Roger Federer is logically very disappointed after his surprising elimination in the quarter-finals of the US Open. The 38-year-old Swiss, who went down in five sets against the unplaced Grigor Dimitrov, is nevertheless not going to give up the hunt for his 21st Grand Slam title.
Federer had excellent papers to reach the last four at the US Open for the eleventh time, but back problems broke him up. 'King Roger' saw another chance for a Grand Slam title to go up in smoke after losing the Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic in July and stranded one month earlier at Roland Garros in the semi-finals.
"Do I think I will get even more chances to win Grand Slams? I don't have a glass ball," said a disgusted Federer at his press conference in New York. "We will never know, but of course I hope so. I am disappointed now. But I will get up again and everything will be fine."
Federer mainly made too many unnecessary mistakes against Dimitrov (sixty) and did not deal efficiently with his obtained breakpoints. After the fourth set he had lost, he left the job to be treated for back complaints.
"I needed some care to crack my muscles and loosen up a little," said five-time US Open winner Federer. "That way, I hoped it might go a little better. This was clearly the Grigor game and not my body, so it's the way it is."
Roger Federer congratulates Grigor Dimitrov. (Photo: Getty Images)
Federer sees defeat as a missed opportunity
Due to the abandonment of Novak Djokovic in his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka, Federer could only have hit a higher ranked player in the final (Rafael Nadal). The number three in the world should have taken action again on Friday and he realizes that he has missed a good chance.
"I was in the lead and knew that I would get two days of rest. It looked good, but I was unable to keep that lead. That is disappointing and a missed opportunity, because I really felt that I was good at it was playing. This is also part of it. I'm looking forward to spending time with my family now. "
Federer's last Grand Slam title dates from January 2018 when he won the Australian Open. With twenty Grand Slam titles, the former number one in the world can still call itself a record holder, although close attacker Nadal can reduce the gap this week to one.
The 33-year-old Spaniard is on eighteen Grand Slam titles, two more than Djokovic. Nadal will compete for a place in the last four against Argentinian Diego Schwartzman, who is placed 20th. The other quarter-finalists are Matteo Berrettini and Gaël Monfils.