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After taking care of Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-1 in his first round robin match at the ATP Tour World Finals here, Roger Federer was asked what he wasn't good at, a reasonable question for someone who comes across as Mr. Perfect.
"I can't cook," Federer smiled. "There's many things I can't do that I wish I could do. I can't skate. I would love to do that."
So Federer is a non-skating Swiss which probably puts him in a minority. "Yeah, there are many things for me to look forward to hopefully, things I can either improve or learn from scratch. I'm far from perfect."
Over to Tipsarevic for his take on the maestro. Responding to someone who suggested that Federer might have been a little lucky to be able to maintain excellence year in and year out, Tipsareic replied, "I think Roger Federer is everything but lucky. People see him play this flawless tennis and say, 'Oh, life is so easy for Roger, he's so talented.'
"He is talented but there's so much work behind that. Of course the fact that he was born with that magic hand of his is a plus. But I think Roger is one of the biggest -- if not the biggest -- professionals that the sport has ever had. Throughout his career, he is always putting tennis as the No. 1 thing in his life, never doing anything to damage his professional tennis career. This is the reason why he has such durability and was almost never injured during his career. This is my take on that. It has nothing to do with luck."
That sort of accolade gives you some idea of why his fellow players keep giving him the ATP Sportsmanship Award each year. And it is now 10 years that the fans have voted for him as their favorite player. Federer does not take it lightly.
"For me, that's a big thrill," he said. "Probably one of the reasons why I'm still playing today. No doubt about it, they are inspiring me and motivating me to show up and practice and give my best because I do feel I have big support and I do feel I need to reward them for their support. Yeah, 10 is an amazing number. I can't believe it's been that long. All I can say is thank you in a big way."
Spending the better part of two days in bed with a cold is not the best preparation for playing Federer and Tipsarevic was basically hiding to nothing in this match. Feeling no pressure and well rested after missing Paris, Federer played pretty close to Mr. Perfect.
"I would probably have lost anyway," admitted Tipsarevic who went into the match with an 0-5 record against the Swiss. "But the problem was, he got an early break in both sets. Everybody knows that when Roger starts leading, he's probably the best player in the world."
Looked like it today but sterner tests lie ahead for the man who can't cook.
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