Swiss maestro Roger Federer said he was unhappy with his own attitude in the shock defeat to Felix Auger-Aliassime in Halle on Wednesday. The 39-year-old started the match on the front foot and even won the opening set. However, he was unable to withstand his performance levels as he lost the last two sets to get knocked out of the tournament. “[It] was not a good attitude from my side, I was disappointed in the way I was feeling on court, the way things were going,” Federer said after the match.
“That you know I’m not getting better spells and all that stuff I just think the, you know the whole difficulty of the comeback got to me as well a little bit. How much I have to push on every point, try to make things happen and I realised it was not going to be my day, there was nothing I can do, I started to get really negative, you know, and this is not normally how I am, by any means.”
On the back of his 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss, Federer said he needs to figure out what is happening and make the right decision with Wimbledon right around the corner. “So I think this is not something I’m happy about and proud about but at the same time, I looked at my whatever 1500 matches I played these things. I need to take every match as an information I need to figure it out.
“I need to understand why it’s going on and, again, I got a lot of information from Paris I feel like I got a lot of information. Also from Geneva and Doha in particular and then changing surfaces is not easy. It’s important for me to take the right decisions moving forward for Wimbledon and for the rest of the season because this type of third set I cannot accept.”
The 20-time Grand Slam champion was particularly “unhappy” with the way the third set unfolded. “The first two are totally okay, no problem there. But, look, I guess it happens and it’s all good from my side. The third set, I was unhappy about how it ended. You know, similar to Geneva and in some ways where I felt like I played actually good in spells but it was up and down.”
Federer also admitted that recovering from his two right knee surgeries last year has been difficult. “It’s a huge challenge for me. Everybody who has been in multiple surgeries or a tough surgery knows what I’m talking about,” Roger said.
“Things don’t come simple, they don’t come easy. You second-guess yourself rather quickly unfortunately, and that’s sometimes the biggest worry: the worry of pain or the worry of how you’re going to feel the next day or when you wake up, the first steps, how did they feel? All this stuff, it takes a little bit of a toll on you sometimes.”