Roger Federer was defeated by Dominic Thiem at the Paribas Open final by 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Sunday (local time), but the Swiss star said that he’s not that disappointed with the loss and is looking at the loss with mindset.
Talking to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Roger said, “I am not too disappointed. I feel like he had to come up with the goods, and it did feel like to some extent it was on my racquet, I just came up against somebody who was, on the day, a bit better when it really mattered.”
Further ATP quoted Federer saying, “That’s how it goes. Sure, it is frustrating and disappointing and sad to some extent. But look, I have been in these positions so many times that I get over it very quickly.”
He said, “It is hard to pinpoint exactly what went wrong [against Thiem]. The return he hits on the line at 5-all [in the third set], that is the one I needed, and I could not produce that. Why is that?”
Moreover, “You can start looking, digging so deep, and then you end up getting lost, rather than just saying he played maybe a little bit better when he really had to, I did not feel like I played bad, either. I had my chances. I was in the points,” Federer added.
This year, Federer has won 12 of 14 matches and he has become the second player to earn 100 tour-level titles in the Open era.
Tennis Ace star said, “I am happy for Dominic, winning his first Masters 1000, as well. It is a massive event to win, I just got my 100th in Dubai, and I had a good week here. Really, there is no reason to get down. Plus there is more to look forward to in Miami.”
The 37-year-old will now be preparing for the Miami Open and will enter the tournament as the fourth seed.