Stan Wawrinka, who beat Taro Daniel today, has spoken about Roger Federer"s withdrawal from the Roland Garros. The World No. 4 analyzed how he feels being the only Swiss player in the main draw, which means have even more expectations.
"For sure it feels strange for every player here and every fan of tennis for Roger to pull out before the tournament. In the past sometimes he lost before me, but to pull out before the tournament, it"s tough." "It"s never easy, for sure.
It"s something different. I had a little bit of talk with him. He was happy after my first match. He saw the end, apparently. Hopefully he"s gonna be fit and ready for the grass court and maybe do something big there." It should be a busy grass-court season for Federer, who will play Stuttgart, Halle and Wimbledon.
Another tough match for Andy Murray, who prevailed against The World No. 164 Bourgue in five sets: "It wasn"t as tense as my match against Radek for me yesterday - declared Murray - It was tougher coming out to play the fifth set.
Today certainly it wasn"t easy. I lost my way on the court today for quite a while. So to turn it around and find a way to win after a period where I was struggling to win points at one stage, I was losing a lot of games at love.
Every time the ball was in the middle of the court he was hitting winners. I couldn"t see where his shots were going. It was a big struggle, managed to get the win." It seems like players like him at the top, have the extra gear to find somehow.
Murray agrees more or less with that: "Over the course of a long match like the periods where I"m having sort of down periods or if I"m not playing as well and my level drops a bit, you know, over the course of five sets normally, you know, the higher-ranked player can be a little bit more solid, a bit more consistent in the important moments.
That wasn"t the case for all of the match today, but in the end, in the fifth set, that was the difference. I did come up with some good shots, some lucky shots as well today, for sure. I was a bit lucky also." Murray played on Monday against Stepanek, the match was suspended so he finished it yesterday (in total it was five sets), and today he played other three hours and 38 minutes.
The World No. 2 does not think it"s positive to have played so much: "Tomorrow I will be tired. At least I get a day"s rest now. But, you can"t continue playing matches like that and then expect to win the tournament. So if I can get through the next one, it will be nice to win it a bit quicker." "Today"s match is physically a hard match.
The match with Radek wasn"t a five-set match. It was like playing two three-set matches on back-to-back days. We do that every single week in the Masters Series. We play a two-hour match and then the next day an hour and a half.
I don"t know exactly how long we played with Radek, but that wasn"t too bad. But, yeah, today"s match obviously is tough." Finally he was asked about How much important was his team today: "I have never been asked so many questions about my box in my career - he said referring to the many questions about Amelie Mauresmo - I feel like there is a reason for that" - affirmed Andy, who did not give more details about it.