New York Times Tennis Correspondent Chris Clarey On Roger Federer
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PODCAST - Roger Federer Special
Our tribute to the career of Roger Federer, presented by Federer biographer Chris Bowers and with contributions from New York Times Tennis Correspondent, Chris Clarey, Roger Federer's mother, Lynette, Tournament Director Richard Krajicek, and current players Stefanos Tsitsipas, Nicholas Godsick, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Coco Gauff.CHRIS CLAREY ON ROGER FEDERER’S LEGACY - ‘Either through good will or strong will he managed over time to embrace so many elements of being a professional tennis player that others find frustrating of aggravating or just a plain old pain in the butt and Roger was somebody who really was over time by his own nature and by that maturity you saw early on, understood what was going to be inevitable and let’s do it right’.LYNETTE FEDERER ON THE EARLY DAYS IN BASEL AS A BALLBOY - ‘I remember that he got a signature from Pete Sampras who was actually his idol at the time and he was very excited about that. He loved just being around the players and being around the same aged boys was great fun and I think he had a great time and it just shows you, he was a ball kid and now he’s on the centre court and I think it’s just a great story’, RICHARD KRAJICEK ON FEDERER’S MOMENT OF HISTORY IN ROTTERDAM - ‘For me the biggest achievement from his career is when he became number one in Rotterdam and it’s not the way he played the tournament, because he felt I think pretty much tension because he could become the oldest number one, but just in that time he was already a bit older and you had Nadal, Djokovic, Andy Murray and to become number one then, for me that was the biggest achievement in his career’.STEFANOS TSITSIPAS ON FEDERER AS THE ULTIMATE OPPONENT - ‘I enjoyed just watching him on TV, probably hitting with him on a tennis court would have been a never in a lifetime scenario, but sometimes with a little bit of determination, your dreams pay off and one thing led to another and suddenly I’m faced with Roger Federer for the first time at the Hopman Cup and I’m about to serve and I’m thinking ‘Roger is on the other side of the net, he’s my childhood hero’ and this is how I feel about Roger Federer, he’s someone that is difficult to believe he is real’.NICO GODSICK SPEAKS ABOUT FEDERER MENTORING HIM - ‘Roger’s always been such a help to me, he’s such an amazing person and watching him make semis and finals consistently day-in-day-out every week, it’s a big inspiration and I always want to be like him. I try to model my energy like him, I try to model my game like him and Roger is someone I model my game and my tennis around’.PLUS FELIX AUGER ALIASSIME AND COCO GAUFF GO HEAD-TO-HEAD TO FIND OUT WHO KNOWS MORE ABOUT FEDERER’S CAREER AND LIFE -Podcast presented by Chris Bowers-Interviews by Chris Bowers, Bren Hester and Ursin Caderas-Felix Auger-Aliassime and Coco Gauff feature courtesy of ATP Uncovered-Roger Federer statement from his personal Instagram page
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ALCARAZ ON HIS LOVE OF PLAYING DROP SHOTS - ‘It’s natural for me, I always hit drop shots when I was a kid, I would say too many drop shots when I was a kid, so in training I’m trying not to hit drop shots, just to hit other shots and when I’m training the sets and stuff when I’m break point down, I’m trying to play the set without the drop shot’.ALCARAZ ON HIS DEVELOPING RIVALRY WITH JANNIK SINNER - ‘I’m going to be a better player thanks to him and I think for him it will be the same. I will push him to be a better player as Djokovic, Nadal and Federer did when thy were younger. He’s a nice person with a great team around him and we are great friends’.SINNER ON THE IMPROVEMENTS HE’S MAKING - ’Now we are working on me having more strength, we are working very hard in the gym. Sometimes when you finish matches when you feel slow, you have to do things to get faster. Sometimes when you don’t feel much strength on the backhand or forehand you have to work on that and so we are working very hard and I think I will be in a good shape after the US Open’.WAYNE FERREIRA ON THE STEADY PROGRESSION OF FRANCES TIAFOE - ‘With him in particular he had a lot of growing up to do. He came out on tour in his first year, did exceptionally well, played quarters of Australian Open, won Delray Beach and then just felt like it was easy and he sort of lost when it meant to be here day-in-day-out. We have to get up everyday at the right time, get to where we need to go, put in the effort, work as hard as we can, because the work that we do today is not going to give you the result tomorrow, it’s going to take time’.KAREN KHACHANOV ON TRYING TO GET BACK INTO THE TOP TEN - ’Since the grass-courts last year I started to play better-and-better, in the Olympics, Wimbledon quarter-finals I had better results in general and this year the goal is the same, I want to be back in the top 10, to win tournaments again and that is the main goal. I believe in myself and it’s a question of time and belief to be able to do that’.PLUS, ATP UNCOVERED TAKES A LOOK AT THE MENTALITY OF ANDREY RUBLEV- Podcast presented by US Open Radio commentator Brian Clark- Podcast guest, former WTA player Jill Craybas- Interviews by Seb Lauzier, Chris Bowers, Ursin Caderas and Jill Craybas- Rublev Feature by ATP Uncovered
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