Roger Federer shared his thoughts on Serena Williams facing Maria Sharapova in the US Open first round. The Swiss said: "I could not believe at it of course. I knew it was possible because Maria is unseeded at the moment so you know she can fall into any section of the draw, or even play a top player in the beginning but that rivalry has been quite something and Maria has not been facing Serena for quite a long long time.
It's a fierce rivalry, great for tennis and I will watch it because I will be playing after them. So I will be warming up watching it." On what his feelings are ahead of the tournament, Federer added: "Eager.
Ready. Excited. Happy. This is US Open time. I love being here and it's been one of my big goals for the season. So you are happy when it comes around. It also brings pressure on it. You also gotta walk it, so we will see what's up but I am really happy with the way I am feeling right now."
Federer will definitely cheer for the 15-year-old Cori Gauff as his management company represents Gauff. On the American, Naomi Osaka said: “She played so well in Wimbledon. Why wouldn’t she play here? This is such a great experience for her.
She obviously deserves to be here. She played well in Wimbledon. She’s super young, but ... I don’t see how it can harm her at all”.