Roger Federer: The Loss To Rafa Was Still A Good Step In The Right Direction
by Tom Gainey | August 18th, 2013, 10:44 am

Roger Federer is taking the positive from his thrilling three set loss Friday night to Rafael Nadal at the Western and Southern in Cincinnati.

Playing some of his best tennis in a long while, Federer had won the first set and was even with Nadal through the second until the Spaniard gained control to win 57, 64, 63.

Federer, who had slumped badly since his Halle title, said he is encouraged by his performance heading into the US Open.

“I’m happy with my progress along the way,” said Federer Friday night. “Could have won tonight, should have won tonight, who knows? But at the end, I think Rafa’s confidence and the way he’s playing at the moment got him through. So for me, I think it was a good step in the right direction. My mind’s already totally geared into what I’m going to do tomorrow, next day, and the following day, and, you know, looking ahead at the US Open. So I’m excited about the next sort of ten days.

“I know my body’s fine and my mind’s okay, so that’s two good things looking ahead,” he added. “It wasn’t a bad performance, so I can definitely take more things away from this week than I could for the last sort of three months. So I’m happy about that. That sets it up nicely for me for New York.”

Federer’s ranking won’t be as happy. With the defeat the Cincinnati defending champion will lose those points and slide to No. 7 in the Monday rankings, a low he has not seen since the end of 2002!

“It doesn’t change anything for the US Open,” Federer said referring to his ranking drop. “For after that, as long as you’re either in the top 4 or the top 8, I think at this point that’s what matters. Or you’re world No.1. So rankings at this point anyway is not what leads me. It’s about getting my game back on track, and that’s what I’m doing well. So that’s what’s exciting right now, not the rankings really.”

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9 Comments for Roger Federer: The Loss To Rafa Was Still A Good Step In The Right Direction

tennismonger Says:

Great positive attitude & it has served him well.

His performance will likely exceed his seeding @ Flushing Meadow.

Giles Says:

Stick with your old “bat” fed!! Lol

nadalista Says:

RT @PseudoFed: “I’m really getting fed up with tennis at the moment. Does anybody know if there are any vacancies in any other sport? #resume”

Humble Rafa Says:

RT @PseudoFed: โ€œIโ€™m really getting fed up with tennis at the moment. Does anybody know if there are any vacancies in any other sport? #resumeโ€

He doesn’t have to look far. Women tennis is in pretty bad shape. Well never mind, he might get slaughtered by the Big Lady.

skeezer Says:

Rooster Rafafanatics posting. Big talk, little weenie.
No surprize on the site. And the Fed pissing….predictable. To the “T”….

No matter, won’t change 17!

The TT conversion is complete. Enjoy Tennis X…

Michael Says:

Roger played the best Tennis I have seen from him for a long time, but still it was not enough against a rampaging Rafa. May be the 2007 version of Roger would have done the job. It is just a conjecture and opinions might differ. But it was a huge positive for Roger and a booster for him ahead of the US Open. Roger needs to buck up fast as he needs to quality for the World Tour Finals. Only a semi/final performance at the US Open can draw him closer to qualification. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

SG1 Says:

Have to be careful about taking away too many positives from a loss. It’s kind of like saying you went 12 rounds with the heavyweight champ but lost. These kinds of results can easily be over valued. I don’t know how Federer will do at this USO. Going back to the old racket will definitely re-instill some confidence for him. Winning a few rounds at the W&S will help too. I don’t see him struggling in the first and second rounds. After that? Who knows? Fed’s not having a good year so he could bomb out or have a good run. Nice to have the kind of talent that can allow you to suddenly play sublime tennis.

Okiegal Says:

Rafa is in Roger’s head…….does that sound familiar????

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