Roger Federer may have had a low-profile season by his usual high expectations, but he has issued a warning to his rivals by stating he is on the verge of something big coming into the US Open.
The Swiss star has just turned 30 years of age and has won 16 Grand Slam titles – including five consecutive US Open tournaments between 2004 and 2008 – but he has not won a major title since the Australian Open in 2010.
Failure to win the US Open will make 2011 the first season since 2002 that Federer has failed to win a Grand Slam, but he would have to pull off something special to beat Rafael Nadal and the in-form Novak Djokovic to win the title. Anyone looking to bet on Andy Murray
should remember he will also have to beat these players.
Federer reckons his season so far has been "actually pretty good" and he is starting his hard court season at the Rogers Cup in Montreal as part of his build-up to Flushing Meadow. Those planning to bet on US Open
will be keeping an eye on his preparations.
The tennis legend reckons he is measured by Grand Slam results but he feels things are looking good building up to the US Open.
"I think I'm really close to making something special happen. My game is in a good place right now," Federer said.
The big home US hope will lie on the shoulders of Andy Roddick, but he has had to withdraw from the ATP tournament in Washington with an abdominal muscle injury.
He will be hoping to recover from the partial tear in time to prepare for the US Open, but Roddick's career seems to be on the slide and he would be deemed unlikely to challenge the top four in the world in New York.