World No.3, Roger Federer is chasing a record eighth title at the Western and Southern Open 2019 in Cincinnati this week. Seeded No.3 in the draw, Roger Federer is placed in the same half of the draw with the No.1 seed, Novak Djokovic and the two can meet in a potential semifinal match.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic haven’t played a match since their finals at the Wimbledon Championships 2019 in July. The Swiss Maestro was defeated by the Serb in a five-hour marathon final after he failed to convert two match point opportunities.
Roger Federer recalled that match and hope to get back in the saddle at the Cincinnati Masters. He also aims to take revenge from Novak Djokovic after losing five-straight matches against him.
In a pre-tournament interview, Roger Federer admitted to having flashbacks of the finals at the All England Lawn Tennis Club last month. He told the reporters on Sunday, “You look back for a few days while you decompress what happened. There are flashbacks of the final, both the good moments and bad moments when you go back to the practice court.”
However, the 38-year-old revealed that those good and bad memories fade away after a couple of practice sessions. The Swiss continued, “Those usually go away after the first couple of sessions and then it’s just getting ready for Cincinnati.”
Eyeing for revenge against the world No.1, Federer said, “I can’t wait for my next rematch with Novak or my next time I can step on a match court and show what I can do. Instead of saying ‘Every thing’s bad, I hope I don’t have to play tennis ever again,’ it is really important to pick yourself up right away.”
Roger Federer further explained that the losses stay longer with you more than the wins. He continued, “The wins you don’t remember that vividly but the losses stay longer with you. Even more so the finals which are so close. I think it is important the reaction I show going forward.”
Federer said that he didn’t play tennis for 10 days after Wimbledon loss. He further added that he wished to have some more weeks off but he is happy to be here. “Wish I could have had a couple more weeks off you know and maybe practice but you know I’m not complaining… It is what it is. I’m really happy to be here,” he concluded.