"Who do I prefer? I prefer the trophy, that's what I prefer."
-- Roger Federer, when asked whom he wanted to play in the U.S. Open final. He's facing British upstart Andy Murray today at 5 p.m.
Billie Jean King, our host last Thursday when we watched Federer beat Gilles Muller in the quarterfinal, told us she believes that Federer is the best tennis player ever--even though he recently slipped to No. 2 in the world rankings. Does his ranking behind Rafael Nadel affect Federer's competitive juices? "Oh, he hates being No. 2," King said. "He hates it!"
"I'm just trying to do everything I can to get as close to him as possible. But in general, I think you can maintain a rivalry while admiring your rival. When I play him, it's a special motivation to play better."
--Tennis star Rafael Nadal answering reader questions in Time Magazine. The "him" Nadal refers to is Roger Federer, whose four-and-a-half year reign at the top will end on Monday when MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Aug 22, 2008 3:32 PM ET
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