Roger Federer: “Changing of the Guard Doesn’t Happen Over Three Days”
The quote in the title of this post refers to Roger Federer’s rebuttal on claims that Novak Djokovc’s Australian Open title signals that the Federer-Rafael Nadal era is coming to end.
Federer made the statement and more during a roundtable discussion with the press in Dubai on Sunday.
Federer, who turns 30 in August, also said he was planning to play through the 2012 London Olympics.
“I am already thinking of the Olympics and also what tournaments to play beyond that,” said Federer who is the top seed in Dubai this week.
Reflecting on the straight-set Djokovic loss in the Australian Open semifinal he was his customary “i’ve moved on” self.
“I didn’t spend much time thinking about the match against Novak,” he said. “I generally thought about the first month, how it had gone. I came out of the Australian Open feeling good mentally and physically.”
He went to talk about his time and a junior and his health, which for a top player has been almost impeccable – Federer has never retired in any match!
“I can’t believe it that it’s so much time,” he said. “I still feel I was playing the juniors not so long ago. Years on tour go by extremely quick because of the traveling and because of the organization and because you are looking so far ahead and it’s a fast-paced life really. And that’s why 30 to me does not feel like it.
“The challenge for me over the past year has been to stay healthy,” Federer said. “I have been able to accomplish that. I don’t have to think about what I need to do to lead a healthy life. Now I can focus on my fitness, my tennis, practice and schedule. I pretty much have the same schedule each year and I still get excited returning to tournaments.”
Seeded No. 2 in Dubai is Novak Djokovic followed by Tomas Berdych and Mikhail Youhzny at 3 and 4.
Federer, who has won Dubai four times, opens his campaign against former NCAA champion Somdev Devvarman. Djokovic will play Michael Llodra in the first round.
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