Originally Posted by pseudonym
Wimbledon 2008 was hard for me to watch, because the way the match went, I had a gut feeling Nadal would take it. Seeing Federer lose and cry made me feel more pissed off than sad. The AO 2009 was even worse. I think Federer's whole mindset is based on his desire to be a self-reliant, self-made player. He refused the possibility of getting a new coach. In a way, he's very much arrogant (maybe even selfish/stubborn), but who isn't when he/she has been such an icon in tennis history? His more recent interviews have shown a little bit of his pride in his accomplishments. I think this is due in part to him being thrown down to #2, having the press hounding him as a soon-to-be retired player, and basically everybody pointing fingers saying that he will never be #1 again, as long as Nadal is present. Him explaining all his accomplishments etc. is a way for him to basically tell everybody that he's still in the game, still playing and fighting and that he's not going anywhere, as opposed to what the media said a couple of months back. Let's be honest; we all doubted his ability to play at his top level when he was losing badly. But maybe we were harder on him and placed more pressure on his shoulders because he's supposed to be #1, to beat anybody, and to defend his #1 title. Now that his confidence is at a high, I honestly think he deserves to show that. He's still playing, and I hope he wins a few more slams. After that, he can retire, take care of his son, and enjoy life after a highly successful tennis career.
Yeah I agree with pretty much everything you said here. I can understand how many people get rubbed the wrong way when they only hear snippets of his post-match press conference interviews where he's talking about his accomplishments. This is for the most part, where most of his quotations get reprinted, and a majority of the questions now are about his legacy and about his records. Very few questions are actually about his matches, IMO. After losing in Australia, getting demolished at the French Open, and losing Wimbledon, everyone was ready to write Federer off, despite his mono episode. For comparison, mono pretty much destroyed Mario Ancic's career, so the fact that Federer made the semifinals at the AO was an amazing feat, whether he actually had mono at that time or was recovering from it. All the people I know who've had mono were sick for about six months.