Roger Federer is set to make his first appearance in Cincinnati since 2015, after withdrawing for two years in a row. Last year's forfeit was particularly tough as it came due to a back pain at the last minute. Asked if saw the tournament's improvements, Federer said: 'Last year I came really briefly to pull out, once I hurt my back in Montreal I had to come here and show myself to the doctor, I barely made it down the stairs and back up again but I did it, so I did see some of the changes but I haven't played on that court.
There is a new wing to the Centre Court. We have many more practice courts for all the players, which is very much needed and enjoyable for all the players, so they can actually practice also very well. I think the tournament is investing and they are really trying very hard, obviously the players appreciated it.' Federer won seven titles in the Western & Southern Open.
Commenting on his feelings in the event, the 37-year-old stated: 'In the beginning, it's been a hit and miss, here I lost really early, or I ended up winning the tournament so there was no sort of in between losing in quarters or semi, so there was always either early or late.
In recent times I played very consistent, I guess the surface really suits me and it's also in a good time of the year, I usually build up a lot of momentum through the grass-court season, had a break and then I come back again for the hard-courts and it's the last one push before US Open, so you want to do well, so I think that's why Cincinnati worked so well for me over the years.
I love the venue as well, people come in from all around the mid-west and they can come to watch the tournament here, so I feel like they are really tennis fanatics.' ALSO READ: Tsitsipas: 'Rafael Nadal is a beast, monster. I hope to reach his level'