17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer suffered his earliest exit at the French Open in a decade on Sunday, when he lost a five set battle to Latvian No. 1 Ernests Gulbis. It was a rollercoaster contest that featured opportunities for both competitors, yet ultimatley it was Gulbis who put forth the better effort and secured entry to his second ever quarter-final in Paris.
The 2009 French Open champion revealed at the post-match press conference that he had already moved on from his loss and was mentally preparing himself for the upcoming grass court season.
“Mentally I have already switched to the grass, to be quite honest,” said Federer. “For me, it’s like, ‘the clay-court season was fun, but we are moving on.’ Clay doesn’t need me anymore, I got flushed out here.”
Federer will begin his grass court season in Halle, where he will be looking to defend the sole title he won last season. With no injuries to worry about this time around, Federer likes his chances at the Wimbledon Championships.
“Clearly first the focus is on Halle, try to defend my title there. It’s nice going back to a place where I have to defend something. Hasn’t been like this for a while, so that’s something I’m looking forward to. I think when I’m healthy, like I have been now for the last six to nine months, I think I can also decide the outcome of the matches more than I could last year.
“I’m very excited about my chances for Wimbledon now this time.”