Roger Federer: Del Potro Has A Better Chance Of Beating Rafa Than Me In SFs Anyway

by Tom Gainey | September 7th, 2017, 9:59 am

Roger Federer admitted after his 4-set loss to Juan Martin del Potro last night that he felt he wasn’t playing well enough to beat rival Rafael Nadal in the Friday semifinals. Rather, it was good that del Potro won because he would have a better chance against the Spaniard.

“Of course it is a pity, but, you know, Juan Martin deserves it more,” del Potro said. “I feel I have no place in the semis and he will have a better chance to beat Rafa, to be honest. The way I played or playing right now, it’s not good enough in my opinion to win this tournament. It’s better I’m out and somebody else gets a chance to do better than me.”

Nadal leads Federer 23-14 but Federer has won all three meetings this year. But the two still have never played at the US Open, though while that was on the public’s mind, that wasn’t on Federer’s mind.

“I didn’t even think about it, as I lost that match, that it’s not going to happen,” Federer said. “I’m dealing with just trying to understand what happened and just to overcome this in the next few hours, days, weeks, whatever it is, you know. I’ll be fine.

“It’s been a tough tournament throughout. I honestly was only thinking about tonight. My head didn’t even wander during the match. I knew it was going to be a tough one. I had struggled too much throughout the tournament to think too far ahead.

“In some ways I’m actually happy I made the quarters, so I’m not disappointed, because it’s been a good run this year already. Unfortunately I ran into a guy who was better than me today.”

Federer, whose management team also represents del Potro, is looking forward to a good match between the Argentine and Nadal.

“I think it’s going to be an exciting match,” Federer said. “Both are great shot makers. They have, you know, some of the best forehands in the game. They are both winners. They know how to get it done. I think it should been an exciting semis.

“Rafa now is playing within himself a lot. I think he was very focused here, in practice and also in the matches. I assume we know what we’re going to get from him.

“Juan Martin, I hope he recovers. It’s big for him now to have a day rest tomorrow, because again, it’s an emotional night and all that stuff. Rallies weren’t very long, so he did well to bounce back from his Thiem match, you know. That was nice for him. You know, I think it should be an exciting match. I’m sure the crowd’s going to get into it.”

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17 Comments for Roger Federer: Del Potro Has A Better Chance Of Beating Rafa Than Me In SFs Anyway

Old School Says:

Good Luck JMD. I hope the crowd supports him. Nadal will work Del Po’s chip backhand on groundies & serve. Del Po’s play the very intelligent match against Federer. He knew when to attack and he knew when to cruise and concede. It was very evident in his footwork. I don’t think Nadal is going to give him that opportunity. I hope I’m wrong

Pamela Says:

If anyone had to be Roger I am so happy it was Juan Martin…. I hope he wins the tournament. After what he’s been through he certainly deserves it. What a great story it would make and what an accomplishment it would be for Del Potro. One could feel Roger’s nervousness. he usually seems to enjoy being out there, but it was different last night. After the tie break I knew it was Del Potro’s to win. As much as I wanted Roger to win and continue his amazing comeback. it was not to be. I can’t think of anyone else (as I said above) that I would want to be Roger. Congrats to JMDP and to his team!!

Raj Says:

so, Fed gave up knowing he can’t beat Nadal in this condition.

Markus Says:

Roger is not like you, Raj.

J-Kath Says:

The writer of this article needs to check his work e.g.

“Of course it is a pity, but, you know, Juan Martin deserves it more,” del Potro said. “

J-Kath Says:

Markus: The article does contain comments so-called made by Roger that agrees with Raj’s posting….I think the article was shot off without any care by the writer.

James Says:

Nadal now has a tough match. His highest ranked opponent so far this tournament – 28. As Nadal himself says before every match – its gonna be difficult, no?

And so much for the nextgen. Thiem is another Dimitrov. Zverev needs a mind coach. Shapovalov has real potential.

Markus Says:

James, I think Thiem is a better Dimitrov which makes him a bigger disappointment. Agree about Zverev. He tends to suddenly disappear during a match. He did the same at Wimbledon. He was blowing Raonic off the court in the firs and most of the second set then inexplicably disappeared. It happened again here against Coric. As you said, he better find a mind coach quick before he joins the ever growing list of the lost generation. Shapovalov does show real potential. He does not seem to be intimidated by any opponent or big pressure events like the majors. He seems to relish the challenge. We need somebody young. We can’t keep watching Federer and Nadal until they are too old to even swing a racket.

James Says:

Thiem backs up too much – can’t stay on the baseline. Even Nadal had to change his game (from where he was in 2004-05-06) to become more aggressive, come forward (without that he wouldn’t have won non clay majors). Thiem just doesn’t have it.

I have given up on Kyrgios. Will join the list of ultra-talented underachievers.

Zverev (if he can get it together) and Shapovalov seem the only young ones capable of doing it. Shapo really has everything – just needs experience and some tactical coaching (mind and attitude seem top notch, along with skills).

The slower the courts, the older players can be and continue to play, harder it gets for younger players to break through. ATP better do something soon.

Okiegal.... Says:

As long as Nadal is swinging a racquet….I will be watching!!

t4t Says:

So there are two James. How do we make out which James is posting?

James Says:

The other one (who just showed up, says he was here many years ago) is the other one. This one (me) is the one with more facts!

BBB Says:

James I and James II ? I defer to the Brits….

T Dawg Says:

Verrryyyy low-key tank in 4th by fed I’m thinking…back prolly tightening up and with delly serving in 4th, 5-4, 30-30 watch how it looks like fed misses the volley on purpose and then to a lesser extent delly serving 5-4, 40-30 fed takes off early but it looks like he picks the wrong way on purpose kinda.
I think fed knows he can’t beat rafa with a bad back and tanked the 4th because he thinks delly the moose can win.

James the 1st Says:

There I changed it to James the 1st. ;)

I used to post regularly on here a few years ago and was the only James then.
Glad to see Okiegal, Skeezer, Giles are all still posting their thoughts on tennis and tennis players.

Willow Says:

James the 1st lol, are you the James Rafa fan ?

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