Roger Federer do had to fight for his The Swiss player prevailed over David Ferrer by 6-4 4-6 6-2 to advance into quarter-finals at Montreal.
The World No. 3 acceps some days can be worse than other ones: ‘It’s only but normal, to be honest, to lose sets and lose matches. You can’t win every set, every match you play out there. I like to expose myself to those kind of matches. But look, I show up, and I actually feel really happy because I know I can play a lot better. David can play a lot better, too. We battled, both tried to find a way to win. You know, he had a good start, I had a better finish.
That was important, you know. It was strange. Conditions are actually playing fast. That should help my serve. There was no wind. So it was actually perfect conditions to actually play a good and clean match. That’s not the way it is. David had his role. He plays extremely early and plays deep and hard. A lot of the times you have to play up. It’s going to be similar tomorrow against Bautista. As it is already 7:00 and I’m tired, I need treatment, I won’t go out to the practice courts and work on my game.
All I have tomorrow is 20 minutes in the warmup to just get the body woken up, then I go back into the match. So I have zero time to work on anything. But that’s okay because that’s how we do it. I’ll speak about the match with Ivan, about tomorrow. In the match itself, I’m sure I’m going to feel different because every day you feel different. Because the match was the way it was, I feel like I’m better prepared for tomorrow, you know. I know the conditions better now here in Montreal. I hope that’s going to be helpful tomorrow, yeah. So for me, take it how it is and hope that this match gives me some better rhythm and confidence, you know, against Bautista Agut, who plays actually very similar to David today.’
He’s a very good player. Some people might think you feel a little bit sorry for him, have a little sympathy for him when you play him. Did you ever imagine a career where you lost a match because you felt sorry for a guy you were beating? ‘In the juniors, yeah. Probably my two times when I beat Chiudinelli, because we grew up together in Basel, we played soccer against each other. We were best friends way back when. We played twice on the tour, once in Qatar, once in Basel in our home tournament, in the semis. Both times I won, I was like, Ah, shit. I wished he won as well because it would have done much more for his career than for me. Yeah, in the juniors, I just felt sometimes when I used to play guys, you know, somewhere in the world where I felt like technically maybe they were struggling. I just felt like, Oh, he’s trying so hard, he’s such a fighter. I don’t know, I feel like probably he works harder than I do, so he probably deserves it more. Then he beat me and I’m like, I feel so bad. I’m such an idiot for falling into that trap. Ever since I came on tour, I just feel like you go out there, try your best. Afterwards, if everything’s relaxed, again after the match you can go for coffee or whatever you want to do. In the moment itself, I don’t think you want to feel sorry for the guy. I’m not 100% comfortable with the head-to-head I have against David because I just have way, way too much respect for him.’
Federer was also asked if he thinks about 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. ‘It’s not far away. It’s like tomorrow. Yeah, that’s why I’m here, because it’s on hard courts and I’m preparing for 2020 Olympics (smiling). No, I’m not thinking that far ahead. I’m just really probably I think the scheduled up until Wimbledon next year for the moment just because now I’ll be on the hard courts throughout the year basically with, you know, possibly some clay next year. Not everything’s finalized, especially for the clay next year. I still want to see how I finish the season. Staying healthy is most important. And 2020 is way too far ahead for me to think that far. Especially after the surgery I had last year, and the problems I had in the second part of the season, I just have to, you know, take it a bit slower these days. But that’s all good.’