Roger Federer had his toughest test of the US Open this afternoon getting pushed to four sets by 22-year-old Marin Cilic 63, 46, 64 62 in the third round.
“Even though it was a good match, I thought it was entertaining,” said Federer. “It was fun. The crowds are amazing. That gives great motivation and inspiration to play your very best. And as long as I’m in the tournament I know I have a shot, and that’s what it’s about right now.”
With the shoulder injuries to Tomas Berdych and Marcel Granollers, the men’s retirement court hit 10 engerdering some new debate at the National Tennis Center on its cause.
Federer offered his own answer but reminded the media and fans that’s he’s out there to play.
“I’d say 50% of them [retiring players] aren’t lucky because not feeling well or getting injured or carrying in an injury,” Federer said. “Depends where that player comes from. Maybe did they overplay a little bit? Has he been playing too long with an injury already? I mean, comes out in best of five set tennis. Can’t hide it, in my opinion. Could some guys finish the matches? I’m sure, but they didn’t decide to.
“For me it is shocking to see so many retirements,” he added. “I have never retired in my whole life except once when I played against Blake in Paris, but I didn’t even walk on to the court. For me it doesn’t matter how bad I’m feeling, I will be out there and giving it a try, because you never know what’s gonna happen.”
In 973 career matches Federer has never retired. On Monday afternoon the five time US Open champion will play the winner of Juan Monaco and Tommy Haas. Federer’s admits that he’s rooting for the German.
Tommy is coming from a tough place, as well, you know, having had a lot of injuries as of late,” Federer said. “He’s just come back on tour. I think in Paris he played his first match. He’s a great friend of mine. He’s just also had a daughter and he’s enjoying life a lot. I’m so happy to see him doing well in the tennis courts. I wish I could play against him. I hope he wins. Monaco is a tough customer. You know, he works the ball like all South Americans do, and he’s got good grit and battling on every single point. It’s always physical against these kind of players. That would be a tough match regardless. I hope I play Tommy.”
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