Roger Federer: The French Open-US Open Period Will Probably Decide The No. 1 Ranking
Speaking to the press Sunday in his part-time homebase of Dubai, tennis great Roger Federer remains focused on the big summer bullseye: the London Olympics. Federer gets a third shot at gold in July and the Swiss feels he’s still in prime condition to come away with the big prize.
“I’d love an Olympic gold, everyone knows that,” Federer told the Gulf News.
“I’m still in my prime to actually have a shot at not only playing in the Olympics, but to do well.
“That combination obviously drives me a lot to make sure I’m in good shape and a good position when I enter the tournament.”
Despite his ranking slip to No. 3, the 30-year-old Federer is also still hopeful of returning to the ATP’s top ranking, and the summer will be the key.
“Sure, getting to No 1 again is a long-term goal, but it doesn’t drive me on a daily basis,” he said.
“I feel that if I play really well between now and through the US Open there is a shot. But then again, there’s a shot for probably ten players to do that as well. So I’m aware that I’m not the only one.
“World No 1 will probably be decided for the majority of the players between the French Open and the US Open period, where there are so many highlights.”
Federer just won his 71st career ATP title last weekend in Rotterdam. And he finished 2011 strong winning titles in Basel, Paris and then London finals. But in Grand Slam play Federer has faltered recently. Roger has been without a trophy since his 2010 Australian Open victory.
Federer will seek a record fifth Dubai Duty Free title starting Tuesday when he plays Frenchman Michael Llodra who just lost in the Marseille final this afternoon.
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