Roger Federer Talks About The Nishikori-Cilic US Open Final
by Tom Gainey | September 8th, 2014, 12:34 pm

After his shock straight set loss to Marin Cilic on Saturday, Roger Federer took a few moments to talk about the two players on today’s US Open final, Kei Nishikori and the Croatian Cilic.

On these two new faces to a Grand Slam final playing for the US Open title:
I think it’s exciting for the game, you know, to have different faces from time to time. At the same time, I think people still enjoy seeing the guys they have seen for a while or often in the big matches. But I think it’s definitely refreshing to some extent. It’s big for Croatia and big for Japan I guess on some level, especially on sporting terms and tennis terms. Everybody who gets to this stage of this kind of a competition deserves to be there because they have put in the work and they hoped for the break, and this is it for both of them. I hope they can play a good final.

On who’s a bigger surprise, Cilic or Nishikori:
I’m more surprised with Cilic, to be honest, because he’s older. I think he is, anyway. He’s been around for longer, you know, but he’s really been able to make a nice transition in the last few years in his game. There is a significant difference in how he plays. Whereas with Kei I always thought unbelievable talent way back when I played with him for the first time when he was 17. Just wasn’t quite sure that in a best-of-five-set tournament if he could get all the way to the back end of the tournament. But he’s beaten, you know, myself twice already, other top guys, you know, before. He was destroying Rafa in the finals of Madrid. He’s shown what he can do, and that’s why with Kei I’m not surprised, really.

On who’s the favorite:
It’s interesting situation, you know, where you have two players who have never been in a Grand Slam final before and in a way they have nothing to lose. Who is the favorite? Nobody really knows. From that standpoint I think it’s quite an interesting situation. I think Kei played amazing tennis, you know, this tournament. And Marin now, as well. I don’t know who is the favorite really going in. That’s why you’ve got to watch it.

Federer and friend Stan Wawrinka will be in Geneva later this week for Swtizerland’s semifinal Davis Cup tie against Italy. The winners face either France or two-time defending champion Czech Republic, who go head-to-head at Roland Garros this weekend, in November’s Davis Cup final.

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8 Comments for Roger Federer Talks About The Nishikori-Cilic US Open Final

Steve 27 Says:

He was destroying Rafa in the finals of Madrid

This Federer can not forget his good “friend” Rafa Nadal. He forgets Cilic did the same with him a couple of days ago.
Forever friends from here to infinity and beyond!

Steve 27 Says:

Will Feder “tanking” the WTF, like Djokovic did in 2010, for a probable Davis Cup in November?.
The davis cup will increase his superb career even a little.
Rafa miss the WTF, Nole, the gold medal and of course RG, only Andre Agassi complete all the great trophys if we forget a couple of master series in his time.

madmax Says:

Great comments from Roger!

Roger, you do your fans proud. To reach so many semi and finals of the grand slams, even now. Continue onwards and upwards!

G Corp Says:

The other side of the story is these SF wins by Nishikori and Cilic benefited Nadal, the supposedly defending champion. Djokovic will not gain more ranking points while Federer will not add his Grand Slam count. All in favor of injured Nadal who is probably the happiest of these results. However nobody seems to take note of this.

Jack Lewis Says:

So how does any of this benefit Nadal? And why the fuck should anyone take note of Nadal today? Maybe there is a reason why nobody took note of such a non factor.
You know who benefited? Cilic. He benefited quite a lot.

Gordon Says:

Steve 27 – the casual fan reading Fed’s comments might not be aware of Nishikori’s match where he was handily beating Rafa but everyone was aware what happened Saturday.

What happened – did you lose a couple of pounds on one of those matches?

And Jack Lewis – yes, it is Cilic’s day, but I think what was being pointed out is that Rafa is still #2 in the world because of Cilic thumping Federer, meaning should the seeds prevail to the semis in Shanghai it is Federer, not Rafa who has to go through 2 of the top 3 seeds to win the tournament.

No reason to get all vulgar over that.

Viki Says:

Out of top four nobody will be happy because now two more players have the confidence to beat them and it may fire roanic and dimitrov to improve their games.Andy is also there.

Now to win a slam you have to win three tough matches and someone has to deal with andy in fourth round.

With this, i don’t think federer will win any grand slam now.

Only two players has the stamina to go through tough matches and those will be benefited the most.

queen Says:

I have to admit it was refreshing to see somebody out of the top four to battle for the championship. At the same time u sit there and think ehhhh… That could be another fedal, djokdal, fedjok, andjok, andfed….lol I would be more angry, emotionally distressed, spitting fire…well all I felt was genuine happiness for both that that made it that far.

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