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11 Nov 2019, 11:26 IST

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Roger Federer on the ATP Finals

Roger Federer blamed “first-round hiccups” for the loss to Dominic Thiem that leaves him vulnerable to an early exit from the ATP Finals.

Austrian Thiem accomplished a hat-trick of wins over the 20-time grand slam champion in 2019 with a 7-5 7-5 victory on the opening day in London.

Federer now faces a tricky process to advance from Group Bjorn Borg, which additionally comprises Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini.

The 38-year-old dedicated 30 unenforced errors and gained 11 of 22 factors on his second serve in an uneven displaying on the O2 Enviornment on Sunday.

“I assumed he performed effectively. The beginning undoubtedly did not assist. That put me on the again foot somewhat bit,” Federer mentioned.

“However I recovered effectively and I assumed the match was fairly even for a protracted time period. I felt I had my possibilities. Did not really feel like I used to be outplayed or something.

“Simply possibly these first-round hiccups somewhat bit, not hitting your spots on the serve when you could, stepping into hassle early within the service video games, which possibly would not occur later within the event.”

Federer gained the final of his six ATP Finals titles in 2011 and must be at his greatest to remain in competition for a seventh.

“It is a regular event from right here on ahead. I am not allowed to lose anymore,” the Swiss star mentioned.

“That is how it’s each week of the 12 months for the previous 20 years, so from that standpoint there may be nothing new.”

Each gamers are again in motion on Tuesday as Federer faces event debutant Berrettini, who was no match for a dominant Djokovic.

The style of the Serbian’s 6-2 6-1 triumph and the tight schedule offers Thiem little time to savour his fifth profession win over “in all probability the perfect participant of all time”.

“The system is fairly brutal, I’d say, as a result of I had an incredible victory,” he mentioned.

“I am feeling nice. I am feeling now that I’ve probability to succeed in the semis, but when I lose on Tuesday, for instance, every thing is totally open once more and I [would] have to fret about every thing on the subsequent match on Thursday.

“The one factor I can do is relaxation effectively [on Monday], follow effectively, and be absolutely centered once more on Tuesday.”

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