Roger Federer and Andy Murray have admitted that they can often be boring when giving interviews.
The statement comes as a response to Ernest Gulbis after he branded the big four as boring in post-match conferences.
The 24-year Latvian, who was knocked out of the French Open on Wednesday, launched his attack in an interview with French paper L'Equipe.
"The current tennis is sorely lacking in character. I respect Roger, Rafa [Nadal], Novak [Djokovic] and Murray, but, for me, all four players are boring. Their interviews are boring. Honestly, they are boring." Gulbis said.
Gulbis believed that it was Federer who started the 'boring trend' and blamed the Swiss for for his attitude that others have copied.
"It was Federer who started this trend. He has a superb image as a perfect Swiss gentleman. I repeat that, I respect Federer, but I don't like the way that young players try to imitate him."
Federer, who has progressed into the third round of the French Open after victory over Somdev Devvarman, was honest in his response to Gubis' claim. The current World number three admits he may be boring but feels, due to the high volume of interviews he has to give, this is inevitable.
"I understand it, our interviews are not always the most exciting. But that's not just our fault, that's the machine. After each match, we have to give press conferences." He told Swiss Press.
"But also you cannot say anything you do not like about something to someone without being totally criticised by many people. Therefore, everyone is very careful."
Andy Murray, who pulled out of the French Open last week due to a back injury, also admitted to being boring during interviews.
However, the Scot says that he does this deliberately to avoid causing controversy due to his quotes.
Murray told GQ: "I always try to give honest answers, but they are fairly boring so I don't have to deal with the aftermath of any scandals.
"But to tell jokes and be fun all the time, that's not actually very hard to do. If you are going to be truthful and tell things like they are, that is much harder."
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