Full-strength Roger Federer out to end US Open drought

Ruben Hill
August 25, 2018

Roger Federer (SUI) serves against Novak Djokovic (SRB) during the finals in the Western and Southern tennis open at Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Federer said hoisting the trophy at Flushing Meadows was an early goal when he set out to make his name in tennis and the young guns should be boosted by the lively U.S. Open crowd.

"Last year (was) a very special year".

The U.S. Open begins on Monday. Even skipped the French for that.

"That's anyway how I felt way back when, coming to NY".

Djokovic, fresh from his victory at Wimbledon and back to his best after his injury troubles, is the bookmakers' favourite to win the US Open title ahead of defending champion Nadal, while Federer himself is happy to play down his own chances.

"So the last two years - especially two years ago when I couldn't play at all - have just been hard".

The new crop of young players are poised for a Grand Slam breakthrough and New York's bright lights could provide the inspiration that finally gets one of them over the top, five-times U.S. Open champion Roger Federer said on Friday. "It's not like, God, the U.S. Open never worked out for me".

Before 2017, Nadal had won the tournament twice, in 2010 and 2013.

The Swiss reached the final at the Cincinnati Masters last week, his only hard-court event of the summer, but he much prefers the conditions at the US Open. "But I'm happy that my level is there".

In truth, the first signs that all was not well with the Swiss emerged before Wimbledon started.

"We can't control it", Federer said. The next few days are important. How am I feeling by my first-round match? "That's what the focus needs to be, and then the draw is what it is".

Federer has continued to impress on grass but less so in NY.

"I think coming to NY, I think you get a better feel [compared to Cincinnati]".

"I really embraced everything about NY. I think that's why I rarely had bad tournaments here in NY, because I like playing here".

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