When you are 34, a 17-time Grand Slam champion with four kids and wife, sometimes tennis takes a backseat, even at tournaments.
Last night after a 64, 64 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut, Roger Federer admitted that for some moments during the day he forgot he had a match in the evening!
“For most of the day I was not even aware,” Federer said of his Tuesday evening match against the Spaniard. “I mean, I knew I had a match tonight, but I was just wandering around doing stuff with my wife and my kids. I looked at the watch and I was like, ‘Oh, I play in a three or four hours’. I better get over there and get warmed up. It’s been a while since I’ve had a match.
“I can switch it on very quickly. I only need literally like 10 minutes to really get ready for the match. Another guy needs to sit there for two hours and think about the match.”
Federer has won Cincinnati six times over his career including last year when he beat David Ferrer in the final.
Federer returns Thursday to face the Kevin Anderson-Jack Sock winner.
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