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Satisfied with his victory and attitude to Dominic Thiem (6-2, 6-3) on Tuesday at London Masters, Roger Federer was interrogated during a press conference on the release of Julien Benneteau and possible privileges that would benefit the Swiss. .
"There were some fears when you canceled training on Monday, the day after your defeat with Kei Nishikori. Do you just need a rest on a day off?
Yes, and I will do the same tomorrow (Wednesday) because it worked (User)It was important not my forehand, my reverse or my service, I think it was my head. And for that, from time to time, you need a break. I've played a lot of tennis in the last two months. I saw my duel with Nishikori on the way back to the hotel. A long journey! We had time to discuss. My trainers told me: enjoy the day with your family and come back happy today (Tuesday)When you face Thiem, it's important, head, do not blow. My shots are there. I felt it today (Tuesday). I am very happy, it was the right decision. I showed the reaction to my first game.
"Not necessarily a knife between your teeth"
In retrospect, how do you explain your Sunday performance on Sunday?
I do not know what happened. Maybe it's the format that got me. You do not have to have a knife between your teeth, like in another tournament, when you're in trouble, you know that if you do not stay together, you're at home in 30 minutes. There, you know that whatever happens, you play three games. I felt good all day. But I got a bit angry during the match, I saw things in a negative way. Kei played terribly like me during the first eight games and I should say: "Great, I do not need a rhythm, it's like that, it's good for me"But it does not matter if you do not start well. This is the first game, it's normal. I think I was too negative. It was important, then, that I remember how great it is to play here at the O2 Arena. I love to play in London. Today, when I spent ten years in O2, it reminded me of all the pleasure and privilege of playing in this room. There is no reason to be negative. The tournament has just begun.
On Thursday, you'll face Kevin Anderson, who defeated you in July at Wimbledon in the decisive qualifying game. How do you approach him?
I can win and not qualify, it does not depend on me. This is. If I do not go, it's because I do not deserve to be credited. The most important thing for me is that here is a good last match in the pot, trying to defeat Kevin. Now it plays very well. He managed an amazing season. He played very well against me at Wimbledon. I focus on this. My first game was not great, today it was better and I have to continue to fight Kevin if I want to have a chance to go on my way to London.
"Julien is a nice guy"
Do you know the remarks of Julien Benneteau suggesting that you are using beneficial programming? Do you have a reaction?
No I do not have.
You do not know what he said?
If, but I do not really want to talk about it during the Champions, to be honest. I hope you understand why, because it is a tennis feast here. For me it's the season finale. I love to play here. This radio conversation took place over a week ago and now appears again. Julien is a nice guy, I've known him since junior times. I think that all of this has been taken out of context. I do not feel the need to comment. I prefer to close the file rather than add, so you have something to write.
Is it true that your agent asked you not to play Armstrong this year at the US Open? Do you usually make such requests?
Sometimes the question arises: Would you like to play on Monday or Tuesday? Sometimes people ask me: do you want to play day or evening? Sometimes they ask the agent. Sometimes for me. Yes, sometimes we have the right to vote. But at the US Open I asked to play on Monday. I played on Tuesday evening. It was like that for twenty years. He helps me sometimes, sometimes not. But from what I heard, many things said they were bad to explain it. "
Quentin Moynet in London