Roger Federer reflects on Cincinnati Masters injury problems ahead of Peter Gojowczyk tie


ROGER FEDERER has reflected on his previous injury problems which has seen hm skip the last two Cincinnati Masters.

Federer last won the competition in 2015 as he easily dispatched then world No 1 Novak Djokovic inside 90 minutes.

But the Swiss star has not had the same luck in the past two years as he has been forced to skip the tournament through injury.

Federer was extremely frustrated with not being able to compete last year but still did the graceful act of attending to explain his excuse to the tournament officials.

However, he is now fully fit and ready to battle for his seventh Cincinnati Masters title and he has explained how happy he is to be back.

“I love playing in front of the fans,” Federer said.

“I have had so many good years here in Cincinnati that it is always good to come back.

The world No 2 has not played since his shock Wimbledon defeat to Kevin Anderson (Image: GETTY)

Federer last played at the Cincinnati Masters when he won the competition in 2015 (Image: GETTY)

“I actually was here on site for 15 minutes [last year] where I had to show myself to the doctors and honestly my back was so bad.

“I struggled to get down where the doctor is but it was important for me to show my face and say sorry and then you go into rehab.

“It is nice to be back healthy this time around and I can’t wait for my match to come around.

“My family like an easy week here before we go to New York which has got such a different vibe.”

Federer is the top seed in Cincinnati following the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal.

The 37-year-old gets his campaign underway against Peter Gojowczyk at midnight tonight.

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