New Racquet, No Excuses - says Federer

“I think he was a bit better than me today. 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.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"]Roger Federer at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors in... Roger Federer at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors in Basel, on 25. October 2007, playing against Juan Martin Del Potro. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption]

“I think the conditions were totally different to last night. It was wet and heavy last night, under the lights, It’s a quick turnaround to quick conditions today and a totally different opponent. But that’s no excuse.”

"I don’t think it had much to do with the racket today, 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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