In an interview to Tages Anzeiger, Roger Federer reflected on the injury to his right hand which affected him in London, too. The Swiss player first felt it in Stuttgart in June and he could not play at his best on the forehand side. 'It should not come as an excuse, but the problem with the hand interrupted my rythm often in the summer,' admitted Federer after his loss to Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals. 'It may influence you in the key moments like against Anderson at Wimbledon.
I felt the hand for a long time, even here in London a bit. I hope it will completely disappear after the holidays, but the positive thing is that I could play till the end and I did not get injured.' Asked if he had adopted a right tactic against Zverev, Federer replied: 'It was similar to last year (in London).
I had to work hard in defence. Zverev pushes you behind with his powerful first serve, so you have to first fight from the baseline. But on 4-all or 5-all in the tie-break you clearly try to get in the rally. And you wait for the right chance to attack.
In some moments I did not serve the way I hoped.' Asked if he plays matches more intensely now, Federer replied: 'Yeah, well, you never know if you will play ATP Finals next year. There is no wild card for this tournament.
Losses do not hurt so much. With family, it goes faster.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title