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ATP Cincinnati – Roger Federer: “I'm not going to take you through the whole thing point by point because I got other things to do”

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TENNIS ATP CINCINNATI – 15th of August 2014. R. Federer d. A. Murray 6-3, 7-5. An interview with Roger Federer

 

Q. You clawed your way back from a two break deficit in the second set. Take us through how you get yourself back level and then win.

ROGER FEDERER: I’m not going to take you through the whole thing point by point because I got other things to do, so…

No, I think he was hitting the ball a bit better midway through the second set. I think I was in a bit of a slump there for ten minutes. He took advantage of that in a big way.

The second break probably shouldn’t be one, in my opinion, when I go down 4 1. He hung tough and I think he had momentum. That’s how I get broken there.

Then I just said, Maybe I can sneak in a quick break. Maybe I can hang around. I did. I played an okay game. He was maybe a bit sloppy, I don’t remember.

But I just felt like from the start I was hitting the ball well and even when he was playing well I was able to counter that.

I figured like at 4 2 if he has to serve twice to get out of the set, I was going to get another shot. That’s when I started really believing again. That was, looking back now, clearly a big moment, you know, that 4 1 game, 4 2 game as well. They were still kind of closer games, and the match should have been three sets.

Also the first set, even though it was more one sided. Still Andy had his chances, and I think overall it was quite a close match.

Q. Is it ever in your head at all when you play a player who has maybe wobbled a little bit more often than not this season? He’s had trouble closing out matches.

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I don’t know how he is closing out matches as of late. If you look back at the Tonga match, I think it was me down a set and a break, number one.

Credit to him to actually crawl back in the match and then be up in the third.

No, I didn’t feel like I could bank on him not closing it out. Maybe when a guy is not as dominant in the past maybe I believe that a little bit extra. At the same time, when you play a player of the caliber of Andy, it’s also on his racquet.

As much as I would like to say it’s on my racquet, against him it hasn’t always felt that way, particular not in the Olympic final when he crushed me.

So from that standpoint, I’m just happy I didn’t give up. I fought really bravely. I kept pushing forward. I’m very happy how my level of play is now. It’s at a more solid level, to be quite honest.

Q. You’re playing the second semifinal tomorrow night, quite a few hours after the first one. Is that a disadvantage at all?

ROGER FEDERER: I mean, it’s not an advantage. Is it a disadvantage? I don’t know. I’ve been in the situation before I think then when Novak played late, but then the finals was earlier, too. They installed sort of a rule where there needs to be at least 18 hours between, and that’s what we have now, right?

THE MODERATOR: Yeah. 19 from semi to final.

ROGER FEDERER: Right. So there you go. It’s all fair now. No, I think it’s important. You can’t like finish at midnight and then come back at 2:00 the next day. It’s realistic, but then it’s not fair. Then you have a disadvantage.

Clearly the scary part is in the case of rain. We don’t ever talk about that, but that can have a huge factor on Sunday.

And then having it back it up twice. The other guy is easily finished. I hope no rain tomorrow. Look, focus is clear trying to win that semis and not worry about the finals. I know I got my work cut out with Raonic.

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Novak Djokovic Opens Up About Wimbledon Points Removal

The world No.1 states that he will always support the views of his peers.

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In his press conference following his win over Yoshihito Nishioka at the French Open, Novak Djokovic expressed his views about the ATP decision to remove points from Wimbledon.

 

Negatively affected by such a decision – he will drop 2000 points – the world No.1 praised the ATP’s stance and called for players’ unity.

“I think collectively I’m glad that players got together with ATP, the governing body of the men’s tennis, and showed to the Grand Slam that when there is a mistake happening, and there was from the Wimbledon side, then we have to show that there are going to be some consequences. So I support the players, unification always. I have always done that. I will always do that.” He said.

Djokovic criticized the lack of communication between the parties involved, in particular with regard to a document of recommendation by the English Government which contained diverse options. Had it been discussed by the All England Club with ATP and players, a compromise may have been reached.

“I think it was a wrong decision. I don’t support that at all. But, you know, during these times, it’s a super sensitive subject, and anything that you decide, it’s unfortunately going to create a lot of conflict, a lot of separation instead of unification.” He continued.

Djokovic also mentioned other suggestions coming from WTA and ATP, that possibly men’s and women’s players from Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia could play together at some exhibition event during the slam or something like this and prize money could go to the victims in Ukraine. There were different ideas, but there was never really a strong communication coming from Wimbledon.

He stressed that removing the points from Wimbledon, therefore not allowing players to earn or to defend points, is a decision that affects everyone, a lose-lose situation for everyone, as he called it.

