The day Roger Federer couldn’t stop laughing at CNN correspondent’s Spanish phrases
Roger Federer could hardly contain his giggles after watching an interview with CNN sports reporter Dan Campbell during the Spanish-speaking edition of his tournament and exhibition match against Joao Sousa that was broadcast live on Spanish television.
The 32-year-old Federer won his first match in four years 6–3, 6–4, 6–2 against the 41-year-old Sousa who started his career at the age of 21 after beating Federer’s then-partner Lleyton Hewitt in the quarter-finals at the 2001 US Open. The two players have met 16 times, and Sousa has won six times – he has won in 2002, 2005, 2010, 2013 and 2014, and this was his 11th triumph in Madrid.
In the interview that was broadcast in Spanish on ESPN Deportes after the match, Campbell asked Federer if he had thought about retirement in the run-up to the match. Federer replied: “Well, you want to retire, you want to say that you are retiring because you are happy with you life, and I think I’m happy.”
As the interview went on, Federer started laughing. “You know, I thought that maybe the next day I would get a call from some newspaper about some thing, or I would get a phone call…I thought, maybe now, I’ll have time to prepare myself to the best to defend myself in some interview,” Federer said on the Spanish television show El Diario de Teledeportes.
“I was preparing for this interview, and this was the worst interview, to tell you the truth. It was like playing tennis and you can’t understand anything. It was like trying to talk to a deaf person, or to do something crazy. I mean, when you have something like that happening, you have to laugh. If you don’t laugh, how would you continue?”
“I don’t know what I was going to say,” Federer added later.
“I was pretty angry about it,” he continued