Damir Dzumhur's coach Petar Popovic takes what's positive from the Bosnia's fourth set loss to Roger Federer in the US Open second round. Speaking to Sport Klub Popovic said: "The match was great. The first set, the first four sets were a bit close.
Damir took advantage of it. Roger was uncertain in the beginning of the second set. Roger got relaxed, started playing better. He was on fire on serve but Damir had four of five chances. It was an extremely good level. Roger was a bit nervous but he is human.
The Wimbledon final is still on his mind." On the future, Popovic added: "I have a clear plan and idea. This year Damir had a lot of injuries - five, six - so he could not train on a consistent basis. His level got higher, he is going into the right direction.
He guaranteed himself to stay on the top 100 rankings, then the goal is to crack top 50. If he plays like he did recently, he can crack the top 15 in a long term future. He could get closer to the top 10." On the players who have most chances to triumph, he concluded: "Nole is definitely the big favorite, the conditions fit him.
With Roger he is the favorite, Federer can give his serve back but Nole is definitely the biggest favorite. This year Rafa is as aggressive as ever, especially on the backhand side, he hits as strong as possible and takes the ball early and shortens the points. He probably worked on it with Carlos Moya in order to be fitter and not suffer knee injury."