Benneteau on Federer: 'Mentally he's a rock'
Julien Benneteau, who was within two points of knocking Roger Federer out of the third round of Wimbledon twice in the fourth-set tiebeaker of the Swiss' 4-6, 6-7(3), 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-1 victory, says the 16-time Grand Slam champion was unflappable.
"Mentally he's a rock," Benneteau said. "He's two sets down and he doesn't show anything. After that, if your level is a little bit lower, right here, right now he takes the opportunity. He has a capacity also to improve his game during the match He was more aggressive right after I serve the first shot of the rally, he tried to hit the ball stronger and to be more aggressive, and you feel it when you are on the opposite side. So you have to be focused every point, every point against him. You cannot make any mistakes. If you don't make the right shot tactically at the right place, you lose the point almost. So it's tough. Two sets down and he's a champion. He arrive to win this match in five sets, and he was not in control. I think he was a little bit not panicked, but not comfortable. But at the end of the day he's here; he doesn't make any mistakes. At the end of the fourth set his serve was incredible. Only first serve, only first serve, only first serve. He didn't make a lot of mistakes.