Roger Federer’s press conference from May 9, 2013
Q. Would you like to have another rest or better to get on to the next tournament?
ROGER FEDERER: Another rest of seven weeks? Why not? I feel like I want to go to the practice courts this afternoon, but clearly I’m not going to do that. I’m going to make sure I’m going to be as well prepared as I can be for Rome.
I’ll sit together tonight or tomorrow with the team and discuss what the plan is for the next few days and weeks now. So I’m excited for that, because clearly I have no choice but to hit the practice courts. And I like to do that, and I’ll do that well and hard if that’s the route I choose.
Q. Do you have the impressions that the young generations are pushing harder this year than they used to do, like Dimitrov and now Nishikori?
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, new players? We know them, but clearly I think the extra year on tour last year helped them. I think they all started pretty well. Has Kei won a tournament already this year. I think he might have.
Dimitrov played the finals at the beginning of the year. Raonic has shown that he can do many things as well. Then there are other guys similar age who are doing better.
But that was to be expected, to be honest, you know, that they were going to have a bit of a breakthrough this year. That’s nice to see. But we’re still missing the generation of teenagers. We’ll see what happens there.
Regardless, I think it’s exciting and good for the game that not‑so‑well‑known and younger guys are beating the top guys.
It’s good to see. It means they believe in it. I hope we’ll see more of it in the future.