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Roger Federer: “I wish I could have played a bit more freely today overall. But then again, I think it was a solid match”



TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 28th of May 2014. R. Federer d. D. Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. An interview with Roger Federer


Q. How are your impressions making a first time slammer like Diego playing on a big court and like in front of an idol like you? How do you feel about that, please?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I think it was kind of tough all the way through, for me, anyway. I didn’t feel relaxed for the entire match.

You know, I’ve always felt he had a little bit of an upper hand from the baseline. I feel he was doing a really good job being aggressive and making good plays. Clearly because of his height he doesn’t have the biggest serve, and that kept me sometimes in two minds. But I think he handled the conditions really well.

I can see why he’s ranked where he is and why he probably is going to move up in the rankings. He’s very steady, very fast. He’s got some good qualities, you know. It’s just a matter for him to be really fit and continue what he’s doing, you know, working hard.

I’m sure like a match like this or tournament like this where he was able to win four matches is going to give him a lot of new information he didn’t have before.


Q. I just want to ask you in terms of your forehand going off sometimes in terms of timing, how much do you think the game needs to get better for you this week and next so you can be content?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, today was special in its own way because I got into every return game because of his serve. So clearly we are going to have many more unforced errors than forced errors.

It’s always going to happen when you play big serving guys who push you and take chances, you cannot make unforced errors because they are trying to hit a winner.

So from that standpoint, the statistics today for me is totally secondary. It’s just really important to moving along in the draw. My next round opponent plays entirely different to Schwartzman today.

Yeah, I wish I could have played a bit more freely today overall. But then again, I think it was a solid match. I served well. That’s always the key to stay solid in your own service games.

I will see how the next match is going to be. It depends on weather, on wind, all that stuff, how free you can actually really play.


Q. Kim Clijsters just sent out a tweet with one of your comments that you made, which was: Sometimes it’s okay just to be happy to be playing, that it’s okay just to enjoy the game. You don’t always need to be a success. Some people don’t get that. Could you just talk about that comment and sort of the balance between tennis as a job, your profession, and the joy of the game?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I have a hard time understanding it, as well. I don’t know what I was trying to say back then.

Anyway, I mean, I think sometimes in the media or people think it’s only fun when you win and when you lose, clearly it’s a disaster, it’s all really bad. Yeah, it’s disappointing, and it’s not great fun. But at the same time, you can also enjoy a tournament, enjoy a city, enjoy life, you know, as you move along with your career.

I think that’s what I mean, that sometimes things are totally just based on unforced errors or on the little things in life and if you have the big picture in mind, then you realize that missing a few too many forehands has zero impact on how I will actually sleep tonight.


Q. How do you feel physically after the first two rounds? Next is going to be Dmitry Tursunov, as you said, he’s a different player. Do you feel good versus last year when it was difficult with your back?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I don’t even think about this. I feel good. I mean, physically I’m fit and the two first rounds were really okay. I didn’t lose any of my energy. I had two days off, so I’m really relaxed as far as this is concerned.

Tursunov is a different player all together versus Schwartzman today. He tried more with his serve, but also with the forehand. And also I played against him at Indian Wells. It was 7 6, 7 6, that’s how I defeated him. It was a tough match.

But at least I know Dmitry, I didn’t know Schwartzman at all. I didn’t know if he was a great player, average, or not really good.

That’s why there was pressure on me throughout the match today probably.


Q. Roger, Wawrinka, after being defeated, after the first round, said that it’s difficult for him to manage the pressure due to the title in Australia. He said that’s the difference between him and Djokovic, Nadal, or you, because you can do this. Maybe we don’t realize this all the time, but you can take the pressure and you know you’ve got to win and you manage to win tournament after tournament. Do you understand his position today, that is, it’s difficult I think for him to take this title he won?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, for me, you know, it’s totally normal. I have never really understood how Rafa, Novak, and myself, we can play at such a level all the time, being consistent. You know, for me, that was a shock to see all of us so consistent like this, steady if I can say.

Of course, people are used to this, and it doesn’t happen. But for me it’s normal. It might happen to the best players.

You know, with Stan, I understand here, I understand where he is, because I was in such a position at a moment in my career, and it’s not even the pressure itself. You know, I think it’s how you look at yourself and at your game.

Without changing everything, you know, this is what he’s got to work on and solve this, fix this. Little by little. It will not happen overnight. But with Australia, with Monaco, it’s in his pocket already. Nobody can take this from him. It will give him time, time to work on this. I trust that he will find the right solutions in the months to come.


Kyle Edmund Confirms Split With Coach After Early Exit In Chengdu

It is a turbulent time for the former Australian Open semi-finalist.



Kyle Edmund’s recent lull in form is showing no signs of letting up after he crashed out in the first round of the Chengdu Open in China.


The seventh seed could only win five games during his 6-2, 6-3, loss to Chile’s Christian Garin. A player ranked just one spot below him in the ATP rankings at 33rd. During the 72-minute encounter, Edmund won 50% of his service points compared to his opponents tally of 75%. He was also broken two consecutive times in both sets.

