Roger Federer spoke about how the US Open speed surface is going to look like. The Basel native, who had delivered a bad performance against John Millman in the fourth round in 2018, said: "I heard rumors that it was not going to be as slow as last year.
Because somehow people said it ended up coming up a bit too slow on the slower side. So I don't know what to tell you. I guess it's never going to be as fast as here, but I believe it's going to be just a tad bit faster than last year.
I think last year was, for a US Open, very much on the slower side." Federer also praised his opening round opponent Juan Ignacio Londero: "You know, I think he actually can play very well on the faster hard court.
He moves well, can take the ball early. He has the option to go back but maybe here it's just a tad too fast. So, no, I liked what I saw. I think he's going to have a good career, you know. He's a good fighter. I saw especially a good fight from him against Rafa at the French Open.
And even though he was down two sets to Love and a break and you think, well, you know, it's over, he kept believing and kept fighting. This is a quality I respect a lot, you know, in a player. That's why I knew it was going to be tough maybe today."