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Rafa has presented me with the biggest challenge in the game.feedback
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May 26 2017
Roger Federer has been quoted 87 times in 36 different articles. On this page, you will find all of Roger Federer’s quotes organized by date and topic. Alongside each quote is a link back to the article where the quote was reported, so you can go back to the source for more context if you need it. Topics that Roger Federer speaks about are Australia, Stan, and match, for example. Most recently, Roger Federer was quoted in the article Skipping French Open Is a Strategy That Fits Roger Federer saying, “I need to recognize that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward.”.
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I had belief I could turn it around, even then, . I got incredibly lucky. Could have gone either way. Felt like maybe this one I should have lost.feedback

Is it the best I've ever played? For me, it's hard to say yes to that question. ... Maybe on the offensive side, overall, I think I'm doing definitely a few things better than I ever have. I do feel that I have improved. The game has evolved, I had to adjust, but overall I do believe I'm probably a better player than I was 10 years ago.feedback

I think coming out of a brutal match and then feeling fit like a fiddle in the morning, it's like when you go clubbing. You know, you don't feel the same when you're older. It's a good example because everybody knows that feeling. Not that I've ever -- you know?feedback

This isn't fun anymore. You have to be careful not to play too conservative when it matters, because you've seen too many times what can happen if you don't. But when you have a young mind, you just go for it sometimes. That's when great things happen, when you play committed tennis. For me, it's always a balance; play the percentages, yet play free and young in the mind.feedback

I believed I could turn it around, I was feeling it. Whereas in other matches, when you don't feel it, sometimes you're like mentally at the plane already. Maybe you think, You never know.' But things never turn around if you give it the old 'never know' play.feedback

I enjoy playing tiebreakers. They're sometimes what wins you tournaments.feedback

I would love to play against (del Potro). We've had some epic matches against each other. I'm sure the crowd would love to see it.feedback

Stan missed a first serve and then it was second serve, step in and stay aggressive, come to the net and finish. You vision it, and you do it. And it's so simple, and when you can't play that way, everything becomes so complex. I know I'm riding a wave right now.feedback

I think as long as the body is this way and I can remind myself, don't play with fear and don't play with too much pressure and don't try to do well, I'll be able to play like this. But the body needs to be there so the mind will follow.feedback

I'm as surprised as everybody else. I did hear about Andy having some issues in Dubai already with his arm but only, like, vaguely.feedback

It's great, but you definitely have to reassess your goals maybe now and see, where do you go from here? Because this was not part of the plan, to win Australia and Indian Wells, I can tell you that.feedback

I didn't know right away, because I've never been an injured guy, per se. But I realized by October what an opportunity it was to be injured and what it could mean for the rest of my career. I didn't think it was going to be this beautiful, but I'll take it. Look, it takes its toll. It's going to be interesting who picks it up faster of the two guys – Novak or Andy – now. I guess I achieved that.feedback

I was actually really looking forward to the match. That's just how tennis goes. It's a pity, but I'm really happy with my time in Indian Wells.feedback

It's a nice feeling to win the last three, I can tell you that. After the Australian hype, to play here in America right away, all of them are very special. Obviously can't celebrate too long this time around. I have to get back to work in a couple of days.feedback

I have been able to put so many hours onto the racket now. And really since this year, I feel super comfortable with the racket, and I think I also have gained confidence stepping into it. Obviously, you have to take it on the rise, and for that you need good footwork, because if the footwork is not right, you won't be on top of the ball.feedback

I feel like Nick and me, we have a lot of options, so it's hard for us to always pick the right one. He's basically been the first guy to tell me, Hit the backhand, damnit, don't just hold back and slice all the time. As a kid, I used to always slice.feedback

I was very happy I was able to loosen up and play good tennis. I started to serve really well, move around the court great.feedback

I have seen his wicked forehand go past me too often that it would be nice to have it on my team and actually admire his forehand and admire his shot-making.feedback

It has maybe no points and that is why people might consider it an exhibition. But that is not how the captains see it. That is not how Rod Laver sees it.feedback

I would love to play with Rafa just because our rivalry has been so special.feedback

Waking up, I don't know if I slept, even if I did sleep. I had to look at the highlights again to remember how close the match was again. I said to myself, I'm all in. I still had the mindset that I had nothing to lose.feedback

