Satisfied with the victory and his relationship with Dominic Thiem (6-2, 6-3) on Tuesday in London, Roger Federer interviewed a press conference on the release of Julien Benneteau and possible privileges that would benefit Switzerland.
"It was worrying when you canceled the training on Monday, the day after you lost Kei Nishikori. Did you just have to rest your free day?
Yes, I will do the same tomorrow (Wednesday) because it succeeded (A smile). What was important was not my forehand, my reversal or my service, I think it was my head. And for that, from time to time, you need a break. In the last two months, I played a lot of tennis. I saw my match against Nisikori on the way to the hotel. Long trip! We had time to talk about it. My coaches told me: enjoy the days with your family and come back happy today (Tuesday). When you face Thiem, it's important, the head, not the bumps. My videos are here. I felt it today (Tuesday). So I'm very happy, it was the right decision. I showed a reaction to my first match.
"It's not necessary to knife between teeth"
Looking around, how do you explain your weekly performance on Sunday?
I do not know what happened. Maybe it's the format that got me. You do not have to have a night between your teeth, as in a different tournament where, when you are in trouble, you know that if you do not get out together, you are at home for 30 minutes. There, you know that whatever happens, you play three games. I felt good all day. But, during the game I was a little upset, I saw things negative. Kei played terribly like me during the first eight games and I should say: "Great, I do not need a rhythm, that's right, it's good for me". But it does not matter if you do not do well. This is the first game, that's normal. I think I was too negative. That's why it was important to remember how great it is to play here at the O2 Arena. I like to play in London. Today, when they spent ten years on O2, it reminded me of the pleasure and privilege of playing in this room. There is no reason to be negative. The tournament has just begun.
On Thursday, you will face Kevin Anderson, who beat you in Wimbledon in July in the decisive qualifying game. How are you getting closer?
I could win and not qualify, it does not depend on me. That's right. If I do not go, that's because I do not deserve to pass. The bottom line for me is playing a good last match with the pool here, trying to win Kevin. Now he plays well. He made an incredible season. He played well against me in Wimbledon. I'm focusing on it. My first match was not great, he was better today and I have to continue against Kevin, if I want to have a chance to continue on my way to London.
"Julien is a good guy"
Are you familiar with comments made by Julien Benneteau that indicate that you are using favorable programs? Do you have a reaction?
No, I do not have it.
You do not know what he said?
If, but I do not want to talk about this topic during Masters, to be honest. I hope you understand why, because there is a tennis celebration here. It's the final of the season for me. I like to play here. This radio interview was held a week ago and now it reappears. Julien is a good guy, I know him from junior. I think that all this is drawn from the context. I do not feel the need to comment. I prefer to close the file, but to add, so you have something to write.
Is it true that your agent asked you not to play at Armstrong this year on the US Open? Does this require such requests?
Sometimes I wonder: Would you like to play Monday or Tuesday? Sometimes people ask me: do you want to play a day or a night? Sometimes they ask an agent. Sometimes to me. Yes, sometimes we have our speech. But on the American Openo, I asked for Monday. I played on Tuesday night. That's how it was twenty years. Sometimes they help me, sometimes not. But from what I have heard, many things say they are wrong, to make it clear. "
Kuentin Moinet in London