After a win yesterday over Richard Gasquet at the ATP World Tour Finals, Roger Federer addressed the recent suspension of Viktor Troicki by adding that the current tennis doping system isn’t adequate, reiterating a stance he took a year ago.
“I just feel like we’re not getting maybe tested enough,” Federer said Thursday in London. “I didn’t get tested in Basel, I don’t think. I didn’t get tested in Paris, I don’t think. I got tested here after the first match. I just feel like there needs to be more testing done. I know the budgets can be small sometimes, all these things. I had out‑of‑competition testing before Basel.
“I just feel like I used to get tested more, I felt. I think I was tested 25 times in 2003, 2004. Ever since, I think it’s been clearly going down this season. Because I haven’t been playing so well, I maybe also missed those days when I was there.
“Overall I trust the system. I think they’re all very professional. I just think it’s very important that they treat us like normal human beings, not criminals. It’s fine to treat a guy bad if the guy tested positive, the guy needs to feel the pain, but not if you haven’t done anything yet. That, to me, seems like that’s the case. So I appreciate that.”
Federer then went on to discuss the Troicki situation, more or less taking the side of the agent.
“I do believe that when you are requested for a sample, you have to give the sample,” Federer said. “It doesn’t matter how bad you feel. I’m sorry. Like the test the next day for me is not a test anymore because what could have happened overnight.
“I think it’s just very important to give the sample when you’re requested to give it because there you are in front of them and there is no way to escape anymore. That’s where we just need to be extremely firm, I believe.”
By beating Gasquet, Federer will have a chance to qualify for the semifinals by defeating Juan Martin del Potro tomorrow.
“Think that win for me in Paris psychologically was very important,” Federer said of his win over the Argentine last weekend. “I could beat top 10 guys, I beat Richard, I beat Juan Martin last week. I truly believe my confidence is higher, and that’s what I need to beat the best, and Juan Martin is part of that group honestly.”
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