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Roger Federer crashed out of the Rome Masters at the hands of Jeremy Chardy.
Frenchman Chardy stunned the Swiss in a Centre court thriller 1-6 6-3 7-6.
Former world no.1 and fourth seed Federer has only just returned to action after his wife Mirka gave birth to their second set of twins last week. Here’s what Federer had to say after the defeat. . .
Roger, what are your thoughts on the match?
I think we both struggled to win today and at the end a shot here or there may have decided the match.
But credit to him for fighting his way back into the match.
Just one match is not great preparation for the French Open, what will you do now, will you go back to your family?
In Monaco practice for me was very good the last few weeks, I did have my family but everything is under control. And I still feel good, body and mind.
Can you say something about your relationship with Stefan Edberg?
I am enjoying the time I spend with him, the chats we have about tennis and life. It’s really crucial what he tells me about tennis and my game and what he thinks I should do in general.
He has been my idol since I first started playing tennis, everybody knows that. He is a very inspiring person for me, and when I was thinking to add someone to the team I thought what somebody special and asked Stefan what he though.
Are you looking to Roland Garros and Wimbledon, do you think chances are opening up for some new players?
Maybe, but again I think all the top guys are playing well. At the end of the day results show that at the French Open and Wimbledon you still need a very good performance if you want to win.
Chardy will now face Croatia’s Ivan Dodig, who beat Lukas Rosol 6-1 6-2.
Elsewhere Tommy Haas will face Stanislas Wawrinka for the first time in eight years.