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Is life really that different for Roger?

17.09.2007 | Off Court

Roger sends text messages to his friends (granted, that includes Tiger), has to skip dinner (admittedly with Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller) due to work commitments and sometimes he can't get court time when he wants it.

DEUCE Magazine questioned our World No. 1 during the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati about being Roger. So, when was the last time...


I hired a tennis court?

Probably in Switzerland somewhere. I always call and say 'is it okay if I play' and sometimes it happens they say 'the court is taken at this time.' So I had to come at a different time. But I don't have to pay there anymore. Generally we struggle in Switzerland to get free practice courts but they gave me a special arrangement.

 

I played a match that no-one watched?

For a tournament match you'd probably have to go back to the juniors. It was only a practice set, but when I played Pete Sampras [at his house, before the Pacific Life Open in March] there were probably only three people watching.

 

I had to show my credential badge at a tournament?

It happens all the time because they want to scan your badge. They go after plastic, not faces.

 

I had a really unusual fan request?

I had a guy write to me asking for $10 million. He had some sort of story but it didn't make a lot of sense.

 

I changed the home page on my computer?

When we launched rogerfederer.com - of course!

 

I went somewhere and wasn't recognized?

I'm not sure about that one. It's been a while.

 

I played a competitive sport other than tennis?

Honestly, I'm very careful these days to avoid injury. I stopped playing soccer matches. I don't ski anymore. I try to save my energy.

 

I broke a string?

During practice in Dubai. In a match? It hasn't happened very often. I think it may have happened once last year when I hit the knot, but I can't remember at which tournament.

 

I visited a country for the first time?

India last year in December for UNICEF.

 

I played a practical joke in the locker room?

Basically everyday with everybody. In Cincinnati we had a fight in the locker room with Dmitry Tursunov. There were probably six people involved, including three or four players, throwing about 50 balls at each other for 15 minutes. I won! [Editor's note: Towards the end of the fight, the Penn ball mascot chose the wrong time to return to the locker room and was mercilessly pummeled.]

 

I asked someone for their autograph?

Probably Tiger for a friend of mine and Thierry Henry for a friend. That was this year.

 

I exchanged a text message with Tiger?

After he won the PGA Championships. I had style. I just wrote 'congratulations' and a little bit more. But it didn't have anything to do with 11 to 13 or anything.

 

I missed meeting a celebrity I wanted to meet?

Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller during Wimbledon. [Vogue editor-in-chief] Anna Wintour invited us over. But I said "Can't do it. Gotta stay in Wimbledon and stay serious." So I didn't go.

 

I flew economy?

[Long pause] Yeah, it's been a few years now.

 

 

 

 

With kind permission of Deuce magazine on ATPtennis.com.

 
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19.09.2007 | 05:54
i adore you Roger you are my inspiration, even i don't play tennis or any kind of sports, life it's a competition and i'll be really proud if i can handle sucessfull life as you...
love you
laways yours
Melissa
19.09.2007 | 04:49
wow Roger, this makes me like you even more! You are such a nice, humble guy. Don't ever change!! Oh by the way, can I meet Tiger Woods? haha just kidding. This article really entertained me!
Love, Sarah
19.09.2007 | 04:42
Roger it really is refreshing to have such a well rounded person be the best in the sport that we all love here! Now if only I would have the opportunity to meet you and kiera in the same sitting. What good conversations we would have.

Best of luck to
19.09.2007 | 03:24
hahahaha...FEDERER ROCKS!!!!
19.09.2007 | 03:01
Hi,Roger!I haven't seen you long time.
I wish you have a happy family.I know you are very sad in 2002,but you're still very happy.Am I OK?
You must be married with Mirka!Be fast!Be fast!OK?
19.09.2007 | 00:56
Nice way off making an interview!

Big smile to you,.... Roger

Kitty
18.09.2007 | 23:52
Well, i didn't know where to say this, i just pick first topic i could write to you. i only wanted to say this THANK YOU Roger for coming to Portugal next year, to the Estoril Open. you'll be surprised how many fans you have here! we are so happy for you
18.09.2007 | 22:08
Hi Roger. I just read that aarticle about what it's like to be you. It was pretty interesting. I had to smile when you said someone had written to you to ask you for $10,000,000. One would really have to have a really good story. It does however mak
18.09.2007 | 21:59
great answers, i want to read more of them!!!!!
18.09.2007 | 21:24
love mach roger im from in palestin looking every day I palive roger since ATP 1920 one in the warld do you have maseeage to roger I hope foual in day to roger nice to meet you