Although Roger Federer ended up lifting the unique trophy at the Western & Southern Open last Sunday, he was quite close to backing out of the tournament at the last second.
“I was considering not playing for just a day or so on Monday,” said Federer.”I need to be smart about how much I play, when I play and how I feel. So I waited for Monday, Tuesday to see how I played. In practice I felt like I was recovering quickly and gave it a go.”
His decision to play the event was a smart one, as he would run through the draw that culminated with a three-set victory over Spain’s David Ferrer to hoist his sixth title in Cincinnati.
Federer has now compiled a 44-10 record this season, as well as three titles (Dubai, Halle & Cincinnati). He also reached the finals of the Brisbane International, Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Toronto and the Wimbledon Championships. Since this season has varied greatly from his appalling 2013 season, he is swelling with confidence heading into the final Grand Slam event of the season.
“Now I come in with great confidence,” said Federer, who fell to Tommy Robredo in the fourth round of last year’s Open. “I can really rest now, rather than having to work on stuff. I can just enjoy New York for what it is and go out to the practice courts and do the opposite of what I had to do last year. Last year I went out there and did three-hour practice sessions and went for extra practice sessions after matches sometimes. That I don’t have to do. I know my game is where I want it to be. It’s about just keeping that level up right now.”
The US Open is set to begin Monday, Aug. 25. Federer is the second seed at the tournament.