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Satisfied with his victory and his attitude against Dominic Thiem (6-2, 6-3) on Tuesday in the London Masters, Roger Federer was interviewed at a press conference on the launch of Julien Benneteau and the possible privileges that would benefit the Swiss.
"There was some concern when you canceled your training on Monday, the day after your loss to Kei Nishikori. Do you just need to rest in a free day?
Yes, and I'll do the same tomorrow (Wednesday) why it worked (Smile). What was important was not my opponent, my reverse or my service, I think it was my head. And for that, from time to time, you need a break. He has played a lot of tennis in the last two months. I saw my game against Nishikori on my way back to the hotel. A long trip! We had time to discuss. My trainers told me: take the day with your family and get back happy today (Tuesday). When you face Thiem, that's what's important, the head, do not hit them. My shots are there. I felt today (tuesday). So I'm very happy, it was the right decision. I showed a reaction to my first game.
"Not necessarily the knife between the teeth"
With retrospect, how do you explain your performance on Sunday lost?
I do not know what happened. Maybe it's the format that got me. You do not necessarily have the knife between your teeth, like in another tournament where, when you have problems, you know that if you do not get together, you are at home in 30 minutes. There, you know what happens, you will play three games. I felt good all day. But I was a little bit scared during the meeting, I saw things in a negative way. Kei played horribly as I did during the first eight games and I should say to myself: "Great, I do not need rhythm, that's right, it's good for me". But it does not matter if you do not start well. It's the first game, it's normal. I think it was too negative. So it was important that I remember how great it is to play here in the O2 Arena. I love playing in London. Today, when I spent ten years at O2, he reminded me of all the pleasure and privilege of playing in this room. There is no reason to be negative. The tournament has just started.
On Thursday, you will face Kevin Anderson, who defeated you in July at Wimbledon, in a decisive game for qualification. How do you approach her?
I could win and not qualify, it does not depend on me. It is like this. If I do not pass it, it's because I do not deserve to happen. The bottom line for me is to play a good last pool encounter here, trying to beat Kevin. You're playing really well right now. He got an incredible season. He played very well against me in Wimbledon. I concentrate on it. My first encounter was not great, today it was better and I have to continue against Kevin, if I want to have the opportunity to go on my way to London.
"Julien is a good boy"
Are you aware of Julien Benneteau's comments that suggest that you benefit from an advantageous programming? Do you have a reaction?
No, I do not have any.
Do not know what he said?
Yes, but I really do not want to talk about this topic during the Masters, to be honest. I hope you understand why, because it's a celebration for tennis here. For me, it's the end of the season. I love to play here. This radio interview was held a week ago and is running out again now. Julien is a good boy, I know him from Thursday. I believe that all this has been eliminated from context. I do not feel the need to comment. I'd rather close the file you add to have something to write.
Is it true that his agent asked not to play at Armstrong this year at the US Open? Do this type of requests normally?
Sometimes they ask me: Do you want to play on Monday or Tuesday? Sometimes, people ask me: do you want to play day or night? Sometimes they ask the agent. Sometimes for me. Yes, sometimes we have our opinion. But not in the US Open. UU. I ordered to play on Monday. I played tonight on Tuesday. It was like that for twenty years. Sometimes I'm helped, sometimes not. But from what I heard, many things said they were wrong, to make this clear. "
Quentin Moynet in London