In anticipation of his first match at the Sony Ericsson Open, Roger Federer sat down with the media today in Miami. At the start of the press conference it was announced that Roger Federer will be playing in Brazil for the first time as part of P&G’s Olympic global campaign. During the interview, Federer was asked about playing in the year’s Olympics and provided some insight on Murray, Djokovic and Nadal. Here is what Federer had to say.
LUIS CARVALHO: Good afternoon. On behalf of Gillette, welcome and thank you for being here today. Gillette is proud and excited to announce Roger Federer for the first time in Brazil. Roger has been sponsored by Gillette for five years, and he’s one of the 24 athletes that are a part of P&G’s Olympic global campaign. The Brazilian public are extremely excited to finally meet and watch the world’s best tennis player in history.
We are now open to questions.
Q. Are you more under pressure because you were the champion at Indian Wells, or do you think the contrary, every tournament is a new beginning?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think you’re go into a new tournament after winning one before with a lot of confidence, so that’s the good thing. Do I feel more pressure? Not really, just because I have been around for so long that I know how to handle pressure situations. I’m not the defending champion here. I only have, if you like, a semifinals to defend. So things are going really well for me. It’s about doing all the right things, being professional, you know, before the match, and hopefully sort of find a good way into the tournament. That’s my first priority right now.
Q. There are talks for the year‑end championship to go to Brazil. Do you have any say on that?
ROGER FEDERER: The beginning what did you say?
Q. The year‑end championship.
ROGER FEDERER: Yes.
Q. It might go to Brazil. If that happens, so what’s your view on that?
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, I think it’s great that hopefully many countries and cities, you know, would want to have the World Tour Finals, because it’s such a successful event. It was great in Shanghai for so many years. Houston put on a good event. Then obviously, you know, back in Shanghai after Houston again was great. Then they built this incredible stadium now at London. We’re having a record crowd every single time we show up. It’s only but normal that you have different interests, interested people around, especially, you know, with the Olympics and the World Cup going to Brazil. It’s a place that’s really buzzing at the moment, I would think, even though I have never been there, that’s why I’m so excited coming with the Gillette Tour this December. I’m really excited. So, look, I’d be happy if, you know, Brazil shows interest to have the World Tour Finals. But right now the tournament in London is very successful and very good. It’s a place that really can put on a great event. We’ll see the conversations with the ATP.
Q. An Olympic‑related questions. First of all, how high a priority are you putting on the Olympics this year?
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