R. FEDERER/J. Del Potro 3‑6, 6‑7, 6‑2, 6‑0, 6‑3
Q. In the first two sets especially, I mean, it looked as if Del Potro’s resistance to your groundstroke rhythm had improved and he was playing much better than before in the groundstrokes. Then in the rest of the match you suddenly seemed to take over. What made the difference between the start and the end of the match?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, comparing to this year’s matches, it’s obviously the first one on clay. Conditions are slow, particularly on clay. That makes it hard for a lot of variation. You don’t get any free points on the serve.
Anything that’s maybe short rallies and chips and down the line shots, it’s a better match for me. He obviously like to go back into backhand and then rip the forehand once he gets the chance.
I thought it was very good conditions for him. I knew it was going to be tough anyway. I have still been struggling to find my rhythm. I did feel it in the first set, even though he was up two sets ‑‑ two breaks. I was finding a way back and starting to feel better.
Just trying to figure out how to play a guy who returns from so far back on a slow court. Do you try to serve through him? Which I tried; didn’t work. Or do I try and move it around a bit. And that worked a bit better, but it was really in the mix‑up that, you know, I found success.
Second set was a tough, you know, set for me to lose, but he played a really good breaker and got the better of me. But I was happy that the first two sets took some time, because I did favor myself once the match got longer. That’s kind of how it came.
So I’m very happy with the way I fought and started in the third set, fourth set, and even in the fifth set where obviously it was the toughest, because that was his last chance and his resistance maybe was the biggest there.
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