Roger Federer says he will appreciate his continued participation in the French Open after Saturday’s grueling 7-6 (5) 6-7 (3) 7-6 (4) 7-5 victory over German Dominique Koeffer on an empty court. Philip Chatrie, which ended after midnight. Read more
The 20-time Grand Slam champion competed in only his sixth match in 1
Asked how much he would like to go through the whole tournament, the 39-year-old Swiss told reporters: “We are going through these matches … we analyze them highly and see what happens next and we will do the same tonight and tomorrow.
“Because I have to decide whether to keep playing or not, or at this point it’s not too much of a risk to keep insisting or it’s just the perfect way to just rest.
“Because I don’t have a week between them here and Halle (June 14-20), as usual, to see what’s best now if you count from Wimbledon and so on.
“It just happens a lot, but to have a game like this, knowing that maybe I could play a fifth set, but not knowing how I’m going to wake up tomorrow is interesting to say the least. Yes, it’s definitely a different time right now for me. “
Federer, who faces Matteo Beretini for a place in the quarterfinals where he could potentially meet world number one Novak Djokovic, said he would like to know he is the best as Djokovic or owner Rafa Nadal.
“… I would prefer to be in Rafa’s or Novak’s shoes at the moment, where they are like” I feel good. If I play well, I win, “Federer said.
“I don’t have that feeling right now, so for me it’s all steps … to something that’s really important to me. It’s the season and it’s the comeback. I need games like these, you know.”
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander paid a brilliant tribute to Federer for his performance against Koepfer.
“I feel good to see that Roger is in good enough shape to play this way,” said Eurosport student Wilander. “There are a lot of people who say they have to retire when they get a little old if they can’t win a helmet.
“I have the exact opposite opinion. I absolutely love and respect Roger Federer for what he did last night. He could easily throw in the towel and say, ‘I had good enough practice for Wimbledon.’
“But no, he wants to win matches, I’m so impressed with him.”
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