Roger’s aftermatch presser

Q. Does it mean a lot to you to put some more distance between you and your greatest rivals with this title?
ROGER FEDERER: That’s the smallest part, to be honest. For me it’s all about the comeback, about an epic match with Rafa again. Doing it here in Australia, that I’m so thankful to Peter Carter and Tony Roche, and just people… I guess my popularity here, their support, that I can still do it at my age after not having won a slam for almost five years.

That’s what I see. The last problem is the slam count. Honestly, it doesn’t matter.

Q. Had you ever envisioned winning a Grand Slam on a challenge?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I guess I’ve been there before at some point. I can’t tell you which finals or – not a finals maybe, but some matches end this way. So we’ve seen it before.

I mean, you have to challenge it. If you’re Rafa, what other option do you have? Good would have been if he had gotten there, played the lob, and then challenged. Then it’s at least replay the point, isn’t it?

Of course, it’s slightly awkward to win this way. Nevertheless, emotions poured out of me. I was incredibly happy, as you can imagine. Then, of course, I was also seeing my entire support team, Mirka, everybody else going bananas. It was cool.

I knew from that point on, like, I actually did really win. That was a great feeling.

Q. Winning 18 would have been special regardless of where you had done it. Can you tell us how special it is doing it here in Australia.
ROGER FEDERER: Like you said, I think it would have been special regardless of where it was going to be. Look, this is a tournament I’ve not missed. I’ve not missed the French. I’ve missed the US Open last year. This is the one I guess that is my most consistent slam potentially.

It all started for me here. I played the quallies here in ‘99, the juniors in '98. Won my first match maybe against Michael Chang here back in 2000. I go way back. Always loved coming here, you know.

When you win down here, the journey home is not a problem. When you lose, it’s just brutal. That’s why I feel very fortunate tonight.

Q. After the semifinal you touched upon the fact that you might have tensed up a little in the final set. How were you able to focus coming from a break down?
ROGER FEDERER: I told myself to play free. That’s what we discussed with Ivan and Severin before the matches. You play the ball, you don’t play the opponent. Be free in your head, be free in your shots, go for it. The brave will be rewarded here. I didn’t want to go down just making shots, seeing forehands rain down on me from Rafa. I think it was the right decision at the right time.

I had opportunities early on in the fifth, as well, to get back on even terms. I could have been left disappointed there and accepted that fact. I kept on fighting. I kept on believing, like I did all match long today, that there was a possibility I could win this match.

I think that’s what made me play my best tennis at the very end the match, which was actually surprising to me. I went through a little bit of a lull in the fourth and the beginning of the fifth set.

Q. I assume it’s fair to say he’s your greatest rival. What does it mean to win this against him?
ROGER FEDERER: We go furthest back, you know. Novak also has been one of my biggest rivals. So have Roddick and Hewitt. I don’t like to leave anybody out, to be honest. But I’m sure I’ve left a couple out. They know who they are.

But Rafa definitely has been very particular in my career. I think he made me a better player. Him and a couple more players have done the most to do that to me because the way his game stacks up with me, it’s a tricky one. I’ve said that openly. It remains for me the ultimate challenge to play against him. So it’s definitely very special.

I said that also before the finals: if I were to win against Rafa, it would be super special and very sweet because I haven’t beaten him in a Grand Slam final for a long, long time now. Last time I guess was 2007 at Wimbledon in a five-setter. Now I was able to do it again.

We’re both on a comeback. Like I said on the court, it would have been nice for both of us to win, but there’s no draws in tennis. It’s brutal sometimes.

He should be happy. I would have been happy again to be in the finals, like I said on the court. I think this one will take more time to sink in. When I go back to Switzerland, I’ll think, Wow.

The magnitude of this match is going to feel different. I can’t compare this one to any other one except for maybe the French Open in '09. I waited for the French Open, I tried, I fought. I tried again and failed. Eventually I made it. This feels similar, yeah.

Q. Millions of people across the world saw this match. This tournament has been so wonderful with you, Rafa, Venus, Serena. Do you see this as a kind of celebration of spirit? In some uncertain times now, an event like this can help people and pick people’s spirits up.
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, I don’t know to what extent. At the end of the day, it remains sports. But sports is a powerful tool. Makes a lot of people happy. They forget about their sorrows sometimes. Not always, though, clearly.

But I feel like finals of this magnitude, big Masters 1000s, World Tour Finals, you name it, they are supposed to be a celebration of tennis. That’s why I think it’s so nice again, to have Rod Laver out on the podium. For us, I was expecting Ashley-Cooper. But Rocket’s okay, too, I guess.

