Roger Federer admits US Open frustration following decade-long drought

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Roger Federer with US Open trophy

Roger Federer says he is aching to reclaim the US Open title after a decade of frustration in New York.

The 37-year-old was the dominant force at Flushing Meadows at the start of the millennium, winning it five times in a row between 2004 and 2008.

He looked likely to make that six times in a row in 2009 when he was one game away from beating Juan Martin del Potro before the Argentian fought back to cause a shock, and he has never been that close since.

“I still wish I could have played that match again,” admits Federer.

“For a long period I think I was not losing much, and when I came to the Open, I had all the answers for all the guys, all my opponents, all conditions, wind, you know, night, day. I really embraced everything about New York.”

A sixth title would but elevate Federer above Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras for the Open era, and understandably it’s something he is keen to achieve.

“Well, I mean, it would mean the world to me,” he said.

“I won the U.S. Open five times. So I stand here pretty happy, to be quite honest.

“It’s not like, ‘God, the U.S. Open never worked out for me.’ It hasn’t the last couple years, but it’s all good.”


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