Satisfied with his victory and his position at Dominic Thiem (6-2, 6-3) on Tuesday in London masters Roger Federer was interviewed at a press conference about the release of Julien Benneteau and any privileges that would benefit Switzerland.
"You had some concern when you canceled your training on Monday, the day after you lost to Kei Nishikor. Did you just need to rest on a day off?
Yes, and I'll do the same tomorrow (Wednesday) because it worked (Smile). What was important was not my handicraft, on the contrary or my service, I think it was my head. And that's why, from time to time, you need a break. I've been playing a lot of tennis over the past two months. My view was on Nishikor on the way to the hotel. A long way! We had time to discuss it. My coach told me: enjoy the day with your family and be happy today (Tuesday). When you face Thiemia, it is important, head, not blasting. My shots are there. I know it today (Tuesday). So I'm very happy, it was the right decision. I pointed the reaction to the first match.
"Not necessarily a knife between your teeth"
How do you explain afternoon that you have missed Sunday's performance?
I do not know what happened. Maybe it's the format that made me. You do not necessarily have the knife between the teeth, as in the second tournament where when you're in trouble, you know that if you do not pull yourself together, you're home in 30 minutes. There you know what's going to happen, you play three games. It felt good all day. But I was a bit upset during the match, so things were negative. Kei played me terribly during the first eight games and I should have told myself: "Great, I do not need rhythm, it is so, it is good for me". But no matter, you do not start well. It's the first game, it's normal. I think I was too negative. So it was important to remember how wonderful it is to play here at O2 Arena. I love to play in London. Today, when they spent ten years at O2, it reminded me of all that joy and privilege to play in this room. There is no reason to be negative. The tournament has just begun.
On Thursday you will meet Kevin Anderson, who will win you in Wimbledon in July, in a decisive match. How do you approach it?
I could win and be worthy, it is not dependent on me. It's so. If I do not pass it, it's because I do not let it go. The most important thing to me is to play a good last match of the pool here, trying to win Kevin. She plays very well right now. He's been an incredible season. He was well received by me in Wimbledon. Focus on it. My first match was not great, today was better and I have to continue with Kevin if I want to have the opportunity to continue on my way to London.
"Julien is a nice guy"
Do you know Julien Benneteau's comments about having benefited from low-cost programming? Do you have a reaction?
No, I do not have one.
Do not you know what he said?
If, but I really do not want to talk about this subject during Masters, be honest. Hope you understand why, because it's a celebration of tennis here. For me it is the end of the season. I love it here. This radio interview took place over a week and is again renewable. Julien is a nice guy, I know him since the juniors. I think all this has been removed from the context. I do not feel the need to comment. I want to close the file rather than add, so you have something to write.
Is it true that an agent asked you not play Armstrong this year at US Open? Will you do such requests normally?
Sometimes I ask: Do you want to play on Monday or Tuesday? Sometimes people ask me: Do you want to play by day or evening? Sometimes they ask the agent. Sometimes for me. Yes, sometimes we have the say. But with the US Open I asked to play on Monday. I played Tuesday night. It's been twenty years. Sometimes I'm in the car, sometimes not. But what I've heard, a lot of things to say wrong for this to be clear. "
Quentin Moynet in London