Roger Federer and turf, it’s a long story of love.
Roger Federer and turf, it’s a long story of love.A love story that will not be jealous Halle, to whom the Swiss champion has the same passion. So just a few hours before starting a new adventure on the German grass, where he will seek a tenth win, Basel, beaten in the final last year by the young Croatian Borna Coric, is naturally back on the many reasons that make the German rendez-vous one of his favorite of the season.
“I love playing here in Halle, I’m here for the seventeenth time,” says Federer. If I look in the past, good memories and successes are very numerous. I also trained here at the academy, my wife likes to come here, it’s relaxing. As I am Swiss, I speak German, which probably helps me feel so good here. With the fans.
I feel like we know each other, they know what they can expect from me, I know what I will receive from them. It helps me feel great and play good tennis here. I hope I can win again here, we’ll see. ”
FEDERER: “THE TURF FOR ME? MAYBE THAT RAFA FEELS ON LAND
If the recent semi-finalist Roland Garros for his return to clay, he who had skipped the ocher surface the previous three years, appreciates as Halle, it is also because he argues on grass , the favorite playground. In this same interview, the world number 3 reveals why he enjoys playing grass.
“This surface promotes my qualities and hides my flaws, so I can play my game as I want,” says Federer, who does not hesitate to compare his feeling of well-being on the grass to the one who lives in a certain Rafael Nadal on clay. “Maybe that’s what Rafa feels on clay, he has the choice, he does what he wants. Me it’s on grass.
I have a lot of options … and the more options you have the better chance of winning. You can adapt your tactics to the opponent too, you have more margin. “RF” is looking forward to opening the grass season this Tuesday against Australia’s John Millman. A first meeting that he does not tackle without pressure, despite his colossal experience and his 37 years. “The pressure is high for me too because the season is extremely short.
It is necessary to remain extremely concentrated, to take the points after points. That’s what I’m going to have to do against John Millman, who had made the game difficult in the past. ”
FEDERER: “PARIS PARTY WITH POSITIVE WAVES”
But like any exit of Federer who respects himself, the “Maestro” could not close this interview without a word, even fast, on his defeat against Nadal in Paris at the gates of the final. With always the same analysis of this setback recorded in very special conditions that day against the Majorcan.
And that leaves him with no bitter taste, contrary to what many people think. “I do not have to be ashamed of my defeat against Rafa at Roland-Garros, he’s the best player of all time on this surface.
I tried everything with my means, the windy conditions were really not easy. I loved playing Rafa in these conditions. I have no regrets. I left Paris with positive waves. ”
Nine times winner here in Halle, Roger Federer is seeking this year a tenth crown on the side of Germany. The Swiss will start his tournament against John Millman. A bad memory for the Swiss since the Australian had eliminated last year at the US Open.
The conditions of play, extremely wet, had greatly hampered the Basel. In the center of Germany, little chance of finding such an atmosphere.
Meanwhile the Swiss is happy to be there for the 17th time, savoring the passage on grass his favorite surface and intends to take the opportunity to win the tournament for the tenth time.
“The surface on grass favors my qualities and hides my defects …”
The Maestro feels good on grass and intends to continue to enjoy: “This surface favors my qualities and hides my flaws, so I can play my game as I want.This is perhaps also what Rafa feels about clay, he has the choice, he does as he wants.It’s on grass.
I have many options … and the more options you have the more chances to win. You can adapt your tactics to the opponent too, you have more margin. ” As comfortable as he is on grass, Federer is wary of his first round against John Millman: “But the pressure is high for me too because the season is extremely short.
It must remain extremely focused, take the points after This is what I am going to have to do against John Millman who has made the game difficult in the past. “