Roger Federer: 'I have so much respect for each opponent I play'


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Roger Federer: 'I have so much respect for each opponent I play'

Is there any shot Roger Federer likes to play more than others, that gives him more satisfaction? Topspin lob, drop shot, some kind of humiliation for the opponent? The Swiss player clarified that's not what he wants to do.

'No, no. Obviously, the nicer the point, the better I feel, the more excited I get. But I never play to make my opponent look stupid. I think that is wrong. I have so much respect for each opponent I play', Federer said. Why does Federer love this game? 'It's always the game I probably love the most, definitely, next to soccer.

But I've always loved actually controlling, winning or losing myself. In soccer, I didn't feel this way.' Something in the game itself? 'Yeah, I think it's very artistic. I like my game, the way I play it, because this is how the seniors now used to play, and this is how I used to look - watch tennis and learn the game.

Now that I can play it on a modern basis, it's very special for me.' ALSO READ: 'Roger Federer should never play on clay again' - Andy Roddick