Roger Federer After Loss: I Feel Okay, It’s In The Past Already, It’s Not That Bad
by Staff | January 26th, 2012, 9:14 am
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Roger Federer suffered yet another crushing loss Thursday night in Melbourne. In the semifinals of the Australian Open Federer lost in four sets to arch rival Rafael Nadal 67, 62, 76, 64.

The loss snapped Federer’s 24-match win run and extended his Slam-less streak to eight.

Further, Nadal now leads Federer 18-9 in their head-to-head series, and 8-2 in Grand Slam play.

Federer said after the loss that he isn’t overly disappointed by the defeat.

Here’s Federer’s presser:

Q. It was another great, great match, but also big loss. How do you explain it? Do you think it was a matter of few points or also legs at the end were a little tired?

ROGER FEDERER: I thought Rafa played well from start to finish, really. I started really well myself. It was obviously a big set for me to win, and missed obviously the opportunities in some of all the sets maybe.

But Rafa did well to hang in there. At the end was a bit better. It was a tough match physically as well, but, you know, only beginning of the season.

I’m feeling all right, so it’s okay.

Q. You’re having trouble with your forehand. Was there any reason for that, do you think?
ROGER FEDERER: I don’t think it was that bad. I’m always gonna miss forehands because I have to go after the ball. If I just put it into play he’ll smack it. So it’s pretty simple. I have to keep him driving it, and obviously at times I clipped the tape a bit too often.

But I hit flatter than Rafa, so it’s always gonna happen, some of it. I thought I retrieved well again. Obviously the surface is not the fastest, but he does a good job getting a lot of balls back and staying in the points.

And then obviously he’s got great passing shots and so forth. You have to, you know, go after it and try your best there.

Q. We have heard what Rafa thinks of the rivalry. What’s your take on it after a game like that tonight?
ROGER FEDERER: We have had good matches over the years. I enjoy playing him. The crowd really gets into it, which is nice. We have a lot of respect for each other, which is good, too, I think.

I hope it inspires future generations or other players, you know, being nice to each other on the court and all that stuff.

You know, works as well at the highest of levels. Yeah, we also kind of, you know, play well against each other. I always think he plays a bit better against me than against other players, but that’s good for him.

Q. We saw his emotions after the match. What were yours as you left the court?
ROGER FEDERER: I didn’t see what he was doing, you know. I don’t see much, anyway, because I turn around very often and I focus on my thing.

You know, I mean, I was slightly disappointed, obviously, you know, leaving center court, because I, you know, felt like my game was good, you know, and I could have done something in the finals potentially.

But I don’t have to worry about that now anymore. It’s fine. I feel okay now. You know, it’s in the past already.

Q. How many times do you think you’ll keep coming back here?
ROGER FEDERER: How many times? I hope often.

Q. Still have a few left in you, do you think?
ROGER FEDERER: Yes, I do.

Q. I think you lost 11 points after the break. Is there any frustration in having a timeout in the middle of an intense match like that with the fireworks?
ROGER FEDERER: It’s not helpful, that’s for sure. Then again, I know I lost a lot of points in a row. I probably don’t want to say I would have lost the set anyway, but I was down in the score.

The important was to get back from that Love40. Like you say, I lost many, many points in a row. It was surprising to me. At the French Open finals there also is I think multiple interruptions. You know, in many of the matches we have had that in the match.

Obviously if you’re gonna play that many times, you’ll always have some strange things happening during matches. That was a different one. I have had it in the past. I don’t remember sitting out and waiting for it, but I remember playing Lleyton here on Australia Day. I don’t remember if we sat down or actually played through it.

But they told us before, so it wasn’t a surprise for us, and we could I don’t want to say plan with it but kind of almost waited for the fireworks, you know, to start until our game was over, which is kind of nice.

Q. The margins are always so fine and you had to deal with  if you win everything it’s fine, and if you lose everything is sort of a disaster.
ROGER FEDERER: Depends who you ask.

Q. You cope with these victories and losses more than anyone on the tour right now. How do you keep your equilibrium on occasions like this?
ROGER FEDERER: You look at that I haven’t lost in five months or something, you know. It’s not that bad. Don’t feel too sorry for me kind of thing. Obviously I would have loved to have come through and, you know, gotten a crack, a chance at winning the title here again.

It’s been one of the most successful tournaments in my life here. It’s the ninth time I am in the straight semifinals. Clearly I’m disappointed.

