Q: Roger, a lot of us have not seen a guy play the way Rosol did last night, especially in a pressure situation - how much sympathy did you feel for Rafa going down that way?
A: Well, This is not against Rafa - but it was nice to see it was still possible, because I think 15 years ago you had matches like this so much more often on the faster surfaces, that a guy could just catch fire and just run through you.
Today it's virtually impossible because you make so many more returns these days and conditions are so much slower, with the elements its so much harder to be ... ummm ... in that state I think, where as it was just amazing to see it was possible. Ok, he didn't play like that for 5 sets but in the 5th it was just a joke and I was laughing because of his performance for 10 minutes after that. I couldn't believe it that he pulled it off the way he did.
Afterwards the nice press people asked Me about Rafa and I say, “In the 5th it was just a joke, I was laughing in disbelief 10 minutes after the match ended.” – yes I really did say this. I must be honest and humble with My fans. But it was funny wasn’t it?In the car on the way home one of My staff asked Me if the Roland Garros final of 2008 was also funny. This staff member now does not work for Me.
Point to note ... when someone says "this is not against Rafa" ... it usually is.
So Federer was laughing in disbelief that a player managed to get away with what he did against Rafa the other night So much so that he even had to repeat the phrase in a television interview with Sue Barker yesterday as she was fawning all over him. So loving it though, that a member of PseudoFed's staff asked him about the French Open final. Because you see, I've laughed in disbelief after watching re-run after re-run after re-run of that match. And then had to watch it one more time just to check that I really did find my disbelief so funny.
And yes, it was nice to see that it was still possible that one of the Little Guys could run through one of the big ones. I don't think Feds would have thought it very "nice" if Benneteau had have managed to do it on Friday night though, would he? Or Falla, perhaps, in 2010. However, it doesn't seem that everyone shares Feds' view ...
Q. Roger said last night he said it’s good for the sport that these upsets can still happen. Obviously the four of you have dominated at Grand Slams recently. Do you think the same?
ANDY MURRAY: To be honest, I mean, I don’t know. I think, you know, a lot of people have said to me that the quality of matches at the end of the Grand Slams have been unbelievable the last few years.
You know, people like seeing that, but I think upsets are part of any sport. Some people like them; some people ‑‑ I’m sure Rafa, Rafa has a lot of fans that wouldn’t have been too happy about it.
No, we're not.
I do though, sit here safe in the knowledge that when the time comes for one of the Little People to take the GOAT out, Rafa will express some form of sympathy for his long-standing adversary, remind everyone what a great player he is, and say something about "this is the sport". But I swear on my pet Cavalier's life that there would never, ever be any references to "laughing" for 10 minutes afterwards in disbelief, Schadenfreude or otherwise.
The bloke is a total pompous ass, and I am currently selling my soul to the Devil and wishing, hoping and praying for a little piece of Schadenfreude myself over the next week.
Picture source credit : @PseudoFed