NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer says that coming into last year's U.S. Open "I was trying to convince myself I did have an opportunity" to win.
He acknowledged Saturday that "the confidence was going away quickly."
It's back now that the 17-time major champ rolls into New York on a hot streak. Federer took Novak Djokovic to a tense fifth set in the Wimbledon final, reached the title match at the hard-court tuneup in Toronto, then won in Cincinnati.
Federer says: "You're back to winning ways again and everything seems so simple."
The U.S. Open starts Monday with Djokovic, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams among the big names taking the court.