Following his stunningly early loss in his tune-up tournament for the French Open, Roger Federer does not want fans and pundits to consider it anything more than what it is – an unlucky contest.
The Swiss No. 2 lost in his opening round match in a Masters 1000 event for the first time in four years, but it comes on the heels of the birth of his twin boys, which explained his absence from the Madrid tournament last week.
With the French Open less than 10 days away, Federer has only had six matches on clay so far this season, but is not worried about his preperation for the second Grand Slam event of the year.
“Everything’s under control,” he said. “I still feel good. My body’s good, my mind’s good. It’s just unfortunate for one passing shot today I don’t get another opportunity to play this week.”
While Federer was clearly disappointed with his early loss in Rome, he also expressed frustration by the thin margin for defeat against Chardy.
“I think we both struggled at times in the wind today and in the end a shot here or there decided the match,” continued Federer. “He gave me a double fault to give me match point. I missed my first serve, which was crucial, but credit to him to run around the second serve and give it a go. A passing shot is a tough one for me to take, because he’s not going to make that [shot] very often. Credit to him for fighting his way back into the match.”