Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Quote For The Day

“I’m going to sleep well for a month. He (Djokovic) is not going to pass me anytime soon. For me, honestly, ranking two, three, four, five, 25, it doesn’t really matter a whole lot, you know. For me it is either number one or being in the main draw.” -- Roger Federer

12 comments:

oddman said...

Are you sure about that, Roger? That it doesn't really matter?

cate said...

I think he's past the "I want to be #1" stage. Like the Williams Sisters, they just want the titles and the ranking comes second.

Whatever he does, he's in the sports history books anyway.

Helen W said...

Kinda contradicts his other recent statements, doesn't it? Like how he hates hearing himself introduced as World No 2?

oddman said...

Absolutely, Helen.

Make up your mind, Fed. Or are you fickle?

What do you really want? You have a couple of months to think on it.

TopSpin said...

Agree with Cate - its all about Slams now; He probably wants to surpass Sampras' 14 Slam record (doable), and try and gain a title at Roland Garros (near impossible if Nadal is fully fit) before calling time.

If the #1 ranking comes along with that then so much the better.

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tangerine said...

It was only a few days ago when we were looking at photos of Roger and Novak laughing and yukking it up in Shanghai and now Roger's back to talking smack again, LOL. I like this bitchy-version of Roger. He clearly hates being world number two and he certainly doesn't like Novak so the thought of the Serb being only ten points away from knocking him from the hated number two spot probably makes it even worse. I think there's a lot of mixed emotions from this man.

Beth said...

That comment struck me as a total 'save face' comment. He DOES care about being ranked #1 whether he admits it or not (which, as you said helen w, he commented on relatively recently after being deposed). I think he was just trying to act nonchalant and make it like it's no big deal whether he's #1 or 25 (year right). Although I do agree at this stage in his career he is looking at titles and that ranking is less of a concern, or should be. Anyway, I just thought it was an obviously defensive comment.

rabbit said...

I may be a bit biased but honestly, I don't see the contradiction. Even when he was #1 in 2007, I think he said something like there is #1 and then the rest. At that time, people took it to be a knock against Nadal. Now, he says the same thing with him being #2 and it's a knock against Djokovic ;)

He has said repeatedly that he does want to get to #1 next year and that's one of his priorities (right after regaining Wimbledon). And what he says here doesn't contradict the fact that he hates being something other than #1. Also, I don't think he has the same mindset as Serena or Venus. Roger can't let go of tennis for an extended period. He really wants to be considered the best in the game as long as he is playing...

Des said...

He is not saying that #1 doesn't matter, people. He is saying that #2-#25 doesn't matter. Consistent with everything else he's ever said. He wants to be #1. If he can't, he hates being #2 or #3 or #25 equally.

MMT said...

I'm sure he doesn't like not being #1 anymore, but I'm also sure if you gave him a choice - continue to be #1 for the rest of your career and win no more slams, or break Sampras' record and drop out of the top 10, I'm sure he'd take the latter.

rabbit said...

MMT, I dont think the two options are mutually exclusive. In fact, I think it is not possible for him to stay #1 for the rest of his career without breaking the record of Sampras.

cate said...

I think he wants to return to the #1 spot but I don't think he wants (or will) own it as dominant as he did before. Sort of like an Agassi-ish comeback, if you will. "Hey, I'm older than most of you but I'm still better," in effect.

But right now, it's the titles that mean more to him. He's been there (at #1) and done that -- even saying that Rafa will feel the pressure now that Rafa's #1; sort of saying "I know the feeling, let's see how you deal with it."