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Continuing what he termed “a magical summer for me,” Federer earned his first individual Olympic medal. Then he showed he can still turn up big on hard courts, winning a record-equaling 21st career Masters title last weekend, holding serve throughout the tournament and beating Djokovic in the final.
“Come the U.S. Open, I hope this will have given me the confidence to go there and believe in myself a bit more than I have in the past,” Murray said at the Olympics, “and give myself a shot at winning there.”
“It is interesting, obviously, that three different guys have won three different majors this year, plus Andy the gold,” Federer said. “It definitely sets a great tone for the U.S. Open, there’s no doubt about that.”
At the very least, Federer is firmly back at the forefront.
“Putting my pure fan hat on: He’s one of the greatest of all time. It’s not only the quality of his play; it’s how he represents our sport on the court and off the court,” WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster said. “He’s just one of those athletes that we’ll all look back and say how blessed we were to have been able to see him perform at the highest level of our sport that we’ve ever seen, and for such a long period of time.”
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AP Sports Writers Rachel Cohen, Rick Gano and Steven Wine contributed to this report.
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