It is, at the end, regardless of the outcome of the match, it’s like a Super Bowl, whatever it is, it is tennis that is at front and center.

I’m happy we were represented that well tonight with Rafa. He’s always great. That’s why I hope he’s still going to be in the game for a long time and represent the way he does.

Q. This is your first Grand Slam with Ivan Ljubicic coaching you. What does it mean to you?
ROGER FEDERER: It’s obviously special for the entire team. It was his first Grand Slam final as a player or as a coach. Obviously he was nervous all day. I tried to calm him down (smiling). The same thing with my physio, too. I think I can sense that this is not something that he’s seen so many times. Where Severin, he was totally relaxed about it.

It’s beautiful for all of us. I know how happy they are because they are more than just a coach or a physio or whatever. They’re all my friends. So we spent a lot of time, you know, talking about am I going to get back to 100%, and if I did, what would it require to win a Grand Slam.

Now we made it. We’re going to be partying like rock stars tonight. I can tell you that.

Q. The medical timeout, there were some quite adverse comments about that.
ROGER FEDERER: What is 'adverse comments’?

Q. Critical comments. I think Pat Cash said it was legalized cheating. Can you tell us what was going on there, what the reason was.
ROGER FEDERER: Look, I mean, I explained myself a couple of days ago after the Stan match. Yeah, my leg has been hurting me since the Rubin match. I was happy that I was able to navigate through the pain. For some reason against Stan I had it from the start on both sides of the groin.

After he took a medical timeout, I thought I could also take one for a change and see if actually something like a massage during the match is actually going to help me. It did a little bit potentially. I’m not sure.

And then today after probably – well, I felt my quad midway through the second set already, and the groin started to hurt midway through the third set. I just told myself, The rules are there that you can use them. I also think we shouldn’t be using these rules or abusing the system. I think I’ve led the way for 20 years.

So I think to be critical there is exaggerating. I’m the last guy to call a medical timeout. So I don’t know what he’s talking about.

Q. We know you’ve been asked about retirement for about 10 years now.

Q. Your comment on the court where you said, If I’m back next year, it does invite some comment on that. How much should we read into what you said there?
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, this is all about, you know, knowing that I have only so much tennis left in me. If I do get injured, you know, maybe if I miss next year. Who knows what happens.

So it was just a way… You never know when your next Grand Slam is going to be, if ever. You never know if you’re going to have an opportunity at this stage, I felt I could thank so many people at once. It’s a live audience. It’s a moment for me to be appreciative of them.

Yeah, I mean, look, I’ve had a tough year last year. Three five-setters are not going to help. I just meant it the way I meant it. There wasn’t something planned behind it, that this is my last Australian Open. I hope can I come back, of course. That’s my hope right now.

Q. You touched on it before briefly. How does Roger Federer at your age celebrate tonight?
ROGER FEDERER: I’m a bit more experienced about it. You know, I just don’t show up and look for something. We’ve organized a party. The good thing is always to have enough people around to make a party. I have a lot of friends over here now. Made a lot of friends also locally. Then also a lot of people have just been on this trip for some time now. So we’re going to be about, I don’t know, 20, 30, 40 people depending. It’s better to party in a big bunch than all alone with one glass of champagne. I’m sure it’s going to be good fun.

I liked the days when we had the day finals, like 2004, so it wouldn’t would be almost 2:00. I still have doping to do. I have a bit of pressure to get that done.


Story Title: Abroad
Fandom: Supernatural RPF
Summary:After getting a chance to study in Paris, Crys, along with her best friend,Rae, navigate through it together
Warnings:Cursing, Violence,
Characters: Rae (ofc), Crys(ofc), Paige (ofc), Toni (ofc),Justin Roche (omc), Mark Pellegrino, Sebastian Roche, Tahmoh Pinkett, Richard Speight, Daneel Ackles (mentioned)
Pairings: Crys/Sebastian Roche, Paige/Tahmoh Pinkett, Rae/Mark Pellegrino
When I Started** June 2016
How I Lost My Shit** Lost interest and got back into Bass again
How I Finished My Shit** I found my center and dove in head first.

