Speaking to the media today from the Western and Southern in Cincinnati, Roger Federer revealed that most players do not like the idea of having both men and women playing at the same event.
With tournament amenities, practice courts and locker rooms often in short supply, Federer said that things can become quite cramped at these combined events, but gives Cincinnati high marks nonetheless.
More importantly, however, for Federer is his match tomorrow against Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round.
Federer leads Del Potro 6-2 but the Argentine has won the last two at the 2009 London Masters and memorably in his five set win in the 2009 US Open final.
“I thought both matches were really good, they were both really close. There was a lot on the line in both matches,” Federer said. “US Open, obviously, having all the chances was a tough one to lose. Definitely one of the bigger losses in my career I think.
“He’s gone through a rough patch and hasn’t played at all,” he added. “He’s got 15 matches since, I’ve played like 80 I would just assume. So it’s been different roads but here we are.”
Del Potro won his match Sunday over Andreas Seppi when the Italian retired down 4-1 in the first set.
“It’s special to play against Roger,” Del Potro said yesterday. “I have already beat him twice and know how to beat him. But it is not easy.”
The third-seeded Federer has won Cincinnati four times in his career but this year his only title came at Doha in January.
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