Roger Federer: I Think I Can Win the US Open
by Tom Gainey | September 6th, 2011, 1:13 pm
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Speaking late last night after a comprehensive 61, 62, 60 win over Juan Monaco, Roger Federer said he thinks he can win the US Open.

“I think so,” Federer responded when asked if he was playing well enough to win the US Open. “Actually in all the Grand Slams this year I’ve played really well. Australian Open I played great. I think the match with Djokovic was extremely close. The French, clearly I was right there. Wimbledon I thought I was really close as well. Here again, I’m showing good form. So it’s up to me now to get on a good run for the end of the tournament.”

If Federer is to win his sixth US Open he will have to go through Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and then possibly Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. All three players have beaten Federer in Grand Slam play.

Federer did play extremely well last night against the Argentine.

“You always play as well as your opponent allows you to play,” Federer said. “Sometimes they play differently, so it doesn’t suit you. I can see he’s a player that can give me a lot of difficulty. But today I just think I returned too well. Then on the serve I was too confident. From the baseline I had the upper hand the whole time. All in the three main areas of the game I was superior, and that made the match outcome pretty straightforward, which is nice.”


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31 Comments for Roger Federer: I Think I Can Win the US Open

Craig Says:

Big mouthed Federer is at it again !!!


Craig Says:

Federer now feels that he can beat Nole/Rafa/Murray based on his victory over a hopeless unseaded player.
Way to go Fed !!!
You are absolutely the GOAT in hyping yourself up and fool your fans and sponsors.


alison hodge Says:

@craig of couse he feels like he can beat anyone,it would be pretty pointless of him to be still playing if he didnt.


Brando Says:

@craig: wake up buddy! What else did you expect him to say? ” I expect to get to the semi finals and the roll over for novak.” he’s the record holder ofthe most grand slam wins- settling for semi finals would be mediocrity for him, and that means conformity- and champions DO NOT CONFORM!!If federer plays his absolute best I think he is better than the rest at USO for me right now. His best may not be good enough at the other slams, but here it more than is for me!


Adam Says:

@craig. dude, you serious?


Dc Says:

@ craig – you think a 16 times GS champ is playing a championship and is not hoping to win – this only proves that you are a nadal fan and fed hater.


alison hodge Says:

@dc its really annoying when some people pigeon hole rafa fans as been roger haters,yes i am a rafa fan,however i have every respect for everything that roger has achieved in his illustrious career,yeah i agree he is playing brilliant tennis,and may take the title,who knows only time will tell,but please stop taking a pop at every rafa fan,as we are not all the same.


mrmilbury Says:

I like this ‘Yes I can’ attitude. I think It’s quiet honest.
I mean, this guy has 16 Major title in his pocket. It is natural that he believes he can win US Open like any other Slam.
In my opinion it is more unnatural that someone who has won 10 Major continue to say that he is not the favourite on any surface.
This is not hype, this is belief in own strenght.


Swiss Maestro Says:

If anyone has the right to say “yes i can” it must be the guy who reached 6 straight finals here winning 5 on the trot with a 40 match streak here. why is that arrogant?

as long as he keeps wiping the floor with a top 50 ranked player in the 4th round of a slam, he has earned the right to speak.


Swiss Maestro Says:

to summarize :

Yes He Can. :)


alison hodge Says:

mrmilbury,i think thats the difference between roger and rafa,roger talks himself up,nothing wrong with been confident i suppose,where as rafa always plays down his chances,doesnt mean he isnt confident it just means that hes keeping his cards close to his chest,whatever happens rafa wont be the one left with egg on his face,rafas nobodys fool,not saying roger is,but can be a little over confident at times.


Polo Says:

That is Roger’s opinion. It does not mean it will happen.


alison hodge Says:

@polo yeah whether he can and whether he will are two very different things.


Anna Says:

After last night, I believe it too! Yowzaa Roger!
But as Alison said, whether he can and whether he will are two different things.


Anna Says:

Oh and DC, I’m a Nadal fan.


Meliton Says:

Federer might win but his chances are 1 out of three. By showing off his will he preserves most than anything else his sponsors (Mercedes, Swiss Bank, etc.)faith on him, because he well knows there is not easy to find any other player as good as hiom so easily, so he plays a wildcard saying subtle he is the best even though everyone knows his prime is over 2 years ago.


