After all the accomplishments and records he’s has stored away in the “vault”, Roger Federer says he’s now playing on what he calls “bonus time”, and he’s loving it.
“And now you just have to prove yourself every single day and everything that comes is like a bonus,” Federer told CNN. “I’ve been on this bonus trip for a long, long time and playing this way has actually been much more enjoyable.”
But Federer remains wary of the expectations and the shock losses that rattle his fan base.
“The fun goes away sometimes because instead of it being a lifelong dream you’ve had to just enjoy yourself and play tennis like your heroes used to, now people sort of expect you to win,” Federer said.
“Like losing in the quarterfinals … now is (seen as) a disaster. It changes the mindset of you as a player and as a professional athlete and that’s where I always try to remember, ‘Well, as long as I enjoy what I’m doing, I train hard, I have no regrets.’
“All I can do is give my best and it’s going to be fine regardless of the outcome.”
Federer this week is in his home tournament of Basel where as the No. 3 seed Monday he’ll play Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.
Federer could face Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals and top seed Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals. Tomas Berdych is the No. 2 seed.
The 32-year-old is fighting Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Stanislas Wawrinka for the final three spots in the London finals.
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