Roger Federer: I Think My Game Is Coming Back, I’m Already Looking Forward To 2014
by Tom Gainey | October 7th, 2013, 2:36 pm
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Roger Federer told the press in China that after a rough summer he feels his tennis game is on the rebound and adding that he’s “pumped up” to play Shanghai.

“It’s one of those things you just want to move on from,” said Federer of his disappointing run of late. “I think my game’s been coming back, which has been very important. Now it’s about staying positive and working hard every single day, that’s been the mindset.”

Now ranked in 7th in 2013 points, Federer knows he’ll like have some work to do to qualify for the London Finals next month.

“It was the goal at the beginning of the season to qualify for [London],” he said. “I consider it the absolute best of the best tournament out there, so I want to be part of that. It’s extra motivation for me to play well and be part of that great tournament.”

Federer has just one title on the season in Halle and at 32 is struggling to beat his main rivals. This year the Swiss has just a 1-6 record against Top 10 players and hasn’t made a tournament final since Halle in June.

He’s also had back issues and has experimented with different racquets.

“I always knew that this year, after a very tough year in 2012 [and] the Olympics, was going to be a bit of a more quiet year,” he said. “I expected myself probably not to be as successful and as busy playing matches and tournaments.

“My mindset now is [that] next year is going to be a great year again where I’m not going to have that many points to defend, especially at some very key moments where I consider myself a favorite. For that reason, I’m really looking forward to 2014 already.”

In his first match since losing to Tommy Robredo last month at the US Open, Federer begins his bid for a first Shanghai title against the Lleyton Hewitt-Andreas Seppi winner on Wednesday.

And earlier today after a doubles win, he was in a joking mood on twitter even revealing a nickname for his partnership with Zhang Ze.


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20 Comments for Roger Federer: I Think My Game Is Coming Back, I’m Already Looking Forward To 2014

Perfect fan Says:

Allez roger !! :-)


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

I didnt actually know that both Roger and Rafa,had never won the title in Shanghai,Rafa im not surprised about,but i am a little surprised that Roger has never won the title.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Perfect Fan i must say that you live upto your name,you love Roger,but your always very respectful of the other player too.


Perfect fan Says:

roger did win here before on this surface….but then it was the masters cup (old WTF)….but since 2009, it got converted to ATP 1000 Masters….and from then onwards the champs are davy(’09), andy(’10 & ’11) and nole(’12).


Perfect fan Says:

thanx Alison :-)

who’s ur pick for shanghai?? mine is delpo (no sh!t, I mean it).


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Perfect Fan could be Delpo he looked very good this week,i cant see past Nole to be honest,im hoping for a surprise,and to see Rafa bounce back and win his 1st Shanghai title.


Perfect fan Says:

Rafa can definitely win it….the only hurdle cud be his own motivation….if he seriously is tired mentally (as he said in the presser), that cud be the decider.

Nole is looking awesome though….no probs in reaching final. There I feel, he may lose either to rafa(if motivated) or to a determined delpo…..JMO.

But TBH, I’m happy for nole to have won in beijing….that too beating rafa and there is every chance he cud go on a rampage this fall as he did last year.

plus, I m curious about fed’s perf….its exciting times in atp, here on :)


SG1 Says:

Someone call Sienna. The slide has finally stopped by decree of the Maestro himself. I wonder if Djokovic, Murray or Rafa will read the memo.

Roger needs to talk less and win more.


gannu Says:

denial denial utter denial…just wondering….this is false optimism…i mean he should be kidding..how can he say his game is coming back..? based on some practice sessions with the two loser coaches annacone and luthi???

The first step in coming back is to realise where you are…unless that happenes its going to be downright misery for both him as well as his fans…2013 has been the WORST and i hope 2014 is better as a fedex die hard fan…


queen Says:

Fed still considers himself a favorite at some events…I don’t think anybody would bet money on him these days.


The Great Davy Says:

I also look forward to 2014, there will be many half-week vacation to the maldive. While Roger spends on useless coach team..


Michael Says:

I think Roger here is exuding unbridled optimism and is a picture of confidence. He has commented in a similar fashion many times during this year. But unfortunately for him, his deeds at the courts is not matching with his words. I believe Roger when he says that he is working quite hard to rediscover the magic of his hey days. Nevertheless, that rampaging form which has taken him to a legendary position in Tennis is deserting him and he is today looking as a pretty ordinary player and is relegated in the league of a journeyman. I am not sure if this time it is going to be any different. Nonetheless, let us for the sake of Roger, hope for the best and hope that he rediscovers that magic touch.


Steve 27 Says:

His ranking would be between top 5 and top 10. Age does not spare anyone, especially a high-level athlete.


I Love Tennis Says:

As Roger said, he don’t have much to defend come 2014. Being rank between 5 to 10 is fine, he’d been to the top for too long, and it will be a shame really if at 32 Roger is still the top guy while Nole, Andy and Rafa are all on their prime. Just hoping that 2014 will be a really good year for Roger, a big bonus if he can win a grand slam.


hawkeye Says:

Many Fed fans are being too hard on their guy.

Indoor season is here (apparently Roger was given his own personal remote control for Shanghai’s roof as part of his appearance contract).

Rejoice! The Fed is back where he belongs!

He will do well, no? I see a breadstick for Nole in the QFs.

Have faith!


The Great Davy Says:

My hair is coming back faster than his game.


hawkeye Says:

Davy, Rafa will have your Agassi doo before too long, no?


SG1 Says:

If Federer has another year like the one he just had, I say he hangs it up at the end of 2014.


skeezer Says:

^agree

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