One short of a historic 1100th career ATP win, former World No.1 Roger Federer skipped the entire clay court season in order to get set for Wimbledon.
However his win count and grass court season was cut short by good friend Tommy Haas, who defeated him in the opening round of the Gerry Webber Open.
“A comeback is never simple, especially on grass where margins are so slim,” Federer was quoted as saying by the ATP World Tour website. “It’s important for me, especially after the Stuttgart week, to come here and make sure I win my first-round match and get going. I want to take the right decisions on the tennis court. I don’t want to question myself too much.”
“I’ll have the right focus and mindset, that point-by-point mentality. That was a little bit off in Stuttgart, understandably so. I have to learn from that week and move forward in a better way.”
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However, he is looking forward to playing at the event he has won an amazing 8 times. “The history I have here, having come and played well so often, definitely should help me to play good tennis this week,” said Federer. “I love playing here. Yes, I think I can come in here with good confidence.”
Skipping the entire clay court season is something that Roger does not regret.
“Considering how well I felt going into Paris, it was surprisingly easy to take the decision and after making it, I never had any regrets watching it or following the results,” said Federer. “I never thought ‘If only I was part of the tournament.’ I was looking ahead to the grass season and enjoyed the time with my friends and family at home.”
He added, “I felt that the French Open may potentially have a negative effect on what’s to come. It may have been helpful, but I felt there was more risk that it would go the other way. Based on health, that’s why I decided to skip.”
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