Roger Federer fumes ahead of US Open: ‘It’s a bit of a joke’
ROGER FEDERER has slammed the distribution of ATP points at Grand Slam events.
Federer is only defending 360 points at US Open over the next fortnight because of his quarter-final exit to Juan Martin del Potro last time out.
The world No 2 is hoping to close the 2,960 point gap to Rafael Nadal but the draw has thrown up some tricky fixtures.
A potential last-eight showdown with Novak Djokovic could await Federer - and a defeat would likely see him finish the year second in the standings.
So Federer has called it a “joke” that he will get substantially fewer points than a player who may only record two wins more.
"I know, in terms of points compared to the winner, it's a bit of a joke,” Federer said.
“360 to 2,000 points, but I don't think Novak and myself are playing for ATP points, per se.
The world No 2 is hoping to win his 21st Grand Slam title (Image: GETTY)
“Either it's No 1 or nothing. So the draw, it is what it is, and I've got enough stuff to worry about anyway in the earlier rounds.“My focus is the first round. Nothing else.”
Meanwhile, Federer has tipped world No 4 Alexander Zverev to finally break his Grand Slam hoodoo and advance beyond the last eight with the help of his new coach Ivan Lendl.
“I'm a big believer in Sascha, and I know him very well,” Federer added.
"I think he's going to be incredibly successful, regardless if Ivan is there or not.”
Novak Djokovic could be a potential quarter-final opponent (Image: GETTY)
Roger Federer US Open draw: What is his projected route to the final
First round: Y Nishioka
Second round: B Paire or qualifier
Third round: N Kyrgios
Round of 16: F Fognini
Quarter-final: N Djokovic
Semi-final: M Cilic
Final: R Nadal