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Roger Federer: ´My back is okay. Sharapova? Zero tolerance no matter who you are´

Roger Federer: ´My back is okay. Sharapova? Zero tolerance no matter who you are´

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by Gatto Luigi

It was a complicated second round match for Roger Federer, who beat American Taylor Fritz in three sets. Speaking in the post-match press conference, the Swiss admitted that it was not easy. 'I thought Fritz had some good moments there,' said Federer. 'He gained control of the baseline, he had a little bit of an upper-hand at times.

He served well and I was a little bit cautious, unsure of how to move and questioning my defence. These are things I will need to iron out. I can take a lot of confidence out of this match. I need to improve a few things, but I served big and I was able to handle three sets over two days, and find some energy at the end of the match.

I know I have an extra gear. My next goal is to stretch leads - once I get a lead, I need to know that I can protect it then take the next step.' Then, the top-seed also spoke about his back condition and added, 'I feel fine, otherwise I would have had more problems.' Not surprisingly, Federer was also asked his thoughts on Maria Sharapova's two-year ban.

Federer said that he hadn't been following the developments closely, but on the subject of doping was quite decisive as he said, 'I only heard the headlines, I didn't quite get into all the details but to me it's about zero tolerance, no matter who you are.

It doesn't matter if they did it on purpose or not. I don't really see the difference. You need to know what goes into your body, you have to be 100% sure of what's going on, if you're not, you're gong to be damned.

Of course she's got the right to fight the case, like everybody else as well. I'm just for zero tolerance. I stay by my word that we should be saving blood samples for 10, 15, 20 years to come, so you have to scare away the people who think they could cheat.

You have to scare them so they will not do it, so they could retroactively also be banned, and take away titles and so forth.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon: ´My injury needs time to heal´ .

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