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Story Title: Abroad
Fandom: Supernatural RPF
Summary:After getting a chance to study in Paris, Crys, along with her best friend,Rae, navigate through it together
Warnings:Cursing, Violence, 
Characters: Rae (ofc), Crys(ofc), Paige (ofc), Toni (ofc),Justin Roche (omc), Mark Pellegrino, Sebastian Roche, Tahmoh Pinkett, Richard Speight, Daneel Ackles (mentioned)
Pairings: Crys/Sebastian Roche, Paige/Tahmoh Pinkett, Rae/Mark Pellegrino
When I Started** June 2016
How I Lost My Shit** Lost interest and got back into Bass again
How I Finished My Shit** I found my center and dove in head first.

Keep reading


Michael Palin (from 2012): There’s a guy called Charles Edwards who’s apparently in… I think he’s doing The King’s Speech on the stage and he was great as me, so I’m hoping he’ll trade and he can be me for the rest of my life.

Charles Edwards: I was doing [The King’s Speech] not long after and Michael and his wife [went to see it and then] took me out for a drink and dinner after and it was really nice.

Palin: I thought poor old Charles got sort of the thick end of it having to play Michael Palin!

Edwards (after meeting Palin): He was indeed the nicest man in the world.

Palin: Tis odd, I must say, seeing someone playing yourself, and being better at it than you are.

Edwards: I grew up with [Python] and they still make me laugh as much as they ever did. … I think Brian was my favourite thing that they did.

Tony Roche (writer of Holy Flying Circus): [Charles is] in real life also a phenomenally nice man, and it turned out that… I didn’t realise until after we finished shooting, he said he was a huge Michael Palin admirer.


2016 Writers Guild Awards Nominees



  • Bridge of Spies, Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
  • Sicario, Written by Taylor Sheridan
  • Spotlight, Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
  • Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff
  • Trainwreck, Written by Amy Schumer


  • The Big Short, Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
  • Carol, Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy
  • The Martian, Screenplay by Drew Goddard
  • Steve Jobs, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
  • Trumbo, Written by John McNamara


  • Being Canadian, Written by Robert Cohen
  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Written by Alex Gibney
  • Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Written by Brett Morgen
  • Prophet’s Prey, Written by Amy J. Berg


  • The Americans, Written by Peter Ackerman, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Stephen Schiff, Lara Shapiro, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson, Stuart Zicherman; FX
  • Better Call Saul, Written by Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, Bradley Paul, Thomas Schnauz, Gordon Smith; AMC
  • Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Dave Hill, D.B. Weiss; HBO
  • Mad Men, Written by Lisa Albert, Semi Chellas, Jonathan Igla, Janet Leahy, Erin Levy, Tom Smuts, Robert Towne, Matthew Weiner, Carly Wray; AMC
  • Mr. Robot, Written by Kyle Bradstreet, Kate Erickson, Sam Esmail, David Iserson, Randolph Leon, Adam Penn, Matt Pyken; USA


  • Broad City, Written by Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, Naomi Ekperigin, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Chris Kelly, Anthony King, Jen Statsky; Comedy Central
  • Silicon Valley, Written by Amy Aniobi, Alec Berg, Mike Judge, Carrie Kemper, Sonny Lee, Dan Lyons, Carson Mell, Dan O’Keefe, Clay Tarver, Ron Weiner; HBO
  • Transparent, Written by Arabella Anderson, Bridget Bedard, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster, Ethan Kuperberg, Ali Liebegott, Our Lady J, Faith Soloway, Jill Soloway; Amazon Studios
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Written by Emily Altman, Jack Burditt, Robert Carlock, Azie Mira Dungey, Tina Fey, Lauren Gurganous, Charla Lauriston, Sam Means, Dan Rubin, Meredith Scardino, Allison Silverman, Lon Zimmet; Netflix
  • Veep, Written by Simon Blackwell, Jon Brown, Kevin Cecil, Roger Drew, Peter Fellows, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons, Sean Gray, Callie Hersheway, Armando Iannucci, Sean Love, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, David Quantick, Andy Riley, Tony Roche, Will Smith; HBO


  • Better Call Saul, Written by Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, Bradley Paul, Thomas Schnauz, Gordon Smith; AMC
  • Bloodline, Written by Jonathan Glatzer, Carter Harris, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler, Addison McQuigg, Arthur Phillips, Jeff Shakoor, Daniel Zelman; Netflix
  • The Last Man On Earth, Written by Andy Bobrow, Liz Cackowski, Erik Durbin, Will Forte, Kira Kalush, Matt Marshall, Tim McAuliffe, David Noel, Erica Rivinoja, John Solomon, Emily Spivey; Fox
  • Mr. Robot, Written by Kyle Bradstreet, Kate Erickson, Sam Esmail, David Iserson, Randolph Leon, Adam Penn, Matt Pyken; USA
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Written by Emily Altman, Jack Burditt, Robert Carlock, Azie Mira Dungey, Tina Fey, Lauren Gurganous, Charla Lauriston, Sam Means, Dan Rubin, Meredith Scardino, Allison Silverman, Lon Zimmet; Netflix


