New York (AFP)
Watch out for Master's return: After digesting the historic defeat of Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final in July, Roger Federer announced Saturday that he feels in one of his best forms "for years" at the edge of the US Open.
"I feel really good, I have not felt that way for years before the US Open, so it's encouraging," said Federer, who will start his tournament Monday night.
The Swiss added to be "ready for the US Open". "It will be a difficult tournament to win, there is no doubt, but I feel that I am one of the few players who can win."
Record holder of Grand Slam titles (20), the 38-year-old Swiss star had squandered an opportunity to become even more legendary in July, during her epic final lost in five sets 7-6 (7/5), 1 -6, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 13-12 (7/3) against Novak Djokovic.
He wasted two match points in the fifth set of the final, the longest in the history of the English singles tournament (4h 57min).
This defeat continues to make Federer tick, as the champion knows he is the first since 1948 to have lost in a Wimbledon final he was one point away.
But the Swiss say they have turned the page, and now hopes to turn the frustration of Wimbledon positive energy for the US Open, he had left the fourth round last year, on a setback against the Australian John Millman .
"You know, defeats difficult to digest, I have already known, many beautiful victories, too," swept the Swiss.
"I was more upset than sad, actually," he returned. "And I think that being angry helped me to mourn this setback much more easily than if I had been sad, or if I had gone through that for days. that I lament my fate ... So I hope it will help me here, "said the champion.
The world N.3 will play its first game on Monday night at the Arthur-Ashe stadium against the Sumit Nagal Indian, N.190 world and qualifying.
"I'm not putting any extra pressure on myself, I know it's going to be complicated, and what I'm very proud of is that I've been pretty consistent over the past 18 months," said the Swiss champion.
"I've played well in Grand Slam tournaments lately, and I think the win against Rafa (Nadal, ed) in the Wimbledon semi-finals did me a lot of good. Wimbledon allows me to be full of confidence. "
The return of "Master Roger", confident and in good shape, is likely to spark.
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