Roger Federer: ‘I was very clear how I wanted to play’

Roger Federer has written a new page in his exceptional career, reaching his second week at Wimbledon for the umpteenth time. The former world number 1, who had turned up in London with very few matches in his legs, ruled host Cameron Norrie in four sets, resisting his opponent’s comeback attempt. The Swiss phenomenon has given encouraging signs from the point of view of physical fitness and his confidence in his means continues to increase game after game. Not bad for a player who will turn 40 in just over a month. The 20-time Grand Slam champion had risked a lot of elimination already in the first round, but somehow he was saved thanks also to the unfortunate injury that occurred in Mannarino. Interviewed a few minutes after the victory over Norrie, King Roger expressed his hope of still having something in his tank before hanging up his racket. Fresh from two knee surgeries, Federer was patient and found the key to getting back competitive. “I’ve played a lot of tennis during my career” – the eight-time Wimbledon champion made his debut. “I loved every single minute on the pitch and I hope there is still something left inside me. I feel lucky to be able to play right now. These victories are even more special because I am almost 40 years old, indeed Wimbledon is my last Grand Slam before reaching the fateful 40. At this point it’s all a bonus, we’ll see how far I can get here” – he continued. The Swiss was good at regaining concentration in the fourth set: “I’m really relieved, it was a tough battle. He deserved to win that third set, we were very close in terms of performance. I felt good throughout the match, I only had a small blank pass at the end of the third which cost me the set. Overall, I can be very satisfied with how I played”.

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Roger Federer believes his wins over Richard Gasquet and Cameron Norrie have done wonders for his mindset going into the second week of Wimbledon. Federer said he knew that if he survived the tussle against Mannarino, he would face a more favorable opponent in the shape of Gasquet in the second round. “This is where I needed to probably get out of the match somehow and give myself a chance to play Gasquet who suits my game better especially on the faster courts,” added Federer. “The same thing against Norrie, I was very clear how I wanted to play and this is how I wanna feel so I feel like maybe thanks to Gasquet and now, Norrie I’m in a much better frame of mind mentally and I have to be if I wanna be competitive in that second week here at Wimbledon.”