After losing yesterday to Novak Djokovic in three sets for the second time in less than a week, Roger Federer admitted that he’s “rattled” by his inconsistent level of play this season.
“I was actually feeling much better than I was in Paris overall physically,” Federer said of his health Tuesday at the ATP World Tour Finals. “I was struggling much more over there after playing, what is it, nine matches in 12 days or something. Again, I was able to recover from all those matches and actually felt physically somewhat fine.
“But obviously it’s been a tough season overall. So I guess I’m just rattled at times, you know, with my level of play consistently.”
Federer will play Richard Gasquet tomorrow afternoon in his second Group B round robin match. A loss to the Frenchman would likely spell the end of his event.
“All four of us have played three sets, so we’re getting used to the conditions quickly, instead of just racing through a 6‑2, 6‑2 match, which maybe you get less information,” Federer said of his group. “Look, it’s a tougher loss. Then again, still a lot to play for for me. Now I hope I can take it to Del Potro and Gasquet.”
Federer also confirmed his wish that the event remain indoors and on hardcourts, a stance opposite to Rafael Nadal’s.
“I can understand where he’s coming from, you know,” Federer said. “Keep it exciting, different, whatever you want to call it.
“I must also make the point we have lost another Masters 1000 on indoors. Used to be in Stuttgart, used to be in Madrid indoors. Now we’re playing Shanghai outdoors,” he added. “But I truly believe the World Tour Finals should stay indoors, and I think indoors deserves a great event.
“But then again, who knows what the changes are going to be in the future. I kind of secretly hope maybe it could stay here at the O2, but that’s for somebody else to decide.”
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