Speaking on Amazon Prime, the former world No. 4 Greg Rusedski commented on Roger Federer's third-round loss to Andrey Rublev in Cincinnati. The British pundit said: “He is a little undercooked for the US Open coming up.
He’ll be disappointed to lose to Rublev. He’s going to have to look for an exhibition or a few practise matches somewhere. It is not a lot of tennis but if anybody can find a way, Roger Federer can. But his confidence can’t be too high with only two matches on the hard courts leading up to the US Open."
Daniela Hantuchova added: “We saw how tough the conditions are in Cincinnati, it is probably one of the toughest tournaments to play when you are coming from Europe because it just doesn’t get as humid over here as it does in Cincinnati.
So it is something that he maybe struggled with plus he had an opponent who couldn't play any better. I think it was a factor of a few things but to me the good sign is that he looked mentally relaxed and he was smiling on the court which was nice to see.
After that, obviously, it’s a disappointing defeat in the Wimbledon final. It is never easy to bounce back from that. He gave his best but obviously, Rublev was too good." Federer lost to Novak Djokovic in a five-set championship clash in the All England Club. He took a nine-day rest after that, and then got back to training at the gym and on the tennis court.