Roger Federer managed to give his defeat a place in the Wimbledon final in a very homely way. The Swiss has been able to change his mind during a caravan holiday with his family and is ready for the US Open again.
38-year-old Federer lost the final to Novak Djokovic on the holy grass in London in a true thriller. The twenty-fold Grand Slam winner lost some match points and saw the Serbian win the decisive tiebreak in the fifth set.
World number three then took a vacation and last week played his only preparation tournament at the US Open in Cincinnati, which he hopes to win for the sixth time. Federer plays Flushing Meadows in the first round against the Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal.
The holiday did him good, he says to the BBC . "I have not felt so good in years leading up to the US Open. That gives me confidence. Also because of the way I played at Wimbledon."
Roger Federer had a hard time after his defeat in the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"I should not be too hard on myself"
Immediately after his defeat at Wimbledon, the Swiss went with his wife and four children into the Swiss countryside, with caravan and all. "I had a hard time, but actually had little time to think about all my missed opportunities. I was at the same time setting the table and organizing activities for my family. "
"Of course I occasionally thought back to things that I could have done differently, but then you sit with a glass of wine in your hand and talk to your wife and you think:" The semi-final was pretty good and the final actually "You go through certain phases."
Federer needed a few days to sort everything out. "In the end I played well on clay and the same goes for grass. I don't have to be too hard on myself. Those are things that will help me here in New York."
In Cincinnati it turned out that Federer's form is not yet optimal, as he went down in the third round against the Russian Andrey Rublev. "Maybe I needed that, just to turn the button and train hard. I feel completely ready now."