After an easy win tonight in his summer hardcourt debut, Roger Federer was asked about his thoughts on continuing the best-of-3 set format throughout Grand Slam play like the current Masters 1000 and Olympics model. The Swiss jokingly responded, “No problem, but then we should shorten the weeks. We shouldn’t make it a two-week event then, I don’t think, because then it’s like a holiday.”
On a more serious note, the 31-year-old Federer reiterated the possibility of playing the 2016 Rio Olympics with an eye on that elusive gold medal.
“I’m not putting too much thought, to be quite honest,” Federer said Wednesday night. “I don’t think it’s impossible. I definitely think it is feasible. But then again, there are so many pieces of the puzzle that need to get together for this: my personal life, my health, my motivation, everything, you know. It’s a long way. I was joking. After the Wimbledon finals I was asked the question, and I told them I could retire for three years and come back and still get ready for Rio. There is not that much in between, and four years as a tennis player is a very long time. That’s why I don’t think about it too much.”
Tomorrow afternoon Federer will meet young phenom Bernard Tomic in the third round at the Cincinnati Masters 1000.
“Obviously he likes the big stage,” Federer said of the Aussie. “He likes playing against the best players. That’s what gets
him going right now. So it’s going to be a difficult match for me, I do believe. The last time couple of times I played him,
I was able to win. I did have to work hard, and that’s kind of what I expect this time around as well. Obviously this is much faster conditions than the Australian Open, so it will play very different. It’s going to be interesting to see how he comes
out and plays.”
In addition to the title, Federer and rival Novak Djokovic in a battle for the No. 1 ranking and the top seeding at the US Open this week.
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