But then again, important is the reaction from now, you know. Where do I go from here? You know, start planning other trips. Start planning the preparations, and, again, have, you know, a good reaction like I showed after the US Open.

Q. Do you think there was a key moment today maybe when you had break point…
ROGER FEDERER: There was many. There was many key moments, not just one, in my opinion.

Q. Do you think Rafa seems to play better against you than the other players? Do you know why? Do you have an explanation?

ROGER FEDERER: I don’t know if it’s true. It’s my assumption. I feel he plays really good against me. Now obviously I play a different game, too. I have a onehanded backhand. He’s played me that many times on clay, so maybe he always draws something out of those matches.

He’s also got a winning record against me which maybe gives him extra confidence, I don’t know. Yeah, I think he has a clear plan and he follows that one very well.

Like I said, I think he just plays good, you know, and he’s obviously improved a lot on all surfaces over the years. Anyway, every surface is very similar today, otherwise we couldn’t have achieved all these things on all these different surfaces so quickly, like him and myself.

He’s a very good player, obviously.

Q. It’s always an event when you two play. Did the sense of occasion feel significantly different today, given it was a semifinal and not a final?
ROGER FEDERER: Not really. I mean, once I start a tournament I don’t read much press or none at all so I don’t know exactly how much the buildup was to it, you know, compared to a finals.

So I figured people got excited, because I was, and I was very happy with my game this entire tournament. Even today, you know, I had good moments.

Yeah, so I don’t know if it was for me it didn’t feel any different, you know, a finals or a semis against Rafa. It’s always an occasion, like you mentioned.

Yeah, it was the same.

Q. Did it feel different though walking off before a trophy presentation this time?
ROGER FEDERER: It’s nicer, yeah. I prefer to walk off this way than having to go through the trophy ceremony after losing.

Q. You now trail 82 in Grand Slams to Nadal. Is that in your mind when you go on court?
ROGER FEDERER: No, not really.

Q. (Question regarding Rafa’s record against him in Grand Slams.)
ROGER FEDERER: No, I respect it. I think he’s doing great against me. It is what it is, you know. At the end I care about my titles, if I’m happy or not as a person. Headtoheads for me, I mean, are not the most important. If I beat Andre 10 times in a row or Lleyton many times in a row, at the end of the day I don’t care.

I remember the matches on that given day, that I played well against them or not, and I don’t remember the headtohead that much. All I know is that we’ve played many times, and either comes my way or his way. Rallies have gone a little bit more his way obviously.

Q. If you’re down two sets to one versus Nadal, is that the worst feeling you can have against another player? He’s the player that worries more you when the match goes long, long, long, three hours and so on? No difference?
ROGER FEDERER: No, no. You’re in the wrong sport if you think that way. I mean, Ferrer did great yesterday, you know, trying to plug away after losing first set, second set. He could have gotten both.

You just keep on trying and keep on working hard, you know. It’s still a long way to the finish line. And, again, it was awfully close in the fourth set. Turned it around, and you never know how he feels in the fifth set.

I’m not worried going into five sets against him. If I were, you know, I wouldn’t be the player I am today.

It’s very important to be strong mentally, believe in your physical, you know, capabilities, yeah. So wrong question to the wrong guy.

Q. Do you have a pick from the other semi? What kind of game do you think Andy will play now since he’s working with Lendl against Djokovic?
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, look, they just started. You have to give it some time, too. I would assume. I think both are playing really well. I knew that or have the feeling that both of them are gonna have another very good season.

How good starting now we’ll see who makes the finals. But it’s going to be an interesting match to follow. One guy has to lose, so it’s not so simple.

But I think both are playing good enough also again to win this title. I think all four of us really. But there’s only gonna be one winner, and I’m interested to see who it’s gonna be, too.


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24 Comments for Roger Federer After Loss: I Feel Okay, It’s In The Past Already, It’s Not That Bad

Michael Says:

True at his age, even coming to a major semi is a tough task and he is doing that consistently in the last two years which is an achievement by itself. But if you are Roger, the expectations are much more and he is not able to fulfil it so far.

I for one would have been very happy had he beat Nadal today because he would proved a point or two to his doubters. But that was not to be and Nadal once again triumphed. Even when Federer took that first set and had a break in the second, he was not all that confident in the court and was always committing far too many unforced errors which cost him the match ultimately. But as Roger himself has accepted, it is Nadal’s persistent pressure which has forced such errors creeping into Roger’s game.

