Roger Federer: 'I was always worried Albot might make a comeback'


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Roger Federer: 'I was always worried Albot might make a comeback'

Roger Federer defeated Radu Albot in a straight-set match to reach the Basel's Swiss Indoors quarter-finals. The 38-year-old said: "I'm very happy, it was important to start the second set with a break. Even though I was playing well, I was not over-confident, I was always worried that he might make a comeback.

I was basically a point away from losing in Miami. It was important for me to show a reaction to that match and come out with a proper game plan. I think I learned a lot from that match. I really respect Radu. He tries everything to win in a really tough and great and fair way.

I’m very happy with the way I played. I had an answer for everything he threw at me today and that’s great. It's a super feeling to know exactly where the ball is going, what the other guy is doing. I was hitting a lot of winners, those kind of moments are really rare."

Asked if he feels pressure playing at home, Federer added: “Maybe I was feeling some pressure [in my first appearances] and it was, in some ways, the hardest to play in front of friends and family in Basel, but not in the past 17 years.

I’ve really enjoyed every moment and always tried to understand how I should take advantage of playing at home”. On possibly facing Stan Wawrinka on Friday, Federer concluded: "I hope Stan goes through, I always enjoy playing him.

I'm glad that he is back (from double 2017 knee surgeries). I think the fans would love [a match against Stan] because he’s struggled at this tournament for some reason, but it’s great to see him back healthy. We’ve always had some tough matches, even on hard courts. Hopefully this match happens for the fans”.