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 completely ready for the US Open.
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 traveled with his wife and four children to the Swiss countryside with the caravan. "I had a hard time, but actually I didn't have much time to think about all my missed opportunities. At the same time, I was setting the table and organizing activities for my family."
"Of course I occasionally thought back to things that I could have done differently, but afterwards you sit with a glass of wine in your hand and talk to your wife and you think: the semi-finals were pretty good and the finals 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."