Ok, so you all know I'm trying to make amends with Roger. It's one of my New Year's Resolutions.
Well the little Swiss pisser ain't making it easy on me:
Federer, who will equal Pete Sampras’ record 14 Grand Slam titles if he wins his fourth Australian Open final, was surprised to hear it.
“Who said that? The bookies? Good for him,” Federer said Tuesday at a news conference for the Kooyong exhibition tournament, his traditional tuneup for the year’s first major. “It doesn’t help him a whole lot. I’ve been in that position before as well and didn’t make it.”
“He’s put himself in a great position. He started off well, going well in Doha. He finished strong last year. It still does surprise me that the bookies say that,” Federer said. “He’s never won a Slam.
“Novak is the defending champion here. Rafa had an incredible season last year. I won the last slam of last season. It’s surprising to hear.”
“He’s shown for a year now he’s knocking on the door, trying to make his move,” Federer said. “Sure, he’s put himself in a position, but winning a Grand Slam is a different animal.
“Not many guys have been able to win a Grand Slam in the last few years. Rafa and me took a lot of them, Novak won here last year. They don’t come easily.”
Listen, I get it. He's just being honest. But it's totally unnecessary. He sounds like a little brat. Why can't he just say "You know, that's not surprising. He's been playing really well," and just leave it at that.
Whatever. I already made it 11 days longer than I thought I would with my resolution. Success in my book.