What a difference a week makes pro tennis. After an extremely disappointing Davis Cup performance last weekend, Roger Federer was all smiles Sunday after winning his 71st career title in Rotterdam.
“I can’t believe how many titles already I have,” Federer said.
“I had a great mindset after a tough weekend at the Davis Cup last week, so I’m happy to turn it around right away.”
Federer’s 71 titles leads all active players, and he’ now just six victories from matching John McEnroe’s career take of 77. Jimmy Connors has the all-time record of 109.
Federer, who struggled in a 3-set win over Nikolay Davydenko in the semifinals, put on an exceptional show cruising past Juan Martin Del Potro 61, 64.
The Swiss said he credits the Davydenko with helping him find his rhythm to beat Del Potro.
“That match with Davydenko was gigantic looking back now,” Federer said. “I knew I had a chance if I got through that one. It all came together perfectly. I’ll enjoy this tonight with my friends and family who are here.
“It feels nice to come back. I think it was the right thing to do. I’m happy I made it a priority this year. I hope I can keep the momentum up going into Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami.”
During his presser, Roger also said he was hoping to play another 3-6 years on the ATP circuit. The 30-year-old Federer reminder the media that Agassi played until he was 36.
Federer’s next tournament is a “home” event in Dubai starting next Monday.
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