PARIS: Sweep away the clay, bring on the grass summed up Roger Federer’s emotions after his French Open defeat to Novak Djokovic on Friday.
The Swiss star lost in straight sets 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 to the top seed from Serbia in a semi-final encounter that left him on a record 16 Grand Slam titles, the last coming over two years ago at the 2010 Australian Open.
It was a poor performance from Federer, by his own superlative standards, and it brought down the curtain on a claycourt season that, for him, was a damp squib after a promising few months.
“That’s how it goes sometimes. I’ve got to change things around now for grass anyway,” he said. I’m looking forward to that. It’s been a difficult clay court season. I wasn’t in the best shape physically, to be quite honest. It gives me a little bit of a lift, coming into the grass court season.”