After setting up a 9-0 head to head tally against Roberto Bautista Agut in Halle, Roger Federer articulated his thoughts about the World Number one, Naomi Osaka’s defeat at Birmingham Classic this week.
“There’s no need to explain why you lost, it just happens sometimes,” Roger Federer said. The 20-time Grand Slam champion won his first Slam at Wimbledon 2003 and he mentioned that his career was teetering after his premiere major title and it took time for him to put things in place.
“After that, I also didn’t win everything,” Roger Federer added. “From having nothing to lose it suddenly changes, everyone now feels like it’s an amazing win to beat you. You have a couple of Grand Slams and you are world number one, but at the end of the day, you are still the same person. You have to take the losses, shake them off and get on with it.”
After her Australian Open 2019 title, Naomi Osaka’s consistency on the WTA tour has been miserable. She lost her first match after turning World Number one, and before that she concluded her thriving league with her coach, Sascha Bajin. At French Open 2019, she was top-seeded but she claimed her third round loss to be “the best thing that could have happened.”
Despite her run going haywire on women’s tour, World Number three, Roger Federer assures that the Japanese, Naomi Osaka can continue to win on the WTA courts. “She has a head start with her two Grand Slams,” Roger Federer continued. “Now she’s done it, she knows she can do it again. I think she’s doing pretty well. You can’t win every week, nobody does that.”
Osaka suffered a straight-set defeat to Yulia Putintseva in the last 16 round in Birmingham. And Roger Federer will play Pierre-Hugues Herbert for a place in the finals of Halle Open 2019.