In a press conference following his loss to Dominic Thiem in Madrid, Roger Federer commented on his grass season plans. The Swiss player said: "I'm not signed in for Stuttgart, so I just thought it was a lot of grass court tennis last year, so I just felt, like, maybe only Halle is better for me and that's the plan."
Federer was asked, just after his loss to the Austrian, if he had taken a call about whether playing in Rome or not. "No, that's why I'm in the draw", said Federer. "I couldn't make the decision before the game so, unfortunately, I had to wait and see how this match plays out, if it was going to be 6-Love 6-Love or 7-6 in the third.
Winning or losing, it all matters, so it was an early ask for me to take that decision. I wanted to keep options open and that is why I'm in the draw. I'll probably only decide on the weekend, but I'm not sure if I'm going to go.
It's been a good week. Frustrating, clearly. Losing after having match points is the worst, so that's how I feel. But nevertheless, if I take a step back, it's all good." Federer would then announce his appearance in Rome.
The Swiss had a very good season so far winning two titles in Dubai and Miami. He lost one final, in Indian Wells to Thiem.