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Roger Federer: “I missed too many opportunities. I did not play like I wanted to play”



TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 1st of June 2014. E. Gulbis d. R. Federer 6-7, 7-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. An interview with Roger Federer


Q. Tough luck today. How do you assess your form today? What are your thoughts on the match?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I guess it’s a bit all over the place, you know. Clearly very disappointed, you know, not to come through with the win. After the chance in the second set, fighting back in the fourth, not to play a better fifth set.

A lot of regrets here now. But I think Gulbis, you know, did a good job of hanging around and clearly coming back in that second set was crucial for him, I think.

So it was a tough match and I’m disappointed I lost it.


Q. That was quite a long injury timeout at the end of the fourth set. Did you have any troubles staying warm or keeping your focus during that period?

ROGER FEDERER: No, I mean, I went through the same thing against Tursunov, you know. So if the rules allow you to do that, you know, what can you do? There is nothing much.

It’s definitely something that hasn’t happened very often against me. Back to back matches, they leave the court, go for treatment and then come back. You don’t know what they were doing. Must be lower back or thigh or groin or something like that, because the rest they have to do on the court.

So, I mean, that’s part of the game, you know. In the past I guess it’s been abused much more than today, but still, what can you tell? He didn’t look hurt in any way. But if you can use it, you know, might as well do it.


Q. How hard is it to come out against somebody like Ernests? I mean, you don’t know who is going to show up, the Ernests who can really play or the Ernests whose head is someplace else.

ROGER FEDERER: Honestly, I knew what to expect. I know how he plays, and he’s got a good serve and all that, you know.

I just have my side. I just wish I could have played a bit better, just overall.

But still, you know, I think I got in the match all right. It was tough early on in the first set. So that was very big, you know, to win that tiebreaker. So I was very happy with that.

And then the second set was difficult, you know. I was up 40 Love when my serve got broken. I’d break right back, and then I have the 40 15 game I guess it was, and don’t close it out and things got tough from then on for like a half an hour for me.

But, you know, I kept fighting. And Ernests was also doing a good job of keeping the pace up on his serve and also trying to play aggressive with his backhand from the baseline.

So, I mean, I kind of knew what I was expecting today.


Q. I’d like to ask you about the future, because most of the people are saying the best Grand Slam for you, the one you can win is Wimbledon. Do you feel like that? Do you feel you can still win Wimbledon?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I do feel so. Clearly first the focus is on Halle, try to defend my title there. It’s nice going back to a place where I have to defend something. Hasn’t been like this for a while, so that’s something I’m looking forward to.

Yeah, I think when I’m healthy, like I have been now for the last six to nine months, I think clearly I can also decide the outcome of the matches more than I could last year. So I”m very excited about my chances for Wimbledon now this time.


Q. Going back to the rules which let people go to have some massage, to stop the game in some way and come back, and yesterday we have a match when the player won just six points and lost the set 6 0, and then came back and was fantastic player. Do you think it is correct, is normal, and do you think is a normal game that you can do something, you can ask maybe for the ATP to do something for someone?

ROGER FEDERER: This is an ITF event, just by the way.


Q. Sorry.

ROGER FEDERER: Well, is three, five, seven minutes really that much of a problem? I’m just asking, you know. It’s actually not. It could be a little rain and it could be the same thing. Here it’s just a little timeout, and that’s it.

Clearly you can interpret it in so many ways, and I think, you know, you’re not allowed to go to the toilet anymore during the set. I came through my career in the beginning where everybody used to take a toilet break at 5 4 when you’re serving for the match (laughter). Everybody had to run to the bathroom at that point when I was younger. So that was like a given, almost.

Then there was an injury timeout maybe just before that, or right after that, depending on how you used it (laughter).

So I grew up with that. So now, I mean, it’s like a big deal when a guy goes to the bathroom like on the set breaks. Give me a break, it’s like, when it’s cold like this, you have to go to the toilet. Sometimes when you go deep in a match, sometimes you can have treatment because the rule allows you to.

