Roger Federer: “I Just Think It’s Normal To Improve As A Player”
If you were lucky to have a some time off I hope you had a good holiday. From the sounds of it I missed some good action the last few days at the Barclays which concludes today with Roger Federer seeking a record sixth Finals title against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The now 30-year-old Federer says even as he ages he’s improving as a tennis player.
“I just think it’s normal to improve as a player,” Federer said Saturday. “Why should you move backwards, you know? Confidence is one thing, but that can be temporary and that can fade as quick as it came really. But then you have a certain base that you can always work with. I think as time goes by, as much as you practice, actually the matches make you a better player. I used to have a weak backhand. But then everybody played to my backhand. So obviously I was always going to improve my backhand eventually. I think the same thing kind of happened to many different players. I don’t think Novak’s forehand used to be a strength. Today it’s a weapon. Rafa the same thing. He used to struggle if you hit hard into his forehand. Today it’s no problem for him anymore.
“It’s interesting how you evolve as a tennis player,” he added. “For me it’s only logical to improve. But you have to have the work ethic, the professional side of things, to sleep, drink, live healthy as a tennis player, because no one else is running but ourselves. We have no substitute. That makes it extremely difficult mentally. I think the top guys have done actually really well trying to maintain that high level of play. Like I said, I have also been amazed myself how long I’ve been able to keep it up. But I’m happy my level is still very high and my body’s holding up.”
Federer also spoke about the emotions he feels on the tennis court, and even his episodes of crying.
“The emotional side I’m not surprised because I’ve always been an emotional tennis player,” he said. “I used to be so emotional when I used to lose. Then eventually, I think it was the first time in Davis Cup against the Americans after winning singles, doubles, singles, I was so exhausted, the pressure left me, I think I had tears in my eyes after winning. It was the first time I had winning tears.
Ever since, I’ve had many of them. I’ve been an emotional player when it was all said and done really. But I try to keep my emotions in check while the tournament is going on because I feel like I need to save it in case there is something more. Can’t be an emotional rollercoaster throughout the whole career, season, or match.”
Later today Federer will bid for a third straight Sunday win over Tsonga in the final match of the ATP season in London.
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