Federer takes positives after US Open exit
Roger Federer says he still srates his 2019 campaign as successful overall after being knocked out of the US Open.
The Swiss superstar was dumped out in the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows by Grigor Dimitrov as the Bulgarian claimed a first-ever win over Federer, having lost all seven of their previous meetings.
Federer had been on course for a first-ever meeting in New York with old rival Rafael Nadal in the final but it now remains to be seen as to whether the duo will ever face off at the US Open.
Federer turned 38 earlier this month and it has been suggested the current campaign could be his last, although he hinted he is planning to continue beyond the end of this year and is planning a busy end to 2019 - culminating in an appearance at the ATP Tour Finals in London.
"I don't have the crystal ball. Do you?" he said when asked if he expected to win another Grand Slam title at his age.
"We never know. I hope so, of course. I think still it's been a positive season. Disappointing now, but I'll get back up, I'll be all right."
"Laver Cup, Shanghai, Basel, maybe Paris, London. That's the schedule for now. I don't know if the team have other ideas or not," he added on his plans for the rest of the year. "I'm happy to get a bit of a break now, go back to practice, reassess and attack from there."
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