In a press conference just a few minutes after his straight-set loss to Andrey Rublev, Roger” federer> was asked if he watched the match between Nick Kyrgios and Karen Khachanov in Cincinnati. The Australian argued with the umpire and got a $113,000 fine.
“Yeah, I watched it and I’m not going to comment on it because I’m not just really in the mood”, recognized Federer. Asked if switching from the night session against Juan Ignacio Londero to the day session against Rublev influenced his performance, the world No.
3 replied: “I mean, yes. It does anybody, but it’s just a fact. Day sessions are quick. There is a breeze. The heat makes the ball super jumpy and bouncy and fast. So that’s where you want to be good on the offensive. And if you’re seeking to look for rhythm against certain players, you’re not going to get it, just because they are able to control the outcome of the rallies.
And he’s exactly that kind of player, Rublev, where he can take the racquet out of your hand. Yeah, I mean, day sessions are always tough, you know, in North America on the hard courts, because with the heat, the ball just goes, you know.
I like those conditions, though. So that’s a pity today.” Asked if there any sort of concern of possibly not having enough matches leading into a Grand Slam, specifically the US Open in this case, Federer replied: “Yeah, I played 45 matches this year, so I think I should be fine (smiling).”