.
I fear no one, but respect everyone.
If you die trying, you die winning.
Once you find that peace, that place of peace and quiet, harmony and confidence, that's when you start playing your best.
I am a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me the most in difficult moments.
Previously I always thought it was just tactical and technique, but every match has become almost mental and physical - I try to push myself to move well. I try to push myself not to get upset and stay positive, and that's what my biggest improvement is over all those years. Under pressure I can see things very clear.
Seriously. I'm not playing to prove anything to journalists. I'm playing for myself, for my fans,to make people happy.
Success is a nice thing because it always means you've taken a step forward and it gives you a sense of pride, which in turn gives you confidence and experience-a positive circle, so to speak.
One or two years ago, I didn't know who I was on court and I used to swear a lot. But now I've learned how to cope and can therefore win 10 matches in a row. I want to be remembered as a good player rather than an idiot on court.
I definitely feel there's room for improvement.
Winning or losing, it's always something special and something you'll remember, even more so when the match was as dramatic as it was today. It's even more memorable when I see my kids there with my wife and everything. That's what touched me the most, to be quite honest. The disappointment of the match itself went pretty quickly.
You can be stubborn and successful or you can give it up a bit and change things around. For me it's important to have a bit of both.
My game is a lot about footwork. If I move well, I play well.
I always knew I had something special.
I love tennis! I've always felt like this because it is such a classy sport with a great, competitive flair to it.
I have two lives, and all the problems I might have, I feel like I drop them once I step on to the match court.
When I was 12 years old, I was just horrible.
My parents were ashamed to watch my matches. I would play on a court at the local club and they would watch from the balcony. They would scream, 'Be quiet' to me and I would scream back, 'Go and have a drink. Leave me alone.' Then we would drive home in a very quiet car. No one speaking to each other.
It is always in my mind still that I can crush anybody.
That's not an issue. But I think that is the same for most athletes. If you don't believe you can win tournaments anymore, then you can't do it.
Early in my career, I struggled with consistency, but I couldn't get more consistent than this year.
I'm not the kind of guy who wakes up angry.
One of my big, big strengths I think early on in my career was that I could learn very quickly. You wouldn't have to tell me the things 10 times or 50 times until I would understand them. You would only have to tell me two or three times.
Watching a movie a couple of weeks ago.
An American movie. I can't remember the name, but it wasn't even a sad movie. It caught me off guard. I was on an airplane.
I am very blessed to be able to play tennis, the sport that I love and very grateful for the opportunities to play in the finals of big events, when the season starts you are on the roll constantly and obliged to be committed to daily routines on and off the court.
I had a nice dinner. I let the evening unfold, flow. I like to sit in a chair with a wine glass. When I woke up, I thought, 'Why didn't I go to bed at 11?' I came back at 3 and went to bed at 5.
The week before the (US Open) I gave a few interviews for CNN, USA Network, New York Times, USA Today and Sports Illustrated which had been arranged beforehand. The reason for giving these interviews is not only because working with the media is just part of the job, it is much more my desire to contribute to the promotion of tennis in the U.S.
I never waited 27 years, because 27 years ago I was just born.
My parents never told me, 'If you don't win Roland Garros we take you to the orphanage.
Sometimes I am a different character in different languages.
I have different enjoyment from them. Sometimes different answers come out of me. Like, I didnt even know that about me. I get to know myself through different languages, actually.
It's just unreal, I'm shocked myself.
I've played good matches here, but never really almost destroyed somebody.
I was aware of how incredible the match was.
Unfortunately there had to be a winner. From my point of view many left feeling sorry for me instead of being happy for Rafa. Which hurts.
Hopefully I can just have another terrible year with only the one Grand Slam and that will be just fine.
I don't need to come back to Wimbledon every year because I can't live without it. I'd be totally cool without tennis.
Maybe further down the road in my career, in a couple of years when I'm maybe not that fast any more around the court, then maybe it would be good to come to the net a little bit more often
My dad said if you become a tennis professional just make sure you get into the top hundred, because you have to make a little bit of money. You make a living so you can pay your coaching and, you know, your travels.
I have a very strong opinion. I'm absolutely against it. I'm against the challenge system. I'm for the way it is right now. Don't change that.
In the locker room I was getting impatient to get on the court, I had to warm up several times.
Early in my career, I had no consistency.
Now I'm the most consistent player on the tour. It feels pretty good.
I feel a bit awkward playing in a red shirt out at Wimbledon. But I don't dislike it.
The serve, I think, is the most difficult, you know, in terms of coordination, because you got the two arms going, and you got to toss it up at the right time so.
I don't mind fans coming up in a friendly, respectful way.
That's all part of the fun of being a top tennis player. But if people take pictures without permission, particularly if my children are in the shot, I feel uncomfortable.
Being down match point, it's just not fun.
You live during the match, and you have strong emotions, but you don't want to get too overexcited. My body's totally flat now. I cannot move anymore. I'm totally exhausted, just because of the tension out there.
I'm at the top of my game so, when I win or lose, I don't freak out.
..I don't think we can call it a rivalry yet. There's just to many great players around.
I am thinking more and more about what I want to and can do after my days as an active athlete. Thoughts like family and marriage also cross my mind more and more often.
My wife doesn't like Football but she watches it just for Messi.
I'm not angry. As an athlete ... you should be open to criticism, and you're allowed to be criticized, because not everybody has the same opinion, not everybody likes the same players. The rankings are quite volatile: Today you're 'great,' tomorrow you're 'not,' but then you're 'great' again. It makes for great stories. Now, I always look at the long term and by doing that, obviously, I can stay calm through the storm.
When they [court announcers] say, 'This is the world No.
2,' it just doesn't sound right to me because either I'm No. 1 or I'm a grand slam champion. I'm not world No. 2. I just don't like the ring of it when I'm introduced on court because I've been up there for so, so long.
You know, I don't only play for the record books.
My heart is in South Africa, through my mum.
My mum being from here, me spending a lot of time here as well, I feel most connected to this part of the world.
When I think of the Olympics I only think of good things.
I think of what a great event it is and what it has done for me and my career, and changed my personal life, too.