World No. 3 Roger Federer will embark on his remarkable 60th consecutive Grand Slam appearance when he steps out onto Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday afternoon in Flushing Meadows, New York. The Swiss star will begin his campaign for an 18th Grand Slam title against Australia’s Marinko Matosevic, whom he has encountered once previously on the professional tour. Check out the Federer vs Matosevic Head to Head.
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.”
Australia’s Marinko Matosevic made second round apperances in Atlanta, Washington and Cincinnati, with the exception being Toronto, where he failed to qualify for the event after withdrawing with an injury. He is coming off a second round loss to John Isner at the Western & Southern Open.
This marks the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour with Federer leading the head-to-head series 1-0. He defeated Matosevic 6-1, 6-1 in their first meeting in Brisbane earlier this year. Barring any extraordinary circumstances, this should be another relatively comfortable win for the Swiss No. 1.
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