"Well, I definitely I guess played better after that," Federer said. "But then again, the first seven games all happened very quickly. I think the biggest difference was the wind. It was quite windy when we got out. When we came back, basically it was gone. It also felt quite different because the wind has that effect of air-conditioning a little bit for the players; whereas when it's not windy you really feel the humidity and the heat. So I think that was a big change. The court might have played a little bit slower because of it cooling off from the rain."
Federer, soaked enough that it looked like he had just freestyled the East River, won his 70th career match at the US Open, but it's really about what he's doing this season.
He's now 12-1 in his past 13 matches and very much looking like the player who will emerge from his half of the draw. Federer has already reached a tour-best eight finals and leads the ATP with 53 match wins.
And he owes it all to his feet.
"Yeah, it's been good for a while now," Federer said. "I think especially now it's been really excellent the last three matches here at the US Open. I feel very explosive, quick. The coordination is there, as well. I feel like I've gotten used to the hard courts by now. It's really working well."
So well, in fact, that some might think it's 2004 all over again.