After beating Novak Djokovic in the Cincinnati finals on Sunday, world no. 1 Roger Federer heads into New York as the heavy odds-on favourite to win his 18th grand slam title at the US Open, which begins on Monday 27th August.
“I came here and never dropped my serve. That's the kind of reaction I wanted to see from myself. I didn't have a letdown. Even though I reached almost all goals already this year by securing a medal, winning Wimbledon, and getting back it World No. 1, it's important for me to push forward and give myself the best possible preparation for New York.”
“I rarely do crazy things before slams anyway. I feel like the work is done before so there are ways of, how shall I say, preparing maybe more physically and mentally [for] New York or the slams. And there are others where you can do it more by playing matches and a lot of practice.”
“It's is completely different atmosphere in New York. The pressure is going to be different. There will be a lot talk from here until the first ball is struck over there. I know I have a great record against guys outside of the Top 30. I would think that's who I'll face in the first round. But it nevertheless could be a tough matchup. I have to look at that match and really not a whole lot further.”
Federer is looking to win his fifth US Open title but his first since 2008.