The day Roger Federer couldn’t stop laughing at CNN correspondent’s Spanish phrases
Federer’s joyous laugh of surprise when the US broadcaster’s reporter asked for an explanation was a common sight on the court after his win over Janko Tipsarevic in an epic final at the US Open, but this time it was for real.
CNN’s reporter Stephanie Simms began speaking in Spanish, and when the normally composed Federer laughed so hard, he was left red-faced.
Federer has previously used several different languages during press conferences on the court, and he spoke at length in French on Tuesday to illustrate how much he enjoys the different cultures around the world.
This time, however, Federer was using his native English to illustrate his enjoyment of this new language he had learned.
“Steph, it is French, not Spanish – and they are very different languages,” Federer explained, while laughing hard.
“It is very hard, very hard for me to say in French what I wanted to say. I think you get used to it after a few months, it is very hard to find the words. But I’m sure they find yours as funny as I do mine, so I will just say, what do you want me to say?”
Simms took a moment to think and decided to give it a try.
“You just said you have had a lot of success over the years in tennis, so, I’m guessing it is not your first time on court, since you have had success over the years, that’s why you are enjoying this part of the game.”
“Well, you can’t win as much as you have won without having had a lot of success, so I couldn’t imagine being this happy every day, every week.”
“No, I won it, I have won 11 of the last 12 Grand Slams, which is awesome,” added Federer then.
Fellow US Open champion Andy Murray was impressed watching the interview with Simms.
“Wow, absolutely incredible. Federer is such a humble, humble person and he’s not in this to prove anything.