After a poignant loss for Roger Federer at Mutua Madrid Open 2019, the Swiss maestro seemed exasperated after his defeat. He sealed a comfortable victory in the opening set against Dominic Thiem and later played a thrilling second set which got extended into the tiebreaker. Over there, he earned two match points but was unsuccessful in converting them.
Roger Federer could retaliate for his break of serve in the deciding set, but couldn’t consolidate it by holding his serve and lost 6-3, 6-7 (11-13) 4-6 to the Austrian. “No, it’s been a good week,” Roger Federer said. “Frustrating, clearly. Losing with match points is the worst, so that’s how I feel. But nevertheless, if I take a step back, it’s all good.”
Despite losing, the World Number three, Roger Federer feels optimistic about his performance today and is contented to play players like Gael Monfils and Dominic Thiem and was delighted to play two great matches this week.
“I feel very good about my game. I thought I had some good matches here, you know, especially last two. First one was good to get into it. And obviously, Gael and Dominic are tough on the clay so it was a good battle. I feel good on the clay right now,” Roger Federer continued.
During Roger Federer’s quarterfinal match in Madrid, the Italian Open 2019 draw released, he is drawn to play Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarters and Rafael Nadal in the semifinals in Rome. However, the Swiss legend is skeptical about his presence at the Rome Masters 2019.
“Winning or losing, it all matters, so it was an early ask for me to take that decision. I wanted to keep options open and that is why I’m in the draw. I’ll probably only decide on the weekend, but I’m not sure if I’m going to go,” Roger Federer added.
Also, Roger Federer vividly mentioned his uncertainty about making his presence for the next year’s Madrid Masters or rather the clay season 2020 which ostensibly gestures his departure from the ATP circuit.
“If you are going to see me next year in Madrid? As a tourist, maybe. As a tennis player, maybe. I’ve no idea. I don’t know what my clay court plans are for next year. But I enjoy playing here. I had a great week. People couldn’t have been friendlier to me. I thought I played good. I have good memories from this place, so of course I can see myself coming back, but I don’t know at this point,” Roger Federer mentioned.
His Madrid loss accounts for his third loss of the season. The first one came in Melbourne against Stefanos Tsitsipas and the other two slumps were against Thiem at Indian Wells and the one today Madrid.