The iconic Swiss master, Roger Federer had taken some time off in order to be mentally and physically fresh for the grass court season. It is no secret that Federer loves this season more than any other, which is why he took the controversial decision to opt out of the clay court season in order to be ready for Wimbledon. But things did not start very well, as Federer lost in the first round of the Stuttgart Open. Federer is disappointed with his display at the Stuttgart Open, which is why he has decided to step up his preparations for the coming season.
This is what Federer had to say after his loss,
“Coming here and losing in the semis last year, now the opening round this year, it’s not what I was hoping to do,” he told the ATP website.
“Especially on grass courts, close to home, in Germany, which has been a good hunting ground for me. It’s not good enough.
“If you don’t take your chances like I didn’t, leading a set and a break, you really only have yourself to blame at the end.
“I would have liked to stay here longer and given myself the best possible chance to win the tournament, so that’s a let down.”
“It wasn’t all bad, not at all. There were definitely some good moments, but I definitely was not as sharp as I was hoping to be in the big moments, or the moment when I had the lead and feel I should have been cruising.
“I definitely made some crucial mistakes and judgment errors.
“[But] it gives me more time for Halle. As a positive thinker, that’s what I see. I’ve been on grass for over two weeks… it’s good to play a match again.
“I really feel the body. It feels different right now than it does after practice. It just makes you tired.
“There are some positives to take away. It will give me good preparation going into Halle and then Wimbledon is soon.”