But clearly you don’t want anybody to abuse it, you know. I hope that Ernests didn’t or whatever, whoever did it doesn’t do it for that.

But you can call the doctor and the trainer at any time and talk to them, you know, and then they can evaluate you, what the problem is and then the treatment starts.

Actually on center court everything happens much faster. I think of court 16 out of the blue there is a court call and then there is like five at the same time, don’t have enough physios sometimes.

So that’s a problem out there. But on center court it all happens pretty quickly, I think, and they are always on standby. It’s not that bad, you know.

But I just think as long as integrity is fine and the players do it because of obvious reasons, it’s okay.

But if it’s just to disrupt play for the other guy, then clearly it’s not really, really nice. Not very fair.


Q. Now, with hindsight and your experience, can you forget this defeat? It was Robredo in the US Open. There was Wimbledon. Are you going to forget this defeat, or do you think you missed an opportunity?

ROGER FEDERER: For every match you can’t necessarily explain why you lost. Sometimes you’re more disappointed; sometimes less.

I’m not mad, but I’m not happy, either. Because I missed too many opportunities. I did not play like I wanted to play.

What it boils down to is I lose in five sets. I had so many opportunities. Obviously I don’t want to try to answer questions to try and explain those mistakes. I’m going to try and think about something else and I don’t have to prepare for a match in two days, anyway (laughter). What’s done is done.

I’m happy to leave now and do something else. Stakhovsky, that was a shock because I knew the danger, but I did not expect to lose in Wimbledon in the second round after so many years.

And the defeat against Robredo, that was a difficult year last year in the US Open. It was probably the toughest for me. It was wet, wet conditions. It was sort of strange game on the Louis Armstrong. It was just difficult.

I was trying to understand where I stood. But this time I was in good shape, and I think I could have done better. That’s why I’m probably even more disappointed this time.


Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claim their first ATP Finals title in London



The French team formed by Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed their first men’s doubles title with a 6-3 6-4 win over Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in 70 minutes at the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London ending the 2019 ATP season on a high note with back-to-back titles in Paris Bercy and London. They remained unbeaten during the whole week at the ATP Finals in London winning all five matches in straight sets.


Herbert and Mahut fended off all four break points they faced scoring their ninth consecutive match win. The French doubles specialists have become the first team to win the doubles ATP Finals title without dropping a set since Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in 2015.

Herbert and Mahut fended off break points in the third game of the match before earning the only break of the opening set in the next game. The Frenchmen saved a break point in the sixth game before breaking serve in the seventh game.

They have become the French team to win the ATP Finals doubles title since Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro, who triumphed in Shanghai in 2005.

Herbert and Mahut have won 15 doubles titles as a team during their career. This year they became the eighth men’s doubles team to complete the career Grand Slam at last January’s Australian Open and also won the Rolex Paris Masters in front of their home fans.

Last year they came within one point of winning the ATP Finals title against Mike Bryan and Jack Sock after holding a match point.

“Thank you Nicolas for sharing the court, for having so much enjoyable moments and giving me so much joy, when I am with you on the court. You played an unbelievable final, so thank you for that”, said Pierre Hugues Herbert.


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Jannik Sinner wins his third ATP Challenger in Ortisei



Jannik Sinner won the ATP Challenger in Ortisei adding another title to his impressive collection of trophies he lifted during a memorable 2019 season.


The 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion beat world number 173 Sebastian Ofner from Austria 6-2 6-4 in 1 hour and 6 minutes in the final of the Sparkasse Challenger Val Gardena Sudtirol at the Tennis Center in Ortisei.

Sinner won his third ATP Challenger title in 2019 after his previous wins in Bergamo and Lexington. He also reached the final in Ostrava. During the tournament the 18-year-old player from San Candido beat Lucas Miedler in the first round, Roberto Marcora in the second round, Federico gaio in the quarter final and Antoine Hoang in the semifinal without dropping a set.

