Roger Federer News Conference - Loses Match To Stan Wawrinka
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - Yesterday, for Switzerland's Roger Federer, ranked No.2 in the world in men's professional tennis, 2009 did not repeat itself as it had in 2008 in Monte-Carlo when he finished second to the No. 1 ranked Rafael Nadal in the finals. On Thursday in Monaco, Federer faced off against his compatriot (also from Switzerland), Stanislas Wawrinka on Centre Court at the 2009 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters 1000. In what turned out to be a swift decisive match, Wawrinka's sheer determination to win overcame the significant skills and ability of Federer.
Roger Federer had defeated Andreas Seppi of Italy (6-4, 6-4) on Wednesday in the first round, but yesterday it was Wawrinka's chance to deliver defeat. In two sets, Stan Wawrinka, ranked No. 16 in the world, beat Federer (6-4, 7-5) in a match that showed his true potential if he can consistently play like that in the future. Roger Federer congratulated Wawrinka on his win and wished him well in his quest for the finals on Sunday in Monte-Carlo. Federer said that he was really happy to see Stan Wawrinka's progress this season and that he was already playing well in the start of the clay court season. Roger said that for him, Stan has always been a very good player.
In talking about his performance yesterday, Federer said he was having some difficulty with his forehand, which was hurting him during the match, and didn't allow him to be as aggressive as he would have liked to have been in some shots. He said that his game had got better in the end, but alas, it was Stan who played better than him yesterday. Federer also felt his serve wasn't up to standard and that he has had difficulty with it this season. He said he now knows what he needs to be worked on next week during his training at the practice courts.