Ahead of his first career appearance at the Brisbane International later this month, Roger Federer met with Australian press earlier this week to discuss the upcoming season and the state of his game.
Linda Pearce of the Age reports the 32-year-old Federer asserting that he’s playing better tennis now than when he first won the Australian Open in 2004!
“I always believe that I have improved over the last 10 years, you know, that I’ve not gone backwards, and I’ve been able to win (the Open) 10 years ago, so I always feel as I move forward I am a more complete player, a better player,” Federer said.
“That’s why I will always believe that I can win, as long as my body is holding up and mentally I’m really hungry travelling the world and playing matches, and that is the case