In an interview to ESPN, the former world no. 1 Jim Courier commented on Roger Federer's loss to John Millman in the fourth round of the US Open. Courier believes Federer fans should not panic. 'I wouldn't consider this result a turning point.
I'd say he's still in the stage he entered when he switched to a new [larger-headed] racket and eliminated clay from his schedule,' the American said. 'The conditions were very difficult on Monday night. They surprised him a little bit.
He probably didn't expect to feel like he did...' Something surprising always happens in New York, especially when it comes to top players. Would Courier agree with this assessment? 'Yes there is, but maybe it's all driven by a Federer-Nadal jinx.
It's amazing that New York fans have never seen a meeting of those two in the US Open. Federer's recent record at the Open is surprising because the surface is playing pretty quickly. And he's had many near misses, single points that could have changed this storyline.
But here we are. Having said that, the nighttime loss to Millman was not about luck; it was about conditions.' Courier had predicted Novak Djokovic would win the title. What made him pick the Serbian as the favorite? 'Clearly, the likelihood of Millman backing up that performance against Federer is not high.
He's never even had a top-10 win before. Two things will make Novak's path easier going forward: He's gotten through the heat [he'll have a night match Wednesday], and the obvious one: He won't have to play Roger.' ALSO READ: David Ferrer: 'It will be my last US Open. Facing Rafael Nadal is a gift'