It was a tough day at the office for Roger Federer. Playing in his first ATP final of the season, Federer was swept away by Rafael Nadal this afternoon 61, 63 in the championship match at the Rome Italian Open.
Federer, who hadn’t dropped a set all week, was down 61, 30 and in danger of losing the most lopsided match of his career. Afterward, Federer admitted little went right today against his rival Rafa.
“[It was a ] one sided result,” Federer said. “It didn’t go how I hoped. I was missing too many easy forehands and crucial points and I didn’t string them together.
“He is clearly playing well and I am happy for him that his comeback is working out so well. He is super consistent.”
Federer said having played evening matches made no difference to playing a day final. And he shrugged off concerns that his back was injured.
“Ask Rafa if I served slow and he will silence the Twitter world and your friends,” he responded to a journalist when asked if there was a problem physically because of his serve speed.
Federer was still hopeful that an offensive strategy would pay off, but he knows it comes with a high risk against Nadal.
“If I don’t play offensive then he puts me far down with the ball and so you have to play your opportunities which are presented within the rallies,” Federer said. “He does an incredible job returning form the back of the court and it is hard to do because he covers the court so well. You need to serve accurate and this is why it is difficult.”
Federer says he will take a few days off and begin training on Wednesday for the French Open.
“Overall it was a good week for me,” he said. “I think I played pretty good tennis, I I guess it was too big a turnaround today and Rafa was too good today.”
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