WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN 2012
Federer: 'The Reaction I Wanted To See From Myself'
by ATP Staff|
Roger Federer will carry both the No. 1 South African Airways ATP Ranking and the title of Western & Southern Open champion when he bids for his 18th Grand Slam title at the US Open, which begins 27 August 2012.
The Swiss, who defeated World No. 2 Novak Djokovic 6-0, 7-6(7) to win his fifth Cincinnati trophy on Sunday, was inspired by the way he bounced back from a disappointing loss to Andy Murray in the London 2012 Olympics gold medal match.
“I came here and never dropped my serve. That's the kind of reaction I wanted to see from myself. I didn't have a letdown,” said Federer. “Even though I reached almost all goals already this year by securing a medal, winning Wimbledon, and getting back it World No. 1, it's important for me to push forward and give myself the best possible preparation for New York.”
Federer isn’t looking to work on his game prior to beginning his campaign at Flushing Meadows, saying, “I rarely do crazy things before slams anyway. I feel like the work is done before so there are ways of, how shall I say, preparing maybe more physically and mentally [for] New York or the slams. And there are others where you can do it more by playing matches and a lot of practice.”
The 31 year old is seeking his first title in New York since 2008, when he dismissed Andy Murray in straight sets to win his fifth consecutive crown at the tournament. He has reached the quarter-finals or better at 33 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.
“It's is completely different atmosphere in New York. The pressure is going to be different. There will be a lot talk from here until the first ball is struck over there,” Federer said. “I know I have a great record against guys outside of the Top 30. I would think that's who I'll face in the first round. But it nevertheless could be a tough matchup. I have to look at that match and really not a whole lot further.”