Q. What went wrong during the match?
ROGER FEDERER: I donít know. I mean, I thought he played well, you know, under tough conditions. Yeah, and I wasnít able to sustain maybe a solid enough game today, I guess.
Thatís about it.
Q. Do you think maybe the weather conditions had anything to do with todayís game turning out the way it did?
ROGER FEDERER: Maybe a little bit now, you know, after the match is over. I mean, the match itself obviously try to use the conditions to your advantage.
But I was struggling, you know, to sort of keep the ball in play, you know, probably long enough, even though I wasnít hitting the ball poorly. Itís been a tough week for me last couple. Maybe in these conditions today didnít help me, help the cause, letís put it that way.
I did have enough chances, so itís no excuse there. I tried, and it just didnít work out today.
Q. You had many chances in the second set, 3‑Love, 4‑2, 5‑4, and the crowd was with you, also. Do you think that if you had won that set it would have been a totally different match or not?
ROGER FEDERER: Yes, I think it would have been, but itís not. (Smiling.)
Q. You talked about struggling to find your rhythm after a few matches this week. Did you feel any better today? Did you feel you were hitting the ball any better?
ROGER FEDERER: You know, maybe it was more straightforward because obviously Novak forces the issue as well, so thereís a bit more reacting going on than actually deciding where you want to hit the ball and how many different ‑‑ you know, with how many different possibilities can you hit it in a certain corner.
That was I think a bit of my issue. Earlier on in the week, obviously against top players itís more straightforward, you know. Youíre doing a bit more reacting, as well. That was the case out here today, as well.
I thought, you know, I was playing very aggressive early on, had the break, things were going well, but obviously it was always going to be hard to keep on serving well in the wind.
Obviously when Novak picks up some good returns, you know, my first serve obviously was going to be difficult.
I was actually feeling particularly well in the second set, so that one obviously hurts the most to lose, yeah. And the first set, too.
But in the third, I mean, I wasnít able to put a good game together anymore. And the return in particular, obviously with a two sets to love lead against Novak itís not the same match anymore. He goes are goes for broke and there is no more fear. Thatís about it.
Q. Whatís your balance about your level in this tournament? In which conditions you arrive to the Wimbledon and Olympic Games?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, Olympics are still two months away; Wimbledon is still, you know, two weeks away. So we have a lot of time.
But, again, I mean, semifinals is, at the end of the day, very good result for any tennis player. For me, too. I wish I could have done a bit better today, especially with the wasted opportunities.
But thatís how it goes sometimes. Iíve got to go, you know, change things around now for grass anyway. Iím looking forward to that. Itís been a difficult clay court season. I wasnít in the best shape physically, to be quite honest.
Maybe I also that I did feel down the stretch a little bit. Overall I did feel my very best coming into the semis today. I was where I wanted to be, but ran into an opponent who was just better today.
Still, it gives me a little bit of a lift, you know, coming ‑‑ I guess coming into the grass court season now.
Q. Just your thoughts about Sundayís duel of Titans, Nadal/Djokovic.
ROGER FEDERER: Iím sure itís going to be a good match. I have no idea what the conditions are going to be, if itís going to be rainy or slow or fast. I mean, itís never going to be fast here because this year the balls are very slow.
Yeah, my pick is not a surprising one. I obviously pick Rafa. I think heís the overwhelming favorite. Weíll see how it goes.
THE MODERATOR: French, please.
Q. You made it to the semis. Thatís a good tournament for you. I felt that you were not really at ease. You were not physically present. Is that what you said?
ROGER FEDERER: I donít know. I wondered about many things. You know, there comes a time when you have to stop asking yourself questions and play, which is what I tried to do.
Whatís certain is that given the conditions, you know, I tried to be aggressive. Itís more complicated. Even more the case on clay. Thatís about it.
I had opportunities; I missed them, even though I didnít play badly on the break points. But then itís on my serve. When I was serving, I didnít manage ‑‑ not to play better. I canít say this. But it was tough.
It was difficult to attack, and being defensive, or rather, you know, I could have waited a little. But if I were to do this, I was playing for him. I was not here to play a good match but to win the match, so I had to hit the balls. It was a bit disappointing today.
Q. Would you say you were irritated given the conditions since the beginning of the tournament? Today it was quite windy.
ROGER FEDERER: I usually like when itís windy, but maybe it was not the right moment for me when there was wind, because I was looking for my pace and rhythm since the beginning of the tournament.
Then wind or no wind, I donít know if Iíd have won otherwise today. You know, I had to play a good match, and this was a match that was correct but not good enough to beat Novak.
Q. I have the impression when Iím listening to you that you have a little cold; is that true?
ROGER FEDERER: No, no. My throat was a little sore. My nose was running a little in the past days, but it didnít really bother me today. No, not at all. Didnít bother me at all.
Q. Iíll ask the question that was asked in English before: What about your position concerning Novak and Rafael Nadal on Sunday? What would you say about this? Would you say that Rafael is stronger?
ROGER FEDERER: Iíd say that Novak is the favorite, I should say in French, when I said the contrary in English. No, no. I said that Rafa is my favorite to win this tournament here, but itís going to be an interesting and pleasant final.
I donít know anything about the conditions. I think this is what I said in English.
Q. You said that your season on clay had its ups and downs due to physical injuries. Would you say that this is what you paid here at Roland Garros, all these physical difficulties?
ROGER FEDERER: No, physically I feel good. What I said before is that today was my best day physically speaking if I look at the past months.
When I practiced the week after Madrid I was okay, then I hurt myself a little, and then for three or four weeks I knew Iíd feel this physically. But then the pain vanished after Rome. I was happy on this side.
I played this side as well, so mentally afterwards you donít want to hit too strongly. Who knows? You know, I tried to find other solutions in my game, but it was a good season on clay.
I would have liked to do better here at Roland Garros. Iím supported so much, and I won in 2009, also. So I wanted to reexperience this. Unfortunately, it was not possible at all during these two weeks.
Q. On Sunday who is going to have more pressure, Djokovic aiming for the Grand Slam or Rafael Nadal who wants to beat Borgís record or will you say that both will be totally transformed?
ROGER FEDERER: Theyíre going to play well, I can tell you, pressure or no pressure. Theyíre used to it.
Novak has more pressure because heís never won here, I think.
I was in the same situation twice, I think, for the Grand Slam, you know, the four in a row, four Grand Slam tournaments. I canít really remember, anyway.
But Rafa has won six times here. Of course it would be great to win for a seventh time. But, you know, for Novak, heís never won the tournament, so who knows?
Maybe luck will be on his side again. Well, Novak therefore will have more pressure, I think, which is quite normal, even though everybody thinks that Rafa is going to win.
I think Novak has more pressure on him, you know. To be in this situation you have to win three Grand Slams in a row again, which is more difficult.
Q. Have you lost a set after breaking three times? Has it happened to you already?
ROGER FEDERER: I hope so. I hope itís not the first time. But I donít know. I have played so many matches.