Roger Federer says he is refusing to be too hard himself as he looks to bounce back from his Wimbledon heartbreak at the US Open, which begins next week.
Federer will start his bid for a 21st Grand Slam title on Monday against a qualifier and on the back of major disappointment at SW19 last month.
The 38-year-old was just two points away from victory against Novak Djokovic but squandered both opportunities, allowing the world No 1 to fight back and deny the Swiss in a fifth set tiebreak.
In the days following the Wimbledon final, Federer, who has not won a title at Flushing Meadows since 2008, went off in search of the quiet life with his four children and wife Mirka in a caravan.
And the five-time US Open champion admitted to suffering from flashbacks but insisted he has the experience to cope with such a dramatic defeat.
“I struggled a little bit the first couple of days but at the same time I was caravanning with my kids so I didn’t have that much time thinking about all the missed opportunities,” Federer said.
“I was setting up tables and organising my life for my four children and driving around the beautiful countryside in Switzerland.
“Sometimes you have flashbacks and think ‘oh I could have done that, should have done that’ and then next day you have a glass of wine with your wife and you’re thinking ‘actually semis was pretty good, even the finals was very good’.
“So you go in phrases but it took maybe a couple of days to get those sort of things out of the system like it takes with everything.
“Then first couple of days back playing tennis as well you have a few flashbacks but overall I think if I look back I’m very happy I was part of such an entertaining match as well because we are in the entertainment [industry] as well.
“The crowd paid big money to be apart of this match and I was part of the main show with Novak and we put up a great fight and somebody had to win.
“Novak was the better man on the day. It was tough but I’ve been there before. I’ve had some tough losses along the way and so many great wins as well so I was just more upset rather than being sad and I thinking being upset helped me get over the final much easier than being sad, dwelling on it too much.
“I’ve had a great run through the clay, on the grass as well, that I wasn’t going to be too down on myself and I hope it is going to help me here.”
ROGER FEDERER – PROJECTED US OPEN DRAW
First Round: Qualifier
Second Round: Damir Dzumhur/Qualifier
Third Round: Lucas Pouille/Philipp Kohlschreiber/Dan Evans
Fourth Round: David Goffin/Guido Pella/Pablo Carreno Busta
Quarter-Final: Kei Nishikori/Borna Coric/Milos Raonic
Semi-Final – Novak Djokovic
Final – Rafael Nadal
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