translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
Defeated by Gael Monfils in the third round of the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, Federer was upset again in a claycourt tournament.
The Swiss who has never won in the Principality answered our questions after this new setback. Calm and serene, the world No. 2 will quickly start to work again.
This is the fourth time that you are beaten by Gael Monfils. Is he a player who gives you problems?
The matches have always been difficult facing Monfils. In the past I've always had great problems with him. He is a player who has an incredible potential. No matter where he plays and who he faces, he will always have a card to play.
After this first event on clay, do you know how many details you need to improve to ramp up on this surface?
I just got out of the court so I do not really know. But every hour spent on court whether in training or match is a good thing. I will analyse this week with Stefan Edberg and see on which point I need to work. But I do not see a specific point that I have to work on. The important perhaps is to have a good sparring partner with whom I can practice and get used more and more to the surface.
You had invited Dominic Thiem last week to your preparation. Do you know who will be the next to hit with you?
I'll talk to my family and see the distribution of physical and technical training. Depending on the amount of technical work that I do, I would organize to bring a player in Switzerland, we'll see who it will be.
What has disappointed you in your performance today?
I know I can vary my shots better. Especially with my backhand. Sometimes it was a little better, but I never really felt comfortable. Gael did not play as aggressive as in Lille in Davis Cup but I accept the fact that I can do better and I will continue to work next week.
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