It was about staying calm and believing the work's paying off and that the variety I have in my game maybe allows me to maybe sneak in one or a couple. If you look back at my results, in 2016 and especially in 2015, I think I played some really good tennis and some good attacking tennis. Honestly I believed I could do it, the question was how's Novak (Djokovic) going to play, how's Andy (Murray) going to play, Rafa and everybody. I knew it was going to be hard because they're not getting any worse and I am getting older so I don't have much time.feedback

The magnitude of this match is going to feel different. I can't compare this one with any other one except for maybe the French Open in '09. I waited for the French Open, I tried, I fought. I tried again and failed. Eventually I made it. This feels similar, yeah.feedback

For me it's all about the comeback, about an epic match with Rafa again, ... that I can still do it at my age after not having won a slam for almost five years. That's what I see. The last problem is the slam count – honestly, it doesn't matter. This one means a lot to me because he's caused me problems over the years. We're going to party like rock stars tonight.feedback

It remains for me the ultimate challenge to play against him. It's super sweet, because I haven't beaten him a Grand Slam final for a long time now. We're going to party like rock stars tonight. I wasn't sure I was going to make it here but here I am – we made it. Tennis is a tough sport, there's no draws. If there was going to be one, I would have been happy to have it tonight and share it with Rafa, really.feedback

Against Rafa it's always epic. This one means a lot to me because he's caused me problems over the years.feedback

I did believe I had the game, and the mental and physical capacities to do it again. I never lost belief.feedback

No, in that moment, for sure we never thought that we had the chance to be, again, in a final, and especially in the first of the year.feedback

I was on one leg, he had the wrist injury and we were playing some mini-tennis with some juniors and we said, That's the best we can do right now. A few months later, we're potentially going to be in the final. I think it's been a very special tournament for both of us already. I'll leave it all out here in Australia and if I can't walk for another five months, that's okay. I'll give it my best shot. It feels amazing. I never, ever in my wildest dreams thought I would come this far in Australia. I have a couple of days off. It's beautiful, I'm so happy.feedback

It's real, I can really actually talk about a final, I've been dodging that bullet for the last few days. Rafa's given me the most problems in the game ... I'm probably Rafa's number one fan, I think his game is just tremendous. He's an incredible competitor. I'm happy that we've had some epic battles over the years and of course it would be unreal to play him here. (Dimitrov)'s got a very complete game. He can mix it up really well. He's very confident and you never want to play confident players, but it's him or Rafa.feedback

It's going to be special either way – one is going to go for his first slam or it's the epic battle with Rafa. All I care about is that I can win. Doesn't matter who's across the net, but I understand the magnitude of the match against Nadal. I'll leave it all out here in Australia and if I can't walk for another five months, that's OK.feedback

I felt like everything happened so quickly. It feels amazing. I never, ever in my wildest dreams thought I was going to be coming this far here in Australia. It's beautiful.feedback

I think it definitely went as good as it possibly could have gone. I had to adapt my style. It was a nice match. I think I played great. I'm happy, I never thought I was going to be this good. And here I am, still standing, in a semi against Stan, it couldn't be cooler for the both of us. I think him and Rafa know my game best. Stan and I practiced so much together. Yeah, I guess those two guys know me very well.feedback

I think now that I'm in the semis, feeling as good as I am, playing as good as I am, that's a huge surprise to me.feedback

I guess it's good for tennis that a lot of guys believe stronger now that the top guys are beatable, are vulnerable, especially on a faster court. But two huge surprises. No doubt about that.feedback

It was about staying with him. ... almost going down 6-0, I thought 'It's not going to get any worse from there'. Huge win for me in my career.feedback

From the baseline, honestly, I felt worlds better than in the first couple of rounds.feedback

It's just crazy how quick I got out of the blocks. What a difference it was in the feeling afterward. I did surprise myself.feedback

Guess I'm ready. There's no turning back. He's ... maybe the best backhand in the business right now. Really got my work cut out for me.feedback

I was feeling nervous once the match actually started.feedback

I thought for a first match it was great, because my expectations were obviously quite low. After all these years, it would be nice to win another one – of course I'd even take two or three or four. We'll see. It's tough at the top. A lot of good guys out there right now. I'll give it a chance, and see what happens.feedback

I'd like to live it again. I'm a little bit sad it's over, because it was so nice out there. I was actually quite emotional. When I walked down, I was like, Oh my God, this is better than I thought it would be.feedback

I don't have any pain. It's been nice that I was able to get rid of that early.feedback

When it's swollen, you can't compete at the best level.feedback

I never really had pain, funny enough. It just felt unstable.feedback

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