Roger Federer has played down talk of any bad blood with Juan Martin del Potro, after losing to the Argentine at Indian Wells.
Del Potro ended the Swiss star’s 17-match unbeaten start to the season with victory in the final, and the clash was not without incident.
During the match, both players sent some ferocious shots directly at each other, and the handshake after match point was noticeably brief.
Federer denied any talk of needle between the two, however, and said he has no problem with the World No 6.
“The handshake (with Del Potro) was a good one, you know, so I’m happy about how I played and how I felt afterwards,” Federer said.
“Didn’t take me a whole lot of time to get over it, to be honest, because I felt like it could have gone either way.
“Unfortunately I wasn’t on the winner’s side because maybe I have had enough luck throughout the last 14 months on my side of the court, so it’s okay to lose some.”
“So it’s okay to lose some.”
But several pundits believe there is indeed some extra spice to their rivalry. Last year, Sky Sports pundit Annabelle Croft said there does seem to be added anger betwen the two, and that it may be because of Del Potro’s strong record against Federer.
“They have a real spiciness between the two of them,” Croft said.
“Del Potro has beaten him seven times and he’s beaten him in some very big tournaments – he beat him in Basel in Roger’s home town as well and of course at the Olympics.”