Roger Federer plays downs fears on ankle injury in Shanghai

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Roger Federer plays downs fears on ankle injury in Shanghai

Roger Federer was asked about his ankle condition after falling during his third round match against David Goffin in Shanghai. The Basel native said: "I thought the floor was already there but it wasn't (smiling). So you know how, when you look for that? I still don't know where it is.

I'm still looking. But, no, nothing happened. Maybe looked worse than it is. I haven't seen the replay, but, yeah, that was a bit embarrassing." On the support he gets in Shanghai, Federer added: "I don't take it for granted, but it's true.

I get used to it a little bit around the world that I have such amazing crowd support, you know. This is not football where you get whistled when you're away and not on home soil. We don't have that really in tennis. From that standpoint, I always really feel like I have the crowd at my back, which has been amazing to have that for so long.

You know, I know I can bank on them if I'm in trouble, that they'll be there to cheer me on. If I either look to them or I pump myself up, I know they will react to that, and I really never try to abuse it, either, because I know players in the past a long time ago used to abuse the fans and rally them up against the opponent.

I told myself I will never do that. I will just do it so they support me and stay fair towards my opponent. It's definitely really special here, because they sit in one block like sort of in football to some extent, which is highly unusual for tennis, especially when you think of it at a tennis tournament."