Five-time tournament champion Roger Federer is in Cincinnati this week hoping to defend his 2012 title. After a very poor start to the summer – three losses to players outside the Top 50 – the Swiss is hoping that Cincinnati will serve as a launching pad to bigger and better things now that his back is healthy again.
“So far so good. I’m motivated. I’m feeling better and I am entering Cincinnati with a good mind set,” Federer said in a Q&A with the Cincinnati Enquirer. “That’s, right now, it’s key. Now if I could win more matches, that would be good because I did win a title here, and that makes me think I can do something great here. As every other event, you always struggle in the first round.”
Federer switched racquets after Wimbledon, moving to a larger frame. But because of his back injury he says couldn’t properly test the new racquet, so the trial continues in Cincinnati.
“I couldn’t actually play proper tennis, get into the right routines, play the right shots at the right time, because you start compromising a bit.
“I played also Hamburg and Gstaad with it but because of the issues I had, I couldn’t even really focus on how was I feeling the ball. I was just trying to get through the matches, really. So, yeah, we’ll so how it goes. But so far I am happy with the racquet,” he told the Enquirer.
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Federer admits though, that at 32 while his passion is as strong as ever his body isn’t.
“My passion is sky-high and that’s why I’m still doing it,” he told the paper. “I love what I’m doing and I feel very fortunate that I do have this opportunity day-in, day-out to do it. But clearly I’ve played a lot of matches. I’ve played for a very long time. I feel like I just have to do more in terms of getting ready today than I ever have.”
Federer will begin his Western & Southern Open title defense on Tuesday against either 2-time finalist Mardy Fish or Philipp Kohlschreiber.
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