Roger Federer was asked how he manages to go through tough losses like the fifth-set Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic earlier this year. The Basel native said: “I forgot them. You move on. I try to keep the highest possible level always.
Sometimes it’s the opponent, sometimes it’s your own mind or game that goes off. And of course you work at it with the right work ethic in practice, with the right concentration and everything. But I would have to go back and look at all the matches I’ve played this season.
Only a few stand out to me that maybe I could have won that I didn’t. But if I look back at my whole career I’ve had a lot of matches that I could have won that I lost. But also I won much more than I should have or could have”.
Federer added: “I feel like it’s been a very solid season. It started very well for me and I hope to pick it up now for the year-end. I love playing indoors as well and I hope it’s going to all happen in Basel… [and that I’ll] bounce back a little bit”.
Federer will open his run against the German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk for the third time in his career after beating him earlier this year in Indian Wells and in last year's Cincinnati.