Great people are tough and Roger Federer is not an exception. It was a disheartening narrow loss for Federer in the Wimbledon final. For some, it could have been heartbreaking and they would not have been able to recover from it, at least for some time. The Swiss great, however, is different, he went caravaning with his family the very next day of his loss in the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic.
”We went caravaning the day after Wimbledon and enjoyed Switzerland. I relaxed for a bit and then started practising, fitness first and then tennis after. It’s more about coming in fresh for this tournament and not killing myself during the practices.”
While it will be completely wrong to say that Federer is immune to a loss like Wimbledon final but over the years he has learnt to treat matches as individual moments. At the moment the Swiss great is looking forward to winning the Cincinnati crown for the 8th time.
”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,” said Federer. “Those usually go away after the first couple of sessions and then it’s just getting ready for Cincinnati.”
How many times Federer has won in Cincinnati?
Cincinnati has been Federer’s most successful ATP Masters 1000 event. He has won here 7 times and looks well prepared to win his 8th. The Swiss master has a special attachment to the place, he loves it here, he says:
“It’s peaceful, quiet and easy-going. We have enough tournaments in big cities, so it’s a nice way for me to start the summer, you also have these great fans who come here for the game and nothing else. It reminds me of Indian Wells in that sense, so that’s one thing which is cool about this event.”
Many players stop playing at Roger’s age (he is 38) but he is still going very strong. With 3 ATP titles this season, there is very little reason to stop for the Swiss champion. He says:
“I’ve been consistent across all the surfaces. I haven’t had a back issue in two years and was obviously happy with how my knee recovered. I don’t know how long I’m going to be playing, but I’m very happy with my level of play and it shows in the results.”