SG1 Says:

Hard to discount a five time champion on his best surface. Granted, he’s not the player he was in 2007 but there’s enough in the tank to squeeze out another major (maybe two). He beat Djokovic in Paris. He’s levelled his record with Murray too. Running into a sharp Rafa may be too big a mental hurdle to get over but if he avoids this, he has as good a chance as anybody to save his year. The talent is still there. The physical and mental commitment may not be what they once were but he’s got 3 matches left. I think he can hold it together for that long.


Michael Says:

I do not see any arrogance in Federer’s statement the way some Fed haters have put posters here. Ofcourse he is highly optimistic about his chances and any player should have that positive mindset if he is to come out successful. He has put forth his views which we might agree or disagree. But a man who has won 16 Majors, 5 World Series titles, 30 consecutive quarter final streak in slams, has every right to say what he feels and if that positive attitude is taken as arrogance and then so be it. You can never be dismissive of a Champion like Federer. He has proved time and over again in this sport. For Nadal fanatics, remember it is only Federer who was able to dislodge Djokovoic this year and not your man. Even there, Federer holds a record. I do not give any merit to Murray’s win against Djokovic just because the latter was not fit.


barry Says:

“I think so” when asked if he can win the open is not an arrogant answer, but a reasonable response that any player would make. He was not asked if he was going to win, and he did not say he would win. Anyone who would criticize Federer for that has no credibility. Michael is right on. Enjoy Federer’s last year or two as a top player, he has more class than most players, and evidently much more than many who commented above.


madmax Says:

Craig Says:
Big mouthed Federer is at it again !!!

September 6th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

What a ridiculous thing to say Craig! Do you ever read what the press people say….D’uh?

He was asked the question!:

“I think so,” _________Federer responded when asked if he was playing well enough to win the US Open___________

Question: Roger, do you think you are playing well enough to win the Open?

Roger: Well…you know…and so forth..actually no. I think I am playing crap. I think everyone here is going to beat me.

Is that what you want him to say?

It’s people like you who want to read things into what people say because you don’t understand tennis. Every tennis player wants to win! It’s kind of..er…obvious?

Roger is honest and I am glad he is feeling this way.

alison hodge, it might be that rafa downplays his chances, no one believes what he says in pressers anyway because he sames the same thing over and over, that he isn’t playing well, when he is.

I would prefer Roger’s, Novak’s and Murray’s forthright approach. You know where you stand.

Now it’s up to them to show it on the court.


pabs Says:

that’s law of common sense, yes federer can assume that he can still win the us open, he need to boost his moral instead of demoralizing himself.you can not put his 16 slams down. that’s common sense. as of now, he has 33% of winning, as he continues his winnings his chances progresses also eventually to be a CHAMPION again…


ssirf Says:

yeah wat roger said is what i am looking forward to.if you got it you got it.how can you say it is arrogance?:)
BTW roger will definitely win the USO title which i believe in


alison hodge Says:

@madmax yeah i see where your coming from,however every player male or female, has his or her own personal way of dealing with any given situation,does not mean roger or rafa are right or wrong it just means that they deal with things differently,everyone knows how great rafa,and especially roger are,they dont need to brag there tennis speaks for itself.


Anna Says:

Max – If you think Rafa says the same thing over and over in his pressers then you haven’t listened to his pressers in a few years. And why should you. You’re hardly a fan. For those who listen, Rafa is equally as honest as Roger. Most often it’s the media who decides whether Rafa is playing well or not.


madmax Says:

Really Anna? Thanks for letting me know something about myself.

I have nothing against Rafa (ask kimberley), but what bugs me Anna is that (as sean randall and others have stated), rafa isn’t always honest in pressers.

Remember the incident about his foot? when he was playing on court..was it against Muller? He said he had broken it, or thought he had broken it? How can you still play tennis on a broken foot Anna? Let alone win the match, then in the presser say what he said? Be a little fairer please. Of course you are going to defend him. But really? he is honest in pressers?

I don’t think you can say that about rafa. (may be in his own mind he believes he is, who knows?)

Murray, he says it how it is, novak the same, but rafa? not so.

