Federer Admits: I Lost To A Better Player. Roger Federer appeared somewhat shell-shocked in his post-match press conference after a fourth round defeat to Stefanos Tstisipas at the Australian Open yesterday but admitted the ‘better player’ won. The Swiss went down to the Greek in four incredibly tight sets on the Rod Laver Arena and expressed his frustration at being unable to break the Greek’s serve on a disappointing evening at Melbourne Park. Federer has been knocked out before the semi-finals of each of the past three Grand Slams and he once again came up short against his exciting Greek opponent in what was their first tour-level meeting.
“Well, there is always multiple factors that play into a match like this,’ he said after the 7-6 (13-11) 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 6-7 (5-7) loss. “But it definitely didn’t go the way I was hoping on the breakpoints. I also didn’t break him at the Hopman Cup, so clearly something is wrong how I return him, what I’m trying to do. He’s doing a good job to defend them. Nevertheless, it’s very frustrating, yeah. “I think it was okay. I lost to a better player who was playing very well tonight. Hung in there, gave himself chances at some point, stayed calm. It’s not always easy, especially for younger guys. Credit to him for taking care of that.
“Yeah, I mean, look, conditions also changed throughout the match like every year when you start at 7, go into the night. It gets harder to go through the opponent.
“Yeah, I mean, look, conditions also changed throughout the match like every year when you start at 7, go into the night. It gets harder to go through the opponent. Yeah, I thought conditions were definitely a bit slower this year than last year. Didn’t allow for as much variation, to be quite honest.
“But he did a nice job of taking care of his half volleys. That’s maybe what won him the match tonight, I’m not sure.“ Tsitsipas was in terrific form and believes his aggressive game got him over the line. ‘It’s important to have this aggressive mindset,’ the Greek said on court.
“Play in the moment, have first serves in and press from the very beginning. I didn’t lose my patience. That was the key to save those break points. Overall I showed a great fighting spirit and determination. ‘Roger is a legend of our sport. So much respect for him. It was a dream to be on Rod Laver facing him. Winning at the end, I cannot describe it, you know?