Roger Federer took a tough loss in stride today at the French Open. The 2009 champion suffered his first career 5-set loss at the even in a 67(5), 76(3), 62, 46, 63 loss to 25-year-old Ernests Gulbis.
“Clearly very disappointed not to come through with the win,” Federer said. “After the chance in the second set, fighting back in the fourth, not to play a better fifth set. A lot of regrets here now. But I think Gulbis, you know, did a good job of hanging around and clearly coming back in that second set was crucial for him.”
Federer led by a set and held set points in the second on his serve that if converted would have put him two sets up. But Gulbis, who had never beaten a Top 5 player in a Slam before clawed his way back to win a breaker.
“I guess I was a bit all over the place. Clearly very disappointed not to come through with the win. After the chance in the second set, fighting back in the fourth, not to play a better fifth set,” said Federer.
Federer said despite the loss, his earliest since 2004 at the French, he’s ready for the grass season.
“Mentally I have already switched to the grass, to be quite honest,” Federer said. “For me, it’s like, Okay, clay court season was fun, but we are moving on. Clay doesn’t need me anymore, I got flushed out here.
“I think when I’m healthy, like I have been now for the last six to nine months, I think clearly I can also decide the outcome of the matches more than I could last year. So I”m very excited about my chances for Wimbledon now this time.”
Federer hasn’t won a Grand Slam title or been to a Slam final since his 2012 Wimbledon win over Andy Murray.
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