Speaking on Amazon Prime, the former world No. 5 Daniela Hantuchova commented on Roger Federer's loss to Dominic Thiem in Madrid. The Slovakian said: “I feel a little bit sorry for Roger. He had the match and was playing incredible tennis.
A lot of magic from his side. It was great entertainment and fascinating to see. There was a lot of positives to take from this performance. He wanted to see where his game stands on clay coming into this match. He said it himself that playing against Dominic was going to be his first test.
The way he came and played in the first set was incredible tennis”. Greg Rusedski added: “For me, this is one of [Thiem’s] best performances ever. He didn’t panic, knew what he needed to do out there and then pushed it home.
The margin was so small. If you look at points won it was 100 for Federer and 102 for Thiem. This was a sensational performance”. Meanwhile announcing his withdrawal from the Rome quarter-finals against Stefanos Tsitsipas, Federer said: “I am disappointed that I will not be able to compete today.
I am not 100% physically and after consultation with my team, it was determined that I not play. Rome has always been one of my favourite cities to visit and I hope to be back next year”. We will see if the Basel native will be able to come back in the French Open.