Federer, Williams say Armstrong let athletes down

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 19, 2013 at 6:23 am •  Published: January 19, 2013
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer says Lance Armstrong's admission that he took performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career has affected all of sport and the world's athletes.

"What a sad story," Federer said after his three-set win Saturday over Bernard Tomic at the Australian Open. "Obviously he's hurt his sport in a big way, even though he helped it in the beginning. But now the burden they live under, all other sports maybe as well."

Federer, a 17-time major winner, said he watched the first portion of the interview that Armstrong did with Oprah Winfrey.

"I guess all I needed to see was the first few minutes and then I knew what was the deal, and the rest I don't really care," Federer said. "I'm an active athlete right now, and it's not fun times really to be in sports to a degree."

Serena Williams said Armstrong let all athletes down by doping and lying about it for so long, while top-ranked Victoria Azarenka says the disgraced cyclist "deserves everything he gets."

"I think a lot of people now look and are like, 'OK, if somebody (is) that great, what about everyone else in every other sport?'" Williams said.

"As an athlete, as someone that works really, really hard since I was 4 or 3, I think it's a sad day for all athletes in general. Overall, it's even more disappointing for the people that were adversely affected through everything. You can only just hope for the best for them."