Not only did Simone Bolelli provide an early threat to Roger Federer today, but so too did a strange pain in his right pinky area.
Down in the first set, Federer made a rare call to the trainer and doctor, who came out on court to examine the Swiss’s finger. But nothing was determined, and even after the match Federer remains perplexed as to why his right pinky finger was in pain.
“I don’t know if it’s a blister. I don’t know what that thing is,” Federer said. “It’s the weirdest thing. I don’t know. I feel it on the tip of my finger. Just felt really odd starting after the break, and for three, four games, it was the funniest feeling I have. I feel like it’s numb and swollen. So, I don’t know, I just wanted to have a chat with the.
“I still don’t know. I just wanted to have a chat with the the physio just see what we can do. I know there is nothing we could do. I knew we couldn’t tape it up because then it would be even bigger and more weird. I just said, I hope it doesn’t get worse or stay like this. Actually it went away, but now I feel again. I don’t know what the feeling is.”
Federer acknowledged it could be a bee sting, but he hopes it goes away. “It is definitely swollen and it’s funny. I don’t know what it is. As long as it’s not getting bad, it’s okay.”
After the injury timeout, Federer regrouped to win in four handing Bolelli his 34th straight loss to a Top 10 player.
“Happy I’m still in the tournament, because there for a while today it wasn’t looking very good because Bolelli was playing very well,” Federer said. “But it’s always a good feeling fighting your way out of a match, like now, and winning the last three sets convincingly and actually playing really positive tennis. I served very well.
“Today I had to do some adjustments because he was doing things very well. By figuring things out, it’s a great feeling to have once you’ve got it. Then you’re able to play consistently well, because actually he didn’t have many opportunities on my serve. You always expect yourself to create opportunities, which I was finally able to do. Conditions were playing fast, and it’s not so easy if you serve well to break.”
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