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Federer: No Excuses, He Was Better

Hamburg, Germany

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer was beaten by World No. 114 Federico Delbonis.

Roger Federer rued his missed opportunities in a 7-6(7), 7-6(4) semi-final defeat to Federico Delbonis on Saturday in Hamburg, but credited the qualifier with better play on the clutch points. 

Federer led by an early break in the first set and also had a set point in the tie-break. He had a chance to break Delbonis midway through the second set, but could not take his opportunity to push the match into a third set. 

“I think he was a bit better than me today,” said Federer, a four-time former winner of the bet-at-home Open - German Tennis Championships.  “Both sets could have gone either way. So, it’s clearly a pity I couldn’t win either of the sets because I was starting to feel better towards the end of the match. But unfortunately I couldn’t push him further and create more chances today.

“I think the conditions were totally different to last night. It was wet and heavy last night, under the lights,” said Federer, who had battled past Florian Mayer on Friday evening. “It’s a quick turnaround to quick conditions today and a totally different opponent. But that’s no excuse.”

After a shock second-round exit at Wimbledon, where he was also beaten by a player outside the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings – World No. 116 Sergiy Stakgovsky, Federer had transitioned to a larger racquet frame. He made his debut with the new 98 square-inch frame this week and was pleased to have battled through three tough matches.

Federer Losses To Players Outside Top 100

Year Tournament Federer Ranking Opponent Op Ranking
1999 Marseille 243 Arnaud Clement 103
1999 Davis Cup: SUI V BEL QF 109 Christophe Van Garsse 146
1999 Davis Cup: SUI V BEL QF 109 Xavier Malisse 111
1999 Miami 125 Kenneth Carlsen 106
1999 Washington 104 Bjorn Phau 407
2000 Barcelona 51 Sergi Bruguera 249
2000 Indianapolis 40 James Sekulov 191
2002 Wimbledon 9 Mario Ancic 154
2002 Gstaad 11 Radek Stepanek 110
2005 Monte-Carlo 1 Richard Gasquet 101
2013 Wimbledon 3 Sergiy Stakhovsky 116
2013 Hamburg 5 Federico Delbonis 114

"I don’t think it had much to do with the racket today,” said Federer. “I tried everything I could at this tournament. It’s been a difficult week throughout. But I’m happy I fought through many matches. It gives me the matches I was looking for. 

"I was clearly hoping, after winning a tough one yesterday, to somehow get through today and then give myself an opportunity to win the title tomorrow. It’s disappointing, but defeats like that happen sometimes.

"I had a great time. I really enjoyed playing in front of the people here in Hamburg on the Centre Court where I’ve had so many nice moments in my career. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to the finals, but nevertheless, I did have four good matches and these are the kind of matches I need." 

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