Roger Federer does not believe that this year's Wimbledon loss to Kevin Anderson may influence him when they step on the O2 Arena on Thursday to face each other. 'I don't think a whole lot, to be honest,' he said about the loss at the All England Club.
'I don't know if I'll look at it or if I'll look at other hard court matches we've played against each other to prepare. Because I played great for three sets against him, and then after that it got tough.
He maybe started to serve better. I blinked and he took advantage of it, got back into the game. Obviously, I don't know, 5-All, 10-All in the fifth set, at that point it's who believes more, who plays a bit better on the opportunities you have.
And he was better at the end. I don't think I'll go into the match thinking, like, too much of it. I think I have enough things to focus on from my own side, from my own game, to make sure I play a good match against him here in the next match.
I'm really excited to get a chance to play him again, to be honest. I've played well against him in the past. I hope I can reproduce something like that. 'I feel like I'm ready to go for the day after tomorrow.
Yeah, I mean, I don't know what happened against Nishikori. Maybe it's the round-robin format that got to me. You don't feel like you are on the knife's edge here, like in another tournament, where if you're struggling in the first round, you know if you don't get your act together, you're home in 30 minutes.
You know here you're going to play three matches. Sometimes that's going to make you feel, I don't know. I just came in with a bit -- I felt good all day. I just got a little bit edgy in the match, saw things the negative way.
Kei was playing horribly as well for the first eight games like I was. I should have said, That's great, I don't need rhythm, he needs rhythm. Things are looking good for me. It's okay to not start well. It's the first round.
It's normal. Sometimes you feel that way. But I think I saw it too negative. So for me it was really important to remind myself what a thrill it is to play here at the O2. I love playing in London, always have, always will. It is my 16th year qualifying, so sometimes it's just another match.
I think that's maybe what happened to me, and in a very disappointing way. Today, when highlights were showing from the last 10 years here at the O2, I really reminded myself again what a pleasure and what a privilege it is to play in this arena.
This is when you start playing better tennis instead of thinking about all the bad things that are going on. There's no reason to get that negative. The tournament has only just started.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title