(August 24, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Roger Federer has seen his ranking slip this year to No. 7 coming into the US Open, a tournament he has not won since 2008.
“No. 7 I don’t think is a huge drop from No. 4, but people are going to say what they like,” Federer said. “Important is that I concentrate on my game and, you know, that the passion is there, that I work the right way, that I’m prepared, and then that I feel like I can win a tournament.”
In recent months the 32-year-old Federer has fallen to some much lower ranked players including a second-round Wimbledon loss to No. 116 Sergiy Stakhovsky. Federer has also lost to No. 114 Federico Delbonis and No. 55 Daniel Brands,
Federer could face Rafael Nadal the quarterfinals, should both men go that far. Federer appears to be excited at the possibility.
“I think it’s an exciting draw really, the section, like you mentioned with Rafa being nearby,” the Swiss said. “Plus we have never played here. I really hope, you know, from my side that I can make it.”
Federer is impressed with Rafael Nadal’s comeback.
“There were a lot of question marks when he came back,” Federer said, “especially people thought he was just going to play on the clay courts, or most of it, and just some hard courts.
“He’s playing a full schedule, and he’s had an incredible season so far. So, I mean, it’s super impressive, and I hope for him he can keep it up.”
Federer has been battling with an on and off back issue says that it’s not that bad.
“My back problem is not that major, “ Federe told media. “I just need to make sure, you know, I don’t have any bad moments in the future.
“For that, I’m trying, you know, everything by compensating, by doing a lot of exercise, the right exercises at the right time, how much is enough, how much is too much. It’s a balance I have to find, and I think I’m getting it slowly.”
Federer who experimented playing with a new racquet with a bigger head in both the Hamburg and Gstaad tournaments with not spectacular results.
“And having the bad back I had, it was just like ‑‑ I couldn’t really, you know, sort of get comfortable enough or know about it enough to be quite honest,” Federer said.
“My mind was with my back more than anything else. I’m happy that I’m playing well again. My confidence is back.
Federer who will play with his old racquet during this US Open fortnight will open his US Open against Grega Zemlja of Slovenia, currently No. 65 in the world in an night match on Monday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.