Friday, August 23, 2019

Roger Federer reveals how US Open plans change following Cincinnati Masters defeat | Tennis | Sport

Federer lost 6-3, 6-4 to young Russian Andrey Rublev last night in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters.

It means the Swiss star will not get to face any top-level opponent on hard court in the build-up to the US Open.

There will also be a couple of extra free days this weekend which Federer must figure out how to utilise.

And he feels that extra rest may be required before he bids for a 21st Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows.

“Also very important for me is always to see that I’m injury-free and I’m feeling good”, Federer said.

“Regardless of what the outcome of this week, I’m happy I came here, had good practice sessions.

“Look, I had two matches here and hoped it would have gone better. But the plan is always not to lose first round. The plan is always not to lose second round.

“The plan is never really to be in the weekend. It’s trying to be there. So when these kind of results happen, I don’t know what you can do.

“You walk away from it and say, like, What’s the plan? I don’t know. I just walked off the court.

“I will speak to the team about it. I will have a few more days off now, I’m sure, before the US Open.

“I worked very hard coming into Cincinnati, you know, and sort of in that little season we had since Wimbledon, so I can maybe also utilise a couple of days off.

“I’m going to train, exactly what I need to do for the Open, and that’s it.

“It’s fairly simple, keep it simple, but I’ve got to work hard.”

Federer was on course to meet Novak Djokovic in the Cincinnati Masters semi-finals later this week which would have provided much needed fine tuning ahead of the US Open.

But world No 1 Djokovic now has a clear path to trophy, especially as Rafael Nadal withdrew from the tournament after winning the Rogers Cup last week.

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