Sinner will improve his ranking to his career-high at world number 78 in the ATP Ranking becoming the sixth best ranked Italian player after Matteo Berrettini, Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego, Marco Cecchinato and Andreas Seppi.

Sinner broke serve in the fifth game of the opening set to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner missed two game points in the seventh game. The Austrian player faced another break point after his third double fault. In the next game Sinner saved the first break point he faced. Sinner closed out the first set 6-2 after two backhand errors from Ofner in the eighth game.

Sinner went up a break to open up a 2-0 lead, but Ofner broke back in the fourth game and held on his serve to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner saved three break points in the seventh game to take a 4-3. Sinner converted his fourth break point in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and served out the win with two consecutive aces.

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Tomas Berdych: It Is Up To Others To Decide My Legacy

The former top-10 player spoke with reporters for the first time since officially retiring from the sport



Tomer Berdych (far left) among group of recently retired player's attending special presentation at The 2019 ATP Finals

LONDON: Tomas Berdych has said his future plans is ‘to not have a plan’ after officially retiring from tennis on Saturday at the age of 34.


The former Wimbledon runner-up joined a series of other former players to celebrate their careers in a special on-court presentation at the ATP Finals. Also present was Radek Stepanek and David Ferrer. News of Berdych’s decision to walk away from the sport surfaced earlier this week after a Czech newspaper spoke with his father Martin.

Speculation has mounted in recent months about Berdych’s future in the sport after struggles with injury issues concerning his back and hip. He hasn’t played on the tour since the US Open. Overall, he has only managed to play 22 matches this season. Winning 13 of them.

“I was able to train, practice, prepare, and then you get to the tournament, and then I play three games, the problem came back.” Berdych explained during a press conference about his decision.
“You put all the negative stuff on the one side, and then the positive is to go on court, fight, win the match, and there was no chance to achieve that. There is really no point to continue.”

Playing in the shadows on the Big Four contingent, the Czech still managed to establish himself as a household name. Albeit on a smaller scale. As of this week, he is ranked as the 11th highest-earning player on the ATP Tour in history with more than $29 million in prize money. His achievements include winning 13 ATP titles and spending 794 consecutive weeks in the top 100. At his peak, he was fourth in the world rankings and finished seven seasons inside the top 10.

Like any other player, it hasn’t always been a smooth journey for Berdych. One example was during the 2012 Australian Open where he was booed off the court after defeating Nicolas Almagro during what was a bad-tempered encounter. However, fortunately, most of his career has been free from controversy.

“Do I have any regrets? No, I think even the bad things or the negative experience that I went through or I experienced or I have done, I think they were there for the reason. I think without them, I wouldn’t be as good as I was.” Berdych stated.
“I think even the bad ones were there for a reason.”

Now he has stepped away from the sport for good, what does the future have in store? According to the Czech, he is in no intention of rushing into anything else soon. Although he admits that it may not be tennis-related.

“The plan is actually not to have any plans. The last 15, 20 years was so hectic and so demanding that I just need to just to breathe out easily after all those years.”

As the chapter closes on the career of one of the Czech Republic’s most successful male players in the Open Era, he leaves the sport with high respect from both his fans and fellow rivals. As for his legacy, he says that it is not for him to decide.

“I think I’m not the correct one to judge that. I was trying to do the best I possibly can, and I think this is something that you created with your achievement and with your behavior.” He concludes.

Berdych’s career in numbers

2 – number of Davis Cup titles won
4 – highest ATP ranking achieved
13– number of ATP titles
53 – number of wins over top 10 players
342 – number of losses on the ATP Tour
640 – number of wins on the ATP Tour
2002 – the year he turned pro
2019 – the year he retired
29,491,328 – career prize money (in US dollars)

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