INTERNAZIONALI BNL D'ITALIA
Federer Praises Chardy, Plans For Family To Join Him In Paris
by ATP Staff|
Roger Federer only had credit for his opponent, Jeremy Chardy, after a shock
1-6, 6-3, 7-6(6) second-round exit on Wednesday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.
The Swiss had arrived in Rome on Monday, following a last-minute decision to compete at the Foro Italico after he and wife, Mirka, welcomed their second set of twins, Lenny and Leo, on Tuesday, 6 May.
In his second meeting with Chardy, the players were faced with extremely blustery conditions. Federer had the chance to close the match out at 6-5 in the third-set tie-break, but was thwarted by an inspired forehand passing shot from Chardy, who went on to win the final two points of the match. Federer refused to blame the elements, though.
"The conditions were the same for all the players today,” said Federer. “Sure, it makes it difficult to have a proper game plan, or execute the way you want. Clearly, you're not going to take as many risks, you're just trying to put shots in play, rather than really go for it. I wasn't really able to stretch the lead when I had it. Unfortunately, it happened this way today.
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"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."
The 32-year-old Federer will now return home to be with his family, and hopes that all four children will make the trip to Roland Garros with him next week. The second Grand Slam championship of the year begins Sunday, 25 May in the French capital.
Speaking to the Telegraph newspaper, Federer said, "We hope that we can all make it together to Paris. My plan is that they can also come on tour, and this time around at least we kind of know how to handle kids on the road. That was quite a challenge I must say [with Myla and Charlene], early on. Especially after they were one year old, when they started to become much more mobile and walking around a lot.
"I’m aware it’s going to be a lot of work. But this is not a time where anybody needs to feel sorry for me or get worried. It’s super-exciting. With Myla and Charlene just being there and being with them, observing, just doing it all together, it’s so cool. I’m really looking forward to it all, and the future is beautiful.”