As some critics of Roger often say “Nadal is in Roger’s head”. But I always disputed that contention. However, after seeing today’s match I need to grudginly accept that they are right in their assessment and Nadal is very much in Roger’s head or else how can you explain so many UEs from Roger especially when he was in a brilliant form this tournament even dispatching Delpo in straights ????


Lou Says:

Roger was undone by his obstinate attitude in the match. His inability to hit to Nadal’s backhand constantly defied his win today whereas Nadal stuck to the gameplan and drilled it out.It’s confirmed Rafa is indded in Roger’s mind! Roger Federer- Responsible for his own Downfall? http://bit.ly/zpv4QI


Michael Says:

The match between Novak and Rafa if it does take place in this Australian Open provided Murray do not play spoilsport is very important for both the players and more important for Nadal. Anyone winning this will be carrying forward the confidence in future contests. Novak has already six straight wins over Rafa and just imagine how this win will do to his confidence and he might go on to win even Rolland Garros which has been eluding him so far. On the other hand if Nadal wins one finally he would have proven a point to his critics and might turn the table against Novak once more especially when he is going to do this on Novak’s favourite court. So what a pulsating contest will it be if that happens ??


Steve Says:

I agree…not sure what the problem is, but he has to try something else, Fed. What can you say…Nadal is phenomenal. It just very well end up we call Nadal the GOAT as he is amazing. I watched the 2nd set too and knew that Fed was going to break. How can Fed win if he can’t really break Nadal (he breaks and then gets broken). This doesn’t really happen to Nadal. Fed need to get those serves in and stop being so so agressive, in my opinion. But…they all talk about being aggressive. Sometimes, I think there are moments at least when Fed needs to change gears and this, he has problems doing.


johhnny Says:

Arrogance all over the place, good that Rafa gave him another sobering session. Retire the old man, save some pride if you still have it in you.


Ajet Says:

Love You Roger, Stay Positive Champion!!!

It’s not the end of the world! You’ll again have chances to beat nadal in a slam, take them when they come next time! Keep Trying and Stay Happy!

ALLEZ!!!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

What an inspiring man.

“You look at that I haven’t lost in five months or something, you know. It’s not that bad. Don’t feel too sorry for me kind of thing.”


Raging Bull Says:

Ajet Says:

It’s not the end of the world! You’ll again have chances to beat nadal in a slam, take them when they come next time!

January 26th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

As a Rafa fan I really hope Federer gets those “chances” consistently in future.


Ajet Says:

”Raging Bull Says:
Ajet Says:

It’s not the end of the world! You’ll again have chances to beat nadal in a slam, take them when they come next time!

January 26th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

As a Rafa fan I really hope Federer gets those “chances” consistently in future.”

Why don’t you worship some God? Your wishes may be granted after all! ;)

Ok, from my side, just let me say:
Let your(which is also mine!) wish(i.e. fed and rafa meeting in all slams from now unwards until fed retires, hehe) be granted! LOL ;)


Ajet Says:

Issued in fed fan’s interest:

don’t pray to god for fed’s win next time he faces nadal in a slam! it’s not gonna help one bit! what’ll a mythical figure like god can do when a real figure like federer keeps screwing himself up against rafa!!! LOL ;)


adale23 Says:

I am of the mind like many others. Roger Federer is NOT the greatest of all time. How can he be when he loses more than wins against Nadal?

If Rafa had been healthy and in good physical form more, he’d for sure have just as many titles or more than Roger.
If everyone’s healthy and playing their best tennis in a tournament it’s obvious Rafa would win everytime.

Don’t get me wrong. Obviously Federer is a fantastic player. And is very consistent, and luckily for him his game isn’t too hard on him physically so he’s in better health more.
Therefore he has 16 majors.
But if he hasn’t beaten Nadal in a major in nearly fire years. And even then, he only has twice beaten him in a major. Rafa has beaten him eight times.

