Roger Federer: Tsonga Deserved the Win, US Open is Far Away [Video]
by Tom Gainey | August 12th, 2011, 9:43 am
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Roger Federer’s struggles continued yesterday at the Rogers Cup in Montreal where the Swiss was upset once again by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 76, 46, 61. Federer says he’s fine physically and he’ll now shift focus toward Cincinnati which starts on Monday.

His post-match presser is below:

Q. Are you as surprised as the rest of us are by the result tonight?
ROGER FEDERER: I don’t know. I mean, he beat me at Wimbledon. So I don’t know how much of a surprise it is.
He’s playing well. I thought if he was going to play well again, me not at my best, he could do it again. It’s not like he’s beating me the first time.

Q. Describe the conditions tonight. It’s cold and windy. How did that affect your game or plan going into the match?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I didn’t think it was that particularly windy or cold. It was fine. It was cooler. You know, you don’t maybe sweat as much as the previous days. Maybe that’s also why we both had to do a toilet break at the end of the second, just because you don’t sweat it all out.
Other than that, the conditions were fine. Sure, it’s different playing under the lights all of a sudden again. It hasn’t happened in a while actually. Might be the last match I played under the lights was against him in Rome. That was on clay. Before that, probably Miami. So it takes some getting used to.
You know, I mean, I thought the match was all right. From the conditions standpoint, it wasn’t an issue. It was a nice crowd, so it was fun.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in French.

Q. Where does he hurt you?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, he’s confident right now and he played an excellent third set. The first two sets were tighter. I should maybe have won the first one. I had some opportunities. In the second I was able to hold my serve. I might have won, but he was able to finish off the match very well.

Q. Is it a special combination here in Montréal against him? You’ve lost twice.
ROGER FEDERER: No. Two years ago he didn’t really deserve the victory. I believe he played a lot better today, and he deserved it today. Two years ago I think he was lucky to pull out the win. Tonight he played well and he played extraordinary shots as we know he can do. I was not able to do that.

Q. What are you going to do now? Are you going to stay here to practice?
ROGER FEDERER: I don’t know yet. But I will practice before Cincinnati, for sure.

Q. So the only hope you have now is Stan in this tournament?
ROGER FEDERER: Oh, yes, I hope he wins.

Q. Are you going to give him some advice?
ROGER FEDERER: He doesn’t need advice. He’s strong enough.

Q. Do you believe that the difference tonight was because Tsonga was playing more aggressive, especially in his return games and also at the beginning of the third set?
ROGER FEDERER: He returned from very far back. I don’t know if this is returning aggressively. I know I didn’t play well in that third set, and he was able to hold his serve, sometimes with the wind behind him.
In that third set, he played really nice shots. I did some also. On this fast surface, the match was tight, and it was only a matter of a few points.

Q. What positive can you draw from this tournament?
ROGER FEDERER: I played two matches. I feel good physically. New York is in one month. It’s far away. For the time being, the focus is here, not elsewhere. But if you want to talk about the US Open, I can tell you I feel good mentally and I’m playing well, if that’s the goal for everybody else, but it’s not mine right now.


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8 Comments for Roger Federer: Tsonga Deserved the Win, US Open is Far Away [Video]

jane Says:

Fed was close in that match. Had he broken in the first, he’d've won, but Tsonga hung in there and then ran away with the third. He is a great player and things seem to be clicking for him since firing his coach. I remember thinking how fast Roger is, while watching the first set. I didn’t get to see the third but maybe he’d just slowed down by then. Or maybe it was Jo’s fire power. Either way, no shame in losing to Tsonga.


grendel Says:

Fed says:”He returned from very far back. I don’t know if this is returning aggressively”.

Well, I think it was – indirectly. Because so often, he neutralised Fed’s serve, so that they continued the rally on even terms. And then, Tsonga was just too good. Federer was playing well, too, on the whole – one wonderful low volley off a Tsonga cracker made me purr (and wonder why he so often nets much easier ones….). Tsonga wore a very great player down, this was some achievement – both measured and explosive.

At Wimbledon, Tsonga said ruefully that he could beat everyone except Djokovic. The nature of his win yesterday – an emphatic one- gives added weight to his remark. He’s got to be a serious contender now for the US Open.

It was sad to see Federer overwhelmed. But on the other hand, Tsonga has always been, potentially, a glorious and unique talent who somehow never quite did himself justice. He seems to me to have matured and, health permitting, we can expect to see the best of this very exciting player.

If he’s on song, it is going to take a very smart player to beat him. Noone is going to outhit him, as Federer tried to do.


alison hodge Says:

i wonder if tsonga is going to be the next big thing in mens tennis,it would not surprise me one little bit,roger played well and didnt realy do much wrong its just that joe played brilliantly,mind you i thought that last year about berdy after he beat both roger and nole to get to the final of wimbledon,and also beating murray to get to the semis of the french open,however he didnt build on that sucess and sadly has gone in the oposite direction,so only time will tell.


alison hodge Says:

i wonder if tsonga is going to be the next big thing in mens tennis,it would not surprise me one little bit,roger played well and didnt realy do much wrong its just that joe played brilliantly,mind you i thought that last year about berdy after he beat both roger and nole to get to the final of wimbledon,and also beating murray to get to the semis of the french open,however he didnt build on that sucess and sadly has gone in the oposite direction,so only time will tell.


bstevens Says:

The only thing I feel that Fed could have done differently was hit more slices in the rallies. That way, maybe it would take some flow out of Tsonga’s aggressive baseline game. Other than that, Tsonga was playing super confident and serving extremely well and deserved the win. If Tsonga plays like this against Djokovic, we can be in for a treat.


Lou Says:

Federer fans:

Don’t lose hope in ur player,believe in him!

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dari Says:

Okay, Lou! Will do!
GO ROGER
ONE MORE


atong Says:

Well, Federer is getting old. Age is taking its toll on him. It is downhill for him now. Djokovic is the big man in tennis now . . . but I am not counting out Nadal yet.

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