Roger Federer didn't play his best tennis this week so far in Halle, saving two match points against Benoit Paire and enjoying a close straight sets win over Matthew Ebden 7-6 (2) 7-5. 'It was tricky', the Swiss admitted in press conference. 'I think Ebden played a good match and I’m happy I got through somehow.
I can take a lot a lot of positives out of today’s match for the semis tomorrow. I think once you reach the semis, for me anyhow, I start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, that the tournament is coming to an end.
Either you lose in the semis or you have then two more matches maximum. So, I think that allows me to find some extra energy now. I’m not incredibly tired.' If he doesn't win the title, Federer would drop down to the second place in the rankings.
Is it influencing him? 'No, for example today I didn't even think about it. Probably it depends also when I speak or someone remembers me about it, but today it wasn't like this at all. I know it, but my goal is to win the title and this is a consequences.
Today I knew I had to start well. Now I am the big favorite for the semifinal against Kudla, and I hope I can take advantage of it and be in the big final. It's all about it. That's why I came here.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal may undergo an hair transplant surgery again