Roger Federer insists he’s had a”positive” season despite being unable to add to his own Grand Slam tally.
The 20-time key winner had looked destined for a box-office final against Rafael Nadal in what could have been the wonderful rivals’ first meeting in the united states Open but the Korean legend suffered a shock defeat in the hands of Grigor Dimitrov from the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows.
Dimitrov had taken just two sets him off, and had not beaten Federer in some of their past seven matches. Nevertheless, the Bulgarian sealed the biggest victory of his career against the 38-year-old in five places below the Arthur Ashe lights.
New from a heart-breaking loss at the All-England Tennis Club, the ending to the run in New York of Federer raised concerns if the 38-year-old will deliver on a Grand Slam title.
“I don’t have the crystal . Do you?” When he expected to win another Grand Slam title at his age, then a reporter asked said the seed.
“We know. I am hoping naturally. I think still it’s been a favorable season. Disappointing today, but I will get up, I will be all perfect.”
Federer also laid out an aggressive schedule of competitions over the next couple of months.
“Laver Cup, Shanghai, Basel, possibly Paris, London. That is the program for the time being. I really don’t know if the team have other ideas or maybe not,” said Federer. “I am delighted to receive a small break now, return to practice, reassess and attack from there.”
In four weeks, he will renew his effort to add to his own Grand Slam coffers at the Australian Open, where his title gathered in 2018.
“(I have) got to accept the losses. They’re a part of the sport,” additional Federer. “Looking forward to family time and all of that stuff, so life is all right.”