We caught up with Roger Federer after his loss to Jo Wilfried Tsonga at the Montreal Masters.
1) How does it feel to hit 30?
Not so good, actually, but, of course, I’m not going to say that despite my having my worst year (in terms of majors) since 2002.
2) How’s it going at Montreal?
Not good at all. I thought that Tsonga would take the hint and realize it’s Rogers’ Cup but no. Now they all enjoy taking the mickey out of me. And Nadal (chuckling).
3) Will this affect your US Open preparation?
No, not at all. You saw how I played prior to the French Open and yet I made the finals at Roland Garros.
4) Is retirement on the cards?
I’m still young, I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee (occasionally). Don’t count me out till I’m 35 and then I’ll join Pete (Sampras) on the Champions’ tour.
5) How does Mirka feel about you continuing your touring ways?
As long as I babysit the kids, she has no complaints. (Luckily, the diapers changing phase is past).
Do say: You’re still No.3.
Don’t say: 16—no more.
Disclaimer: The character(s) are real but the interview is fictional.
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“It’s about as common as Indians eating beef burgers."
Australian umpire, Daryl Harper, takes a huge swipe at Indian cricketers— simultaneously defending his track record, following the criticism directed at him by the Indian captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In a series of caustic remarks—interpreted by some as having racist overtones— that included “I should never have applied the laws of cricket to Indian players.", the Australian let fly letting Indians know how he felt about their accusations. Harper says that the ICC proved that 94% of his decisions were right and that his mistakes were as rare as Indians eating beef.
What he really meant:
“That’s how strongly I feel. So there!”
What he definitely didn’t:
“I’m a vegetarian.”
“McDonald’s have offered me a job—in India.”
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(Sung by Steve Tikolo and his band of miserly men to the tune of Bryan Adams’ Summer of 69)
We got no real sixes
Bought it against a Kiwi side
Tried to bat but we just bled
Was the summer of 69
Me and the guys from Kenya
Obanda six and Tikolo a brace
Shoulda known we’d never get far