Swiss Roger Federer admitted he wasn't happy with the way his match went against Felix Auger-Aliassime but he has moved past the defeat. In his lone grass-court tournament played this grass season, Federer suffered a round-of-16 defeat in Halle to rising Canadian star Auger-Aliassime.
Federer was up by a set but Auger-Aliassime stormed back to win in three sets. “I had a mental moment where I was just not happy with how things were going in the match,” Federer reflected in a pre-tournament press conference.
“When things derailed mentally for me, I was already down a break in the third. You might argue I would have maybe lost anyway. It was Felix's good play that got me there. “[But] it was definitely also, there's ways to lose and a standard I set for myself and how I go about things”.
Federer mentally in a great place
Federer, a record eight-time Wimbledon champion, arrived to The All England Club feeling mentally strong. “The good thing now, looking back, is I know it will not happen here because I'm ready, I'm excited, I'm pumped up.
I know I can do so much better,” Federer said. “I think I've got to take the positives out of these last few weeks, that I'm actually here at Wimbledon right now and I have a chance. I know if I get rolling, I get into the second week – which is the goal here right now, that I get stronger and stronger as every match goes by – I believe it's very much possible.
“I come here feeling mentally strong rather [than] the last set I played in Halle, which was clearly not the standard I like”. Ahead of Wimbledon, record 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer practiced with three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray.
“It was very nice sharing the court again with Andy,” he said. “We were trying to think when [was] the last time we shared a practice court together. I thought it was the Australian Open in 2005 or something.
He thought it was maybe Rome in 2006. We didn't do it for a long time. “I hope he can go deep here, have a nice run. Same for me. I think we always back our chances on this surface. But it was great spending time on the court again with Andy. It's nice to see him out there”.