Roger Federer shoots down journalist at Indian Wells: ‘Better research next time buddy’ - Express


Roger Federer booked his place in the last-16 with an efficient straight-sets victory against Stan Wawrinka last night.

The 20-time Grand Slam was quizzed on the Davis Cup final in his post-match press conference, with the reporter thinking Switzerland had qualified for the finals.

Federer had to set his inquisitor straight - although he did so in a very gracious manner.

“The Davis Cup? I can’t because we’re not qualified for the finals,” Federer replied.

“No problem, so there goes your question.

“Better research next time buddy.

“That’s not my mistake, I didn’t play - or maybe it is my mistake.

“I don’t know what to tell you. I’m sorry, I would like to elaborate more but I just can’t.”

Federer is hunting his 101st ATP title in California in a bid to close down Jimmy Connors’ all-time record of 109.

And he was handed a big boost as world No 1 and pre-tournament favourite Novak Djokovic crashed out last night.

The Serbian suffered a shock straight-sets loss to Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Meanwhile, Federer takes on British No 1 Kyle Edmund in the last-16, whom he compared to Andy Murray.

“I have never played him, and so that's exciting, especially an established player,” Federer said.

“I think he's a really nice guy. Trains hard. He's got good balance. Very similar backhand to [Andy] Murray in some ways, also, by the technique of it.

“And the forehand really goes. He's got some major power there. He can also serve big in the first serve.”

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