“But I felt that I could try to play one more match against Koepfer. So after the Koepfer match I already knew secretly that it would be very hard for me to come back.
“That’s why everything was clear to me. I also wanted to communicate openly and say ‘we’ll see’.
“But I already knew that it would be very difficult because I know how my body reacts and have to listen to it.
“This happening at a Grand Slam is very rare but I thought that after having played 1500 matches on the tour I don’t have to explain myself too much.
“Besides I live with the bonus that people hopefully trust me in such situations.”