| PARIS, June 3
PARIS, June 3 Thinking people were making it up,
Svetlana Kuznetsova logged on to the Internet to read the
When she saw it written in plain English, she had to pinch
herself -- Roger Federer had picked out the Russian as his
favourite player on the women's tour.
"I like her game, she plays well," Federer declared earlier
in the week.
It sent Kuznetsova into a spin.
"The Russian press told me and I thought 'No, it was a
joke'. So I wanted to check it myself and read this on the
Internet," the third seed said after reaching the quarter-finals
at Roland Garros.
"If I would have to choose a compliment from anybody, it's
definitely the best I ever heard. Roger is a legend and to hear
him say that is almost a dream.
"It's unbelievable to hear my hero say this about my
A runner-up in Paris 12 months ago, Kuznetsova is now eager
to back up Federer's endorsement by winning the title on
"If he likes my game, I would like to prove it more," she
She will next face rising Serb Ana Ivanovic for a place in