Men’s Tennis: Federer upbeat ahead of US Open

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Roger Federer says his confidence has returned ahead of the US Open and is also feeling in good shape following some injury problems.

Federer has slipped to seventh in the world rankings after winning just one tournament this year, while he disappointed at Wimbledon when crashing out in the second round to Sergiy Stakhovsky.

On top of his disappointing form and injury concerns, Federer had also been testing a new racket with a bigger head in tournaments in Hamburg and Gstaad.

Testing has been put on hold for now and after showing glimpses of good form in Cincinnati last week, where he made it to the semi-finals before losing to Rafael Nadal, he is feeling good ahead of Flushing Meadows.

“At times I was playing a lot having it in the back of my mind, and that has definitely affected me sometimes with my movement, just trusting the movement, trusting my play, and actually not being able to really focus on the point-for-point mentality that you want to have,” he revealed.

“So now I can really say I’m just focused on the point for point. I’m happy that I’m playing well again. My confidence is back.”

Federer begins his US Open campaign when he takes on Slovenia’s Grega Zemlja in the night session on Arthur Ashe on Monday.

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