That is where I am coming from and by the way, you know nothing about whether I am a fan of rafa. He is a brilliant tennis player, just not my favourite and there is nothing wrong with that.

At least I am honest and if you can’t deal with that, then don’t read what I say.

FYI, It’s madmax NOT max.


sheila Says:

interesting-federer is arrogant 4 believing in the possibility of winning uso & djokovic & murray who have also stated they think they can win uso their okay. talk about bias. y is federer always arrogant while others arent. what is federer supposed to say he doesnt have a chance in hell? hes made it very clear that tsonga is a gr8 player as well as saying he loves watching him play. i dont get people who feel federer is this arrogant ahole. hes not. he expresses his hope of winning another major. nadal expresses himself differently which he is entitled to as well as federer. i wish people would let up on what the tennis players say @ press conferences.


queen Says:

That’s great Fed. I hope you will last till semis to get rid of Novak (cannot stand this kid) and make a way for Nadal since you had more luck with Djoko this year this year than him. In the final Rafa will dispose of you. Love it. lol


Anna Says:

Madmax – Your absolutely right, “mad” is the part of your moniker that describes you best. The match you talk about was with DelPotro. In fact Rafa has a congenital deformity of one of the bones in his left foot, and he has broken that bone in the past. At the moment of injury it apparently felt to him like he may have broken it again. When the physio examined the foot on the court, he said it didn’t feel as if it were broken. Rafa played the match out inspite of the pain. Tennis players do this all the time. They play with torn ligaments, muscle strains and tears, and a multitude of other painful issues to get through a match. In fact, Rafa had done some damage to his foot in the Delpo match and it required that his foot be anesthetized for the following two matches. When Rafa was asked if he was hurt after losing the Wimbledon final he emphatically said “no”, not wanting to take anything away from Nole’s win. Seems unselfish to me, and I’m sure any player worth their salt would have done the same. We now know that Rafa had in fact damaged his foot quite badly and wasn’t completely healed for the start of this h/c season.
I’ve been reading posts on this site for two years now and I know very well how you feel about
Rafa. You’ve always seen Rafa as a huge threat to Roger, and everything in your little Pomeranian brain is based on protecting Fed’s legacy, which is funny because Roger’s legacy needs no protection. Nothing suits you better than to nip at the heels of any fan who has the least little criticism of Roger. Please, there’s nothing complicated about you. What you see as your job is really no job at all. But I’ll be happy to ignore you Max. Believe me, I mostly do.


jamie Says:

Federer is done winning slams. He will retire with 16 majors.


madmax Says:

Anna Says:
Madmax – Your absolutely right, “mad” is the part of your moniker that describes you best. The match you talk about was with DelPotro. In fact Rafa has a congenital deformity of one of the bones in his left foot, and he has broken that bone in the past. At the moment of injury it apparently felt to him like he may have broken it again. When the physio examined the foot on the court, he said it didn’t feel as if it were broken. Rafa played the match out inspite of the pain. Tennis players do this all the time. They play with torn ligaments, muscle strains and tears, and a multitude of other painful issues to get through a match. In fact, Rafa had done some damage to his foot in the Delpo match and it required that his foot be anesthetized for the following two matches. When Rafa was asked if he was hurt after losing the Wimbledon final he emphatically said “no”, not wanting to take anything away from Nole’s win. Seems unselfish to me, and I’m sure any player worth their salt would have done the same. We now know that Rafa had in fact damaged his foot quite badly and wasn’t completely healed for the start of this h/c season.
I’ve been reading posts on this site for two years now and I know very well how you feel about
Rafa. You’ve always seen Rafa as a huge threat to Roger, and everything in your little Pomeranian brain is based on protecting Fed’s legacy, which is funny because Roger’s legacy needs no protection. Nothing suits you better than to nip at the heels of any fan who has the least little criticism of Roger. Please, there’s nothing complicated about you. What you see as your job is really no job at all. But I’ll be happy to ignore you Max. Believe me, I mostly do.

September 7th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Yeah right Anna. That’s why you keep writing back. You’re so interesting. You know nothing about how I feel and your post? well, it’s obvious who you are.

Enjoy.


madmax Says:

Jamie,

perhaps but what a great career!

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