  • American Horror Story: Hotel, Written by Brad Falchuk, John J. Gray, Todd Kubrak, Crystal Liu, Ned Martel, Tim Minear, Ryan Murphy, Jennifer Salt, James Wong; FX
  • Flesh and Bone, Written by Bronwyn Garrity, Jami O’Brien, Adam Rapp, Moira Walley-Beckett, David Wiener; Starz
  • Sons of Liberty, Written by Stephen David, Kirk Ellis, David C. White; History Channel
  • Saints & Strangers, Written by Seth Fisher, Walon Green, Chip Johannessen, Eric Overmyer; National Geographic Channel


  • Fargo, Written by Steve Blackman, Bob DeLaurentis, Noah Hawley, Ben Nedivi, Matt Wolpert, Based on the film Fargo; FX
  • The Red Tent, Written by Elizabeth Chandler, Anne Meredith, Based on the book The Red Tent by Anita Diamant; Lifetime
  • Show Me A Hero, Written by David Simon, William F. Zorzi, Based on the book by Lisa Belkin; HBO


  • “Gayle Makin’ Bob Sled” (Bob’s Burgers), Written by Lizzie Molyneux & Wendy Molyneux; Fox
  • “Halloween of Horror” (The Simpsons), Written by Carolyn Omine; Fox
  • “Hank After Dark” (BoJack Horseman), Written by Kelly Galuska; Netflix
  • “Housetrap” (Bob’s Burgers), Written by Dan Fybel; Fox
  • “Sky Police” (The Simpsons), Written by Matt Selman; Fox
  • “Walking Big & Tall” (The Simpsons), Written by Michael Price; Fox


  • “Explosivos” (Narcos), Written by Andy Black; Netflix
  • “International Assassin” (The Leftovers), Written by Damon Lindelof & Nick Cuse; HBO
  • “Mind’s Eye” (The Good Wife), Written by Robert King & Michelle King; CBS
  • “Mother’s Mercy” (Game of Thrones), Written for Television by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; HBO
  • “Person to Person” (Mad Men), Written by Matthew Weiner; AMC
  • “Uno” (Better Call Saul), Written by Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould; AMC


  • “Alive in Tucson” (The Last Man On Earth), Written by Will Forte; Fox
  • “Connection Lost” (Modern Family), Written by Megan Ganz & Steven Levitan; ABC
  • “Joint Session” (Veep), Teleplay by Simon Blackwell & Georgia Pritchett, Story by Armando Iannucci & Simon Blackwell & Georgia Pritchett; HBO
  • “Racegate” (Maron), Written by Dave Anthony; IFC
  • “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Gun” (black-ish), Written by Peter Saji; ABC
  • “Sand Hill Shuffle” (Silicon Valley), Written by Clay Tarver; HBO
An interview with Tony Roche and Rufus Jones of HFC.

Janice Forsyth (Interviewer): [On Rufus playing Palin’s wife] I must say, growing up in the 70’s, Michael Palin was the one I was in love with, y'know. I've devoured his diaries, and I’m sure like many women, y'know he was the one that we’d all imagine being married to… So here you are in a position that so many women would envy; indulging in a little pillow talk with your husband…

*plays audio clip from HFC*

Janice: ...I have to say, Tony, Charles Edwards just becomes Michael Palin!

Tony Roche: I know - it’s really, really uncanny.

Rufus Jones: Yeah, yeah.

Tony: I mean he’s… in real life, also a phenomenally nice man, and it turned out, I didn’t realise until after we finished shooting he said he was a huge Michael Palin admirer.

Janice: It was perhaps really easy for him to become him on screen?

Tony: Maybe, yeah. But he was incredible - and also was probably the most difficult part to cast in a way because all the other characters had something, y'know, like Rufus was saying you could ‘latch onto’ to kind of 'signal’… some 'essence’ of their comic persona. Whereas Michael Palin’s just a fairly decent ordinary kind of guy so it would be incredibly hard to be that person, but he was amazing.

From The Comedy Cafe (BBC Radio Scotland).


