ROGER FEDERER can take solace from one statistic which could boost his US Open hopes.
Federer said he felt “awful” after his 6-4, 6-4 defeat to Novak Djokovic in the Cincinnati Masters final last night.
The Swiss star missed out on securing his 99th ATP tour title which would have given him the opportunity to make it a century at the upcoming Grand Slam.
However, there is one statistic which makes good reading for Federer as he hunts his 21st major tournament win.
That is because the winner of the Cincinnati Masters rarely goes on to win the US Open.
Only four times in the last 15 years has the Ohio victor gone on to claim the top prize in New York.
Home favourite Andy Roddick did the double in 2003. Federer then followed suit in 2005 and 2007.
Rafael Nadal is hoping to defend his US Open crown (Image: GETTY)
But in the last ten years only Rafael Nadal (2013) has completed the Cincinnati Masters and US Open back-to-back.
Only time will tell if losing to Djokovic is a blessing in disguise.
However, Nadal will surely have something to say about that as he is out to defend his US Open crown after winning the Rogers Cup earlier this month.
And Federer thinks the Spaniard, along with Djokovic, are the favourites to claim the next major honour.
“I’m not the favourite; they are. Rafa and Novak, in my opinion,” said Federer.
Djokovic won the Cincinnati Masters (Image: GETTY)
“I’m happy that my level is there. I just need to figure out my game, get used to different balls.
“That’s going to be just something I’m going to be working on.
“I just gotta come up with a lot of energy, and then hopefully I also have a chance after 10 years to do something special again at the Open.”