Everyone has been so down on Roger Federer over the last week. Yes, he hasn’t won a Slam this year; sure, he lost to an aging James Blake in the Olympics; no question, he looks a little lost on the court this year.
But, as Andy Roddick said last weekend, "I know pretty much every player except for one that would take his bad year."
So today, he went out and destroyed Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 and the press afterwards starting peppering him with questions like: Is your confidence back?
Then Bud Collins asked him when he felt his worst this year.
"I never felt terrible, to be honest," he said. "Because every time, you know, maybe things weren’t looking that great. Either I was in the final of a Slam or I was able to win a tournament. So I always bounced back right away when things were not looking that good, and same thing after Wimbledon. You know, maybe I was a little bit disappointed but it’s still — the buzz was bigger about the great match we just played, so I couldn’t really look at this match and be completely disappointed. And then went through maybe the summer didn’t win a whole lot of matches, but I won the Olympic gold in doubles.
"So I guess I always had sort of a good spirit," he continued. "That’s a good thing, and I think that’s why I’m always very, very positive, still, right now."