Power Point: Focus on the win, not the opponent

September 8, 2008, 11:31 PM UTC
Fortune

“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!”