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Federer focused on US Open bid

Swiss star Roger Federer insists he is not thinking too far ahead and is just focused on getting through the early rounds at the US Open.

The 34-year-old is a five-time champion at Flushing Meadows, having won there between 2004-08 but he has struggled to make the desired impact in recent years.

The 2014 Davis Cup winner was knocked out in the semi-final last year by eventual champion Marin Cilic, losing 6-3 6-4 6-4.

The multiple Grand Slam winner is trying to become just the third player aged 30 or over to win the tournament in the last three-plus decades.

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Only Pete Sampras in 2002 and Jimmy Connors in 1983 won the men’s side of the competition at Flushing Meadows outside of their 20’s – when they were both aged 31.

Federer heads into the event on the back of a brilliant victory in the Cincinnati Masters as he defeated world number one Novak Djokovic to climb back to second in the rankings.

It means he will avoid the Serb until the final, if they both make it that far, but the Swiss star insists he is not looking too far ahead right now.

“Number two, three doesn’t really matter,” he said. “To be quite honest, I don’t think that far ahead because I haven’t been in a final since 2009 (when he lost to Argentine Juan Martin del Potro). So I’ve got my work cut out.”