Roger Federer and Friends gala charity exhibition match hosted by Roger Federer was held on Rod Laver Arena earlier this week. Alongside the match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Federer was joined by some of the legends of the game including former coach Tony Roche, Pat Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt and the evening started with Federer having a hit with Rod Laver. 1 million dollars were raised for the Roger Federer foundation.


Sasha Go Hard - GiveNoFuck (Prod. by Tony Roche)

Published in The Times on 9/8/12 By Tony Roche and Armando Iannuci under the name of a character from The Thick of It, Malcolm Tucker. Roche is a writer for the show and Iannuci is the creator of the series
Ever since the Olympics rolled into town everyone in Britain has had this weird upbeat feeling. Even long-term Leonard Cohen fans have sounded perkier than Andi Peters on Ecstasy. So what does David Cameron do? He decides to pour a giant bucket of steaming piss on our parade. And how does he do that? By having a reshuffle.
Don’t get me wrong, he needed to have a reshuffle — everything he’s done or tried to do since coming to power has been a disaster, from attempting to privatise trees to letting Chloe Smith talk in public. So, yeah, he needed to have a reshuffle all right, but the worst thing he could do was actually have a reshuffle. Because having a reshuffle took everyone out of our Olympic and Paralympic La-La land and reminded us that (a) we have a government; (b) it’s f***ing terrible, and © it’s just been reshuffled in a way that makes it even more terrible.
So what are the headlines? A woman who doesn’t like gays as Equalities Minister, a man who is frightened of flying as Transport Secretary and someone who lots of people would like to see dead in charge of Health. Seriously, who was behind this piece of strategy? The Chuckle Brothers? It’s like a joke reshuffle.
Why not go the whole f***ing hog and put Louis Walsh in charge of Defence and make an angry toddler Minister for Justice? How about Ant and Dec heading up DECC? The writer of Fifty Shades of Greyas Chief Whip? Or what about this — the decomposing heads of theDragons Den bosses strung together to form a Newton’s Cradle running the Department for Work and Pensions?
But none of that is the Real Problem with the shake up. The Real Problem is that the Chancellor is still there. Cameron should have shuffled George Osborne out of the Exchequer and to the backbenches or, better still, off this f***ing mortal coil.
Why? I’ll tell you why. Because George Osborne is so f***ing unpopular that when he went to hand out medals at the Paralympics even the mascots Wenlock and Mandeville were giving him the finger.
And why is “Gorgeous George” so unpopular? (I use “gorgeous” ironically. And “George”, for that matter.) Is it because he has the shifty look of a sex pest caught rubbing himself over the buffet at a funeral? Or is it that he’s a millionaire who is doing to the economy what Russell Brand likes to do to granddaughters? Hard to say. All we know for certain is that since DC introduced his “happiness index” it has told us that George Osborne is the main thing responsible for our unhappiness. I’m not a believer in f***ing signs or portents but it can’t be a coincidence that his initials are GO.
Maybe I’m being too harsh on Cameron. Maybe I should give him a second chance — the way he gave his Head of Communications, Andy Coulson, a second chance before he was arrested and charged with perjury. (You may think as a former government Head of Communications I am gloating. I am not. I only mention it because I am writing this for a Murdoch-owned newspaper and I know how rigorous they like to be with the facts). But I don’t think I am being too harsh on the Prime Minister — I think the pancake-faced, claret-swilling pony-f***er has RUINED EVERYTHING (including my ability to hold down my tea when I see him on the evening news).
Cameron’s Government is so catastrophically incapable that this reshuffle is less like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic and more like rearranging Titanics on a f***ing Super Titanic. And while the Titanics on the Super Titanic all head towards each other and the inevitable catastrophic conclusion he is parachuting in a team of expert ship scuttlers to speed things up. Meanwhile, despite the fact that a large amount of money has been spent on deckchairs, G4S have just announced that they will not be able to provide enough people to rearrange them.
The problem for the Conservatives is this: somehow, Christ alone knows how, the acceptable face of the Tory party is Boris Johnson. Yes. You read that right. Boris titting Johnson. A man who looks like he ate a scarecrow and sicked it up on himself. But he is also the only popular Tory. And the one and only Tory they can’t shuffle into the Cabinet.
So what should Dave do now? Well, the answer’s obvious. He should stand down and let Nick Clegg take over. I’m f***ing kidding. Seriously, can you imagine?
No, sadly for Dave, he’ll just have to keep plodding on RUINING EVERYTHING until the electorate won’t tolerate it any more and all his friends are in jail.

Rod Laver v. Tony Roche, Australian Open Semifinal 1969