Roger Federer has always been the pleasant type, even while he is annihilating you on the court, he manages to smile. It’s almost easy to forget how badly you are being abused, but Roger Federer told reporters after his match with Andy Murray that he was happy to have lost at least one game during Thursday night’s match at London’s O2 Arena.
Allegedly, Roger would have felt bad if he double stuffed Andy Murray for the first time in the Brit’s career on tour.
It only took 56 minutes for the World No. 2 to smack Murray 6-0, 6-1, and it was an odd sight to see the aging champion put such a thorough beating on the younger and often difficult challenger.
Theoretically, Murray should have been a decent matchup against the older Federer, playing in the United Kingdom against a natives son. However, to be fair it’s difficult to get a home court advantage against Federer anywhere in the world at this point. Murray didn’t put up much of a fight though, looking more than ready for the off season that is now awaiting him, he barely scratched out the second to last game of the match to avoid the double bagel.
Federer admitted to being uncomfortable with his domination of the match and mentioned that he felt relieved that it ended the way that it did. When asked how it felt to be leading my such a wide margin, Federer noted, “Not so cool because I wouldn’t want to be in that position. I was happy to get it done. At the end I was happy I didn’t win the second-to-last game to be quite honest. Yeah, it’s uncomfortable. I don’t know. I don’t like it.”
Roger added that he could relate with Murray’s comeback from significant back problems over the last year and referenced the rebuilding and rehabbing he has had to do with his own game due similar ailments. According to Federer getting your confidence back is the hardest part, “Maybe he has those kind of confidence issues. I went through exactly the same last year. It’s like an up-and-down battle. Every point is complicated. Every day is complicated. At the same time you do have your good days, you have your okay days. But they’re not so often.”
There seems to be a growing divide between Murray and the Elite 3 at the very top of the game right now. He has not faired well since his return against Nadal, Djokovic, or Federer and leaves the year end championships with some lingering questions. Federer added that there is a mental element that plays a big role in regaining your old form after an injury…
There is two months until the Australian Open begins and Murray will surely be enjoying the time off to rest, recuperate, and prepare for the sweltering conditions that come with the Australian summer. Meanwhile, even though Novak Djokovic has wrapped up the year end #1 ranking, Federer moves on in the final tournament of the year and will try to finish on a high note. See you down under Andy…