Nonetheless, the charm and prestige of Wimbledon shall rest unaltered and its meaningfulness extends far beyond: “A Grand Slam is still a Grand Slam. Wimbledon for me was always my dream tournament when I was a child. You know, I don’t look at it through the lens of points or prize money. For me, it’s something else.”

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Injury-Hit Borna Coric Reacts To First Grand Slam Win In 16 Months

The Croat admits he was unsure how his shoulder would hold up in his opening match at Roland Garros.

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Borna Coric said he is relieved that his body managed to hold up during his opening win at the French Open on Sunday.

 

The former world No.12 spent almost three hours on the court before defeating Spain’s Carlos Taberner 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, in what was his first Grand Slam match of any kind since the 2021 Australian Open. Paris is only the seventh tournament Coric has played in since returning to the Tour following a year-long absence due to shoulder surgery. The 25-year-old is yet to win back-to-back matches this season.

It does feel great. I didn’t know what to expect in terms of my shoulder because I’ve never been in the fourth set, fifth set (of a match) for one-and-a-half years,” said Coric.
“So it was also kind of worrying for me, I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know how I’m going to feel and how my whole body is going to behave in those later sets. Obviously I’ve been practicing it, but it’s really never the same.”

Impressively the Croat produced a total of 54 winners against 39 unforced errors in his latest match in the French capital. Furthermore, he won 76% of his first service points and 53% of his second.

“The last few weeks haven’t been very easy, I lost many tight matches. I mean, I was also quite happy with my tennis, but I was just losing,” he reflected.

Coric was once tipped to be the future of men’s tennis after rising quickly up the ranks at a young age. In 2014 he was the youngest player to end the season in the top 100 and a year last he was the youngest to do so in the top 50. He has recorded a total of nine wins over top five players, including Roger Federer, as well as winning two Tour titles.

In the second round at Roland Garros Coric will take on the formidable Grigor Dimitrov who has been ranked as high as third in the world. He will enter the clash as the underdog given his ongoing comeback from injury. At present Coric’s principal focus is on his body but that will change in the coming weeks.

Until Wimbledon my health needs to come first and after Wimbledon I can kind of try to switch in my mind so I can start playing more and more tournaments. I can train more and I can focus more on the tennis rather than on my shoulder,” he explains.

Coric has reached the third round of the French Open on four previous occasions.

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Felix Auger Aliassime Wins First Ever Roland Garros Match In Five Sets

Felix Auger-Aliassime earned his first ever victory at Roland Garros.

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The Canadian found himself down two sets to none but fought back to pull off the comeback in a thrilling five set victory.

 

Felix Auger Aliassime is into the second round of the French Open for the first time in his career after battling back to beat the Peruvian qualifier Juan Pablo Varillas in five sets 2-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 in three hours and 14 minutes.

The Montreal native finished the match serving 14 aces and hitting 52 winners in a match that featured a lot of long rallies from behind the baseline.

“It was a dream for me to play here, it was an honor and my first time on Phillipe Chatrier and my first win at Roland Garros and I had to work hard to get it and credit my opponent he played very well today.”

The Peruvian started the match by breaking the number nine seed right out of the gate and at 3-1 managed to turn that break into a double break as he served out the first set with ease.

The first two games of the second went on serve but again the world number 122 seemed to play better as the Canadian looked stunned, searching for answers.

The Lima native once again took an early lead to take a 3-1 lead and again that seemed like enough for the Peruvian as he served out the second set and was one set away from an improbable upset.

The third set is where the Canadian started to turn things around and his groundstrokes seemed to have more precision. At 2-1 it was the Montreal native who got the first break of serve.

After consolidating the break the world number nine was hungry for more and turned that break into a double break and it looked like the match was turning in his favour.

The Canadian served out the third set to send it to a fourth looking to send it to a decider.

The Montreal native rode the momentum from winning the third into the fourth set where after holding the opening service game got the early break once again taking a 2-0 lead.

At 5-3 with the Peruvian looking to stay in the set, Auger Aliassime managed to get another break to win the set and send the match to a fifth set.

The fifth set stayed on serve until 4-3 when the Canadian had four chances to break and at the fourth time of asking he was able to break and serve out the match to complete the comeback.

After the match in his on court interview he was asked about the adjustments he made in the third set to turn the match around and pull off the win.

“I tried to give myself some more space and a little more time, my opponent at the beginning was playing very quick, aggressive, and flat so I tried a couple things and I also served better and after that it was easier.”

The Canadian will next face either Aslan Karatsev or Camilo Ugo Carabelli in the next round.

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