“I think it’s my best match this year on hard court for sure,” Garin told “Kyle is a tough opponent to face in the first round, so I’m very happy with the way I played.”

Edmund has now lost four consecutive matches on the tour dating back to the Rogers Cup in August. Something that last occurred during the European clay-court swing of the tour earlier this year. However, two of those losses were to rising star Daniil Medvedev, who has won more matches than any other ATP player so far in 2019.

Shortly after his exit from Chengdu, Edmund confirmed that he has parted ways with coach Mark Hilton. A former professional tennis player who reached the second round of the 2004 Wimbledon Championships. The two officially ended their partnership last week.

Until a replacement is found, Edmund will be guided in Asia by Colin Beecher. Beecher had worked with Edmund in the past and is the former captain of the British Fed Cup team. The 48-year-old is also currently working with Dan Evans, who is also without a permanent coach.

Evans faired better on the first day of competition in Chengdu. Taking on Chinese world No.222 Bai Yan, he battled to a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4), victory after two-and-a-half hours of play. Evans was down a break twice in the decider before fighting back to clinch victory. He will play Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round.

Evans has now recorded 36 wins in 2019 compared to 17 for Edmund. Although Edmund has been hampered by a knee issue in recent months.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga becomes the first player to win four titles in Metz



Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came back from one set down to beat Slovena’s Aljaz Bedene 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 after becoming the first player to win four titles at the Moselle Open in Metz.


Tsonga becomes the ninth French winner in the past eleven editions of the Metz ATP 250 tournament. Since Gael Monfils’s triumph in 2009 David Goffin and Peter Gojowczyk are the only non French players to win the Moselle Open.

Tsonga, who made his come-back from a seven-month lay-off due to a left knee injury at last year’s edition of the Metz tournament, held each of his 17 service games and dropped just four first serve points.

The first set went on serve without break points en route to the tie-break. Bedene opened up a 4-0 lead en route to winning the tie-break 7-4 after 57 minutes.

Tsonga saved the only break point of the second set which came down to the tie-break. Tsonga won the tie-break 7-4 to force the match to the decider.

Tsonga claimed the first break in the second game of the third set to race out to a 3-0 lead. Bedene saved two break points in the fourth game and one more chance in the sixth game but he he held his serve at deuce. Tsonga never looked back in his service games and closed out the match on his first championships point with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Tsonga has won 10 of his 18 trophies on French soil.

“Mentally I was very strong. I served really well when I needed to. The match was not easy at all. Aljaz was playing really well and it was a long match. I am definitely happy to win here again. It was a very difficult match. I stayed calm, focused on doing the basics well and waited for the right moment to change the rallies. ”,said Tsonga.

 Bedene beat two seeded players Gilles Simon and Benoit Paire to reach his first final since Buenos Aires last February.

“I only dropped serve twice this week, so that is probably the best serving week of my career. I had chances today, I had a set, 4-3 and a break point. He served well and I picked the wrong side, but it was close and it could have gone either way. I am disappointed. I wanted to win, but I am also happy with the week”, said Bedene.





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In-Form Daniil Medvedev Conquers St Petersburg

The world No.4 produced a dominant display to clinch his first ever ATP trophy on home soil.



Rapidly rising star Daniil Medvedev produced an emphatic display to become the first Russian man to win the St Petersburg Open since 2004.


The world No.4 brushed aside Croatia’s Borna Coric 6-3, 6-1, to clinch his third ATP trophy of 2019. Medvedev was in clinical form against Coric from the onset as he dropped only eight points behind his serve and broke four times in total. The only negative to Medvedev’s performance was his unforced error count of 21, which was more than twice the number of winners he produced (nine).

“I’m really happy, my style is more to hide my emotions, but it was hard not to scream with joy,” Medvedev said during his on-court interview.
“I am really very happy, and thank you very much for your (the crowd) support, today was a full house.’
“I won’t list all the people to whom I would like to devote this victory to because even if my tennis is where I am now (in fourth place in the world), all this would have been impossible without many people.”

Sunday’s victory continues what is a remarkable run for the 23-year-old, who has reached the final of five consecutive tournaments on the ATP Tour. During the Summer Medvedev clinched his maiden Masters title in Cincinnati and then finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the US Open. He has now recorded 54 wins this season. More than any other player on the tour so far this year.

Medvedev’s surge in form is one that has impressed Coric, who was playing this week for the first time since withdrawing from the last grand slam of the season due to a back issue. St Petersburg was the first final Coric has contested since October 2018.

“Naturally, he picked up the keys to my game. He was better in absolutely everything and did everything much better than me.” Coric analyzed during his press conference.
“I tried everything I could, all the tactics and everything I could think of. Nothing more to say here. He had the answers to all my questions. He played just incredible.”

Medvedev has now won 24 out of his last 27 matches played and claimed 56 out of 68 sets played. He is the fourth Russian to win the St Petersburg title and first since Mikhail Youzhny back in 2004.

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