Roger federer felt very bad about his performance against Kei Nishikori. He is going straight to practice court, he was unable find his rhythm in the play except in the second set. He went for so many unforced errors. He was playing in the first round also with struggling game play, but got away easily with Stepanek, but this time, the Japanese raising player converted his break point opportunities and won his dream match.
“I’m going to go back to the practice court, train hard, and make sure I don’t have these kinds of days anymore.I was lacking control from the baseline, and that pretty much carried through from start to finish. I’m pretty disappointed with my play. I’m not sure how well Kei thought he played. I didn’t think he had to play his very best either, which is even more disappointing. At least I’ll come out with some ideas of what I need to work on, Clearly the ball flies here and it’s faster, so that makes it sometimes trickier to find your rhythm. We’re so accustomed to always finding that rhythm eventually, so it’s even more disappointing if you never really find it, which was the case today. Credit to Kei. He got it done and was more solid in the wind. He played better than I did, so the better guy won today, that’s for sure. ” – Roger Federer
“He was my idol. Actually, to beat him, that was one of my goals for my tennis career. It happens on clay and it’s amazing. It’s not really my favourite surface. I wasn’t really expecting this, 6-2 in the third, that’s not easy against him. I played well. I was a little bit tight of course, but he didn’t make many first serves in the third set and I was able to attack his second. I was even more aggressive in the third set. I’m pretty happy the way I played.”- Kei Nishikori