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Satisfied with a victory and attitude against Dominic Thiem (6-2, 6-3) on Tuesday at the London Masters, Roger Federer was interviewed at a press release on Julien's release Benneteau and potential privileges that would be of benefit to Switzerland.
"There was some concern as you canceled your training on Monday, the day after you missed Kei Nishikori. Did you need to rest on a day off?
Yes, and I'll do the same tomorrow (Wednesday) because he works (Smile). What was important was my advance, my back or my service, I believe that that was my head. And for that, from time to time, you need a break. I played a lot of tennis in the past two months. I saw my competition against Nishikori on my way back to the hotel. Long journey! We had time to talk. My trainers told me: enjoy your day with your family and become happy today (Tuesday). When you face Thiem, that's what's important, the head, not the blasts. My shots are there. I was feeling today (Tuesday). So I'm very happy, this is the correct decision. You'll have a first game reaction.
"Not necessarily the knife between your teeth"
Looking back, how do you explain your lost Sunday performance?
I do not know what happened. Maybe it's the format it got me. You do not necessarily have the knife between your teeth, as in another tournament where, when you are in trouble, you know, if you do not pull yourself together, you're home at 30 minutes. There you know whatever happens, you'll play three games. I was feeling well through the day. But I had a small threat during the game, I saw things in a negative way. Kei played me terrible during the first eight games and I should have told myself: "Great, I do not need a rhythm, so it's good for me". But it does not matter if you do not start well. Here's the first game, it's normal. I think I'm too negative. So it was important that I remember how great it is to play here in O2 Arena. I love playing in London. Today, when I spent my ten years in the O2, it reminded me of the whole thing, the pleasure and privilege of playing in this room. There is no reason to be negative. The new tournament starts.
On Thursday, you will face Kevin Anderson, who is driving you in July at Wimbledon, in a definite game for the qualification. How are you doing it?
I can win and it does not apply, it does not depend on me. It's similar. If I do not pass, it's because I do not deserve to pass. The bottom line for me is to play last last pitch game here, trying to beat Kevin. He's really playing now. He has managed an incredible season. He played very well against me at Wimbledon. I focus on it. My first competition was not great, it was better today and I have to continue against Kevin, if I want an opportunity to continue on my way to London.
"Julien is a nice man"
Are you aware of Julien Benneteau's comments that suggest that you benefit from beneficial programming? Do you have a reaction?
No, I do not have one.
You do not know what he said?
Yes, but I do not want to talk about this topic during the Masters, to be honest. I hope you understand why, because there is a tennis celebration here. For me, here is the final of the season. I love playing here. This radio interview was held over a week ago and is now facing up. Julien is a nice man, I know her since the younger children. I believe that all of this has taken out of context. I do not feel that comments need to be made. I'd rather close the file than to add so you have something to write.
Is it true that your agent asks you not to play on the Armstrong this year in the Opening? Do these types of applications usually do?
Sometimes I'm asked: Would you like to play Monday or Tuesday? Sometimes people ask me: do you want to play day or night? Sometimes they ask the agent. Sometimes to me. Yes, sometimes we have our say. But Opening the United States, I asked to play on Monday. I played on Tuesday night. It has been like that for twenty years. Sometimes I've helped me, sometimes not. But from what I've heard, there are many things that said wrongly, to be clear about this. "
Quentin Moynet in London