Tennis: Federer unfazed by ranking fall
CINCINNATI, Ohio (AFP) - Roger Federer heads into the US Open gaining confidence in his game despite a heartbreak 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 quarter-final loss to Rafael Nadal at the Cincinnati Masters.
The Swiss who owns a record 17 Grand Slam titles will drop to seventh in the world rankings - his lowest standing since October, 2002 - but says he's not bothered by his current position with the final major of the year due to begin on Aug 26.
"It doesn't change anything for the US Open. As long as you're either in the top four or the top eight, I think at this point that's what matters. Or you're world number one," he said.
"Rankings at this point anyway are not what leads me. It's about getting my game back on track, and that's what I'm doing well. So that's what's exciting right now, not the rankings really."