Roger Federer always hided the fact of being injured very well, and once again he did it this year.
The Swiss player had a lot of disappointing moments in the second half of the season losing Halle final to Borna Coric, Wimbledon quarter to Kevin Anderson, Cincinnati final to Novak Djokovic and US Open fourth round to John Millman.
There is an explanation for it, as he revealed in a chat to Blick. 'Last few months have been tough for me, it's true', Federer admitted. 'I could not play tournaments the way I wanted to. But at the same time I know why.
In our team we all have the same opinion. We know what to work on. I had little problems with my hand that affected my forehand and some other things that did not make easy play tennis well to me. But at the Laver Cup and in Shanghai everything is back to normality and it's a part of the season where I usually play well.
Confidence in myself is there, but obviously feeling better does not mean you will play much better. But it depends on opponents as well. But I am fully hopeful that things go better here in Basel.' At the same time he admitted: 'It's normal that you bring with yourself little things, especially when you are old as a player.
Now I see the end, Paris will come after Basel, then the ATP Finals in London. And then I am looking forward to have a two-week holiday because the body can rest. A good preparation for next year is extremely important.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title