Tennis: Wimbledon 2004 : DON'T CALL ME SWISSTOL PETE; Fed Plays Down the Tag of New Sampras

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Tennis: Wimbledon 2004 : DON'T CALL ME SWISSTOL PETE; Fed Plays Down the Tag of New Sampras


Byline: By Ted Tracey

ROGER FEDERER insists he is not ready to be compared to the grass-court greats like Pistol Pete Sampras.

The Swiss world No.1, now with two Wimbledon titles under his belt at the age of just 22, refused to even contemplate the prospect of matching the achievements of the seven-times champion American.

In the aftermath of the four-set defeat of Andy Roddick that secured his second consecutive title, Federer said: 'I would like to but it's not my priority to beat Pete's record or anybody's record here at Wimbledon. I just hope I can do as well as I can.

'I feel I've done as well as I could by winning twice because to have won two or three years ago would have been too early in my career.So far I feel I've done the maximum and I hope I canwin it again.

'I don't set goals for 10 years' time and say I want to stay No.1 for 10 years. It is not realistic because I know if I have one injury I will lose it straight away and it's the same for Grand Slams.

'I set my goals at the end of the season for the next season and this year was winning the Wimbledon championship, the Olympics and being No.1 in the world.

'I have already achieved two of the three although one is still going on because I want to finish the year asNo.1,butnow I want to play well at the Olympics because it was such a great experience at Sydney 2000.'

Beaten finalist Roddick says that Federer already has a Sampras-like aura among other players in the locker room and the Wimbledon champion admitted he has followed Sampras by making himself more single-minded Federer said: 'Pete wasn't very often in the locker room.He arrived and left and I do a little bit of the same.

'I was a player who liked to hang around the locker room and players' lounge before and spend time and speak with everybody but now I am more selfish.

'I come and leave very quickly and would rather spend time with my entourage.

'Maybe people have a different look at me now, either because they think I am playing great tennis or they think 'I want to beat you', but it has changed a bit. …

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