'I never felt like I had given myself a fresh shot vs. Roger Federer', says ATP ace

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'I never felt like I had given myself a fresh shot vs. Roger Federer', says ATP ace

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, respectively number 2 and number 5 in the world, will continue their work in the Council of players of the ATP until June 2022. The re-election was announced by the same ATP, an association currently in conflict with the number one to the world Novak Djokovic (outgoing president) who created an independent association (Ptpa, professional tennis players association, with the support of the Canadian Vasek Pospisil and the Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey).

President and deputy of the Council will be elected at the first meeting, in 2021. Meanwhile, with Roger and Rafa, Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, Australian John Millman, South African Kevin Anderson, Scottish Andy have been re-elected by their colleagues.

Murray and the Brazilian Bruno Soares. The French Gilles Simon returns to the Council. The Spanish Pablo Andujar and the New Zealander Marcus Daniell, newly elected, the British Colin Dowdeswell and the Venezuelan Daniel Vallverdu, respectively, representatives of retired players and coaches, complete the gremio.

Talking about that match in an ATP Radio podcast, Kevin Anderson recalled his victory over Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2018.

Anderson on his victory over Roger Federer

"The match started really poorly for me," Kevin Anderson said.

"I remember going out into the court and I kind of like messed up in terms of getting ready before the match. I remembered all of a sudden we had a walkout time and I was not ready to walk out to the court at all. Playing Roger Federer at Wimbledon, you don't have too much flexibility.

I remember being quite fragile taking the court and playing somebody like Roger who starts off matches so well. I felt like I was really out of sorts in the first set," he added. Anderson then described how he got into his groove in the second set but was still bogged down by nerves and the thought of playing Roger Federer at Wimbledon.

"Even at the end of the second set, I was just quite pleased that I had settled down and I was at least giving myself the chance to compete. At that stage, I played better a few times but the nerves and just playing him just got the better of me," Anderson went on.

"I never felt like I had given myself a fresh shot against playing him. As the third set went on, I remember having the thought that even if I lost that match in straight sets, I thought there were some big improvements from me. Be out there, feel comfortable," he admitted.