The greatest legend was talking it all in his stride. He knew he had had his chances and he knew that when those chances came, Thiem had been that little bit too good. But overall, Federer was feeling fit, playing well and he was planning on doing this all over again in Miami for the next Masters event.
“It's hard to pinpoint exactly what went wrong,” Federer said. “The return he hits on the line at 5-5, that's the one I needed, and I couldn't produce that. Why is that? You can start looking, digging so deep, and then you end up getting lost, rather than just saying, you know, he played maybe a little bit better when he really had to.
“But again, I didn't feel like I played bad, either. I had my chances. I was in the points. That's why I'm not too disappointed. I feel like he had to come up with the goods, and it did feel like to some extent it was in my racket. I just came up against somebody who was on the day, you know, a bit better when it really mattered.”
And with that, Federer was off to Miami to begin his challenge for that elusive 101st title.