Roger Federer is no Tiger Woods. Federer’s long stretch of unmatched brilliance in tennis’s Grand Slam events may have coincided with Woods’ dominance in golf, but Federer’s return to form puts him in far better position than his golfing contemporary. Woods and Federer both started to give way to younger players in recent years, but Federer nearly won Wimbledon this July and made it to six other finals in 2014. He’ll come into the final major of the season, the US Open in New York, poised to compete for the trophy.
But first Federer is competing in Ohio this week at the ATP Cincinnati Masters. The five-time champ in Cincinnati isn’t taking anything for granted, despite his recent good play. He admits things have gone well for him of late–probably better than expected–but says “the fear is always there from the first rounds regardless of how you approach a tournament.” His old friend Tiger knows more and more about that. Roger deals with the fear quite well.