Roger better than Nadal? No. so he can’t be the greatest ever.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Oh, Lord! Please, no Fedal wars! I absolutely love Rafa and I root for him everytime he steps foot on a tennis court, but to say he would’ve won as many titles as Fed if he were always healthy is just ridiculous! As good as Rafa’s head-to-head with Federer is, for years Fed was undeniably better against the field on hard courts. Anyway, “what if” scenarios are pointless. We could say “What if Djokovic hadn’t tinkered with his serve or discovered his gluten allergy sooner?” I’m not going to consider that question!


rogerafa Says:

@ adale23

Do you know what Rod Laver, considered by many to be the best that ever played the game, has to say on this issue? Surely he knows more about tennis than most. Go to the website of Herald Sun, an Australian daily and search for his top-ten of the modern era. To be fair to Rafa, he has not finished his career and Roger is probably not going to win any major. Rafa could end with 25 majors but, as of now, he is a prospective contender for the title of the so called GOAT.


tennisfansince76 Says:

interesting how roger says, “Anyway, every surface is very similar today, otherwise we couldn’t have achieved all these things on all these different surfaces so quickly, like him and myself.” how true. you can play almsot the same style on any surface now. if it was how it used to be w/ more of a spread btw from clay to grass any one player would have a much harder time having consistent results across all the surfaces. there would still be clay and grass court specalists. there really is no such thing now.


raven Says:

I agree that all the surfaces are the same now, so to say Rafa has improved on all surfaces is bullcrap. It is teh surface being the same that has allowed Rafa to win. Not totake anything away from Rafa, he is a great player. I can play the “what if” game too, if all teh surfaces were like beforer, Rafa probably would not have won that many slams over Roger.

will always love Roger, You still the best ever.


Raging bull Says:

Federer Says:

Like I said, I think he just plays good, you know, and he’s obviously improved a lot on all surfaces over the years.

raven Says:

so to say Rafa has improved on all surfaces is bullcrap.

You guys are really entertaining.
This site definitely needs the Fed-tards to continue firing all cylinders.


Michael Says:

Where is Roger’s best chance to beat Nadal in a major from now on ? Probably Wimbledon. But thereto Nadal has proved his greatness by consistently reaching the final. Might be with a bit of luck and on a day when Nadal is not at his best, Roger will have that chance. But there is noway for Roger to win, If Nadal plays like he did yesterday. This is because Roger is not as consistent as Nadal.


Michael Says:

Why Nadal is so invincible ? It is very rare to see Nadal’s first serve percentage fail. It always clicks. But for the rest, it often fails including Roger, Novak and Murray. I do not know what is the secret behind this ? Might be Nadal is so consistent with his serve because he serves at a slow speed or whatever it is. The first serve if it clicks is psychologically much better against opponents and Nadal is head and shoulders above in that department compared to the rest of the field.


van orten Says:

best chance for roger to beat nadal is a fast hard court…cincy and us open ..definetly there…he could have executed the most of his forehands more easily at flushing yesterday ..so hope for at least one final encounter this year….if he loses well then good night


Everyone is entitled to my opinion Says:

Is Cloud Cuckoo Land in Switzerland?


M Says:

Bottom line is that the Roger’s shots don’t cause as much impact as Nadal’s; look at Nadal’s muscles! He hits hard and fast and Roger is soft but calculated. I think Roger has to concentrate on hitting the ball hard.


rave Says:

Raging Bull, what’s wrong wth still firing on all cylinders for Fed? Are you trying to tell fed fans because he keeps losing to Nadal that we should abandon him and worship at Nadal’s shrine like you. How ridiculous! Most of Fed’s fans will still be cheering for him, win or lose. And EIETMP, CLoud cuckoo Land in Switzerland is still better than the Land of the A– Aroma.


rave Says:

And another thing, Did Fed ever put himself in the category of GOAT. He started playing tennis because he loves the game, he played tennis for himself and eventually for his fans. He won a alot of slams and made and broke other records along the way. Never once have I heard him refer to himself as the GOAT. The GOAT debate is moronic, it is more of a personal opinion, but now is used by people and sportscaster and some people as weapon to demean. Fed is going to keep enjoying tennis for himself first and foremost, and for a lot of his fans and that is the way we like it. And to hell with the GOAT debate. What a waste of time and emotion.


Jamie Says:

Psychic predictions for the upcoming months:

AO Djokovic(duh)

FO Nadal

Wimbledon and USO is where it gets exciting for Murray. She thinks he might win both and become #1.

Murray will become Nole’s new nemesis and beat him many times. AO is a just a preview of Murray’s future. He will only get better. Great times for Murray fans in the second semester of 2012. She thinks Del Potro might win a slam in 2013.

No more slams for Federer, BTW.

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