Roger Federer was regretful after his loss to Juan Martin del Potro in the Indian Wells final on Sunday. The Argentine prevailed in three sets, 6-4, 6-7(8), 7-6(2) following a two-hour and 45-minute battle.
'It was a lot of chances on either end,' Federer admitted in the press conference. 'I served for the match, couple match points, two, three, not even really sure. It doesn't matter whether it was 20 or 1. It's disappointing, but I thought it was a good match. now he's here and he's won a Masters 1000. It's a great story. That's why I'm also very happy for him today. I have to get over it. There is no way around it. I feel frustrated that I let an opportunity like this go by. Serving 40-15, any game I probably win – I don't know what the stat is – 90-something percent.'
Federer exchanged a few words with the chair umpire Fergus Murphy during the tense match. In the press conference, the world no. 1 said: 'I don't even remember half of it, to be honest. I don't want to get into the details. I think I was just also just trying to pump myself up more, to get energy for me. It had no effect on the outcome of the match. I think we both went after the umpire for different reasons or the same reasons in different moments. He's got a tough job sometimes and sometimes not, so depends on how you take it.'
Explaining his shockingly decisive tie-break, Federer said: 'I started badly. Bad return first up. He had a good return after that. I don't know. Just probably took some wrong decisions, you know, along the way. I lost my serve a little bit. Yeah, and then he was clean and I wasn't. And then it goes very quickly in the breaker. I had already missed my opportunities then, but standing at the trophy ceremony, I think I would like to play that tie-breaker again because I don't know what the hell happened. But it's okay. It happens sometimes.'
Federer also confirmed two things: he will play Miami – but he said that now will have to recover after two long matches in the semi-finals and finals and that only after playing in Florida he will take a call about the clay season.