Federer Discusses Late Night Tennis

March 30, 2011 · Print This Article

Following his late night victory at the Sony Ericsson Open on Wednesday, Roger Federer told the media that he wasn’t bothered by his late start against Belgium Oliver Rochus.

Beginning the contest at 12:37 am, Federer needed 52 minutes to reach the quarterfinals.

“I was home at the hotel till 7:00, so I had all day to do something else than to wait around,” admitted Federer. I first thought or heard it was going to be canceled maybe because of rain, or my session anyway. They would move the day session back and the night session.

“So that was a bit just a waiting game to find out if I was going to play at all or not. You want to keep the mind focused. Supposed to play tonight.

“That’s what happened, so I’m happy I played a good match.”

Improving to 8-0 against Rochus in lifetime meetings, Federer confessed that his diminutive opponent was far from his best.

“It’s funny, usually what happens when you have to wait around for so long somehow it’s like a blowout,” said Federer. One guy is just not, you know, the same as he would be if he would have played at that particular 9:30 hour maybe. Maybe the match would have been a three?setter. I don’t know.”

Attempting to win his third-career title in Miami, Federer will next face Gilles Simon for a place in the semifinals.

Simon own a 2-1 head-to-head series lead over Federer.

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