In an interview with Tennis TV, Roger Federer recalled his straight-set French Open loss to Rafael Nadal. "I loved to play Rafa in that conditions and I am happy with how it was. Compared to the previous years I had less time to prepare for the grass-court season but I had plenty of time.
The transition was definitely faster than the previous years but slower than when I switched from the French Open final to Halle over some days." On Halle, Federer added: "I look back at my memories and I see how much success I have had.
I always had a nice time with family. My family always enjoyed come here, it always felt relaxing and comfortable. They always welcomed me with open arms and also, here they speak German, I am from Switzerland and I feel really good in this country and city.
The fans interaction, we know each other, they know what to expect and I know what to expect from them. They make me feel really well, they make me play my best tennis and centre court surroundings, they are perfect for me.
It's the right dimension and I hope I can have a successful year." On his win over John Millman, who had beaten him in the last year's US Open, Federer joked: “If you are kicked out of a Grand Slam by someone, then you know what he can do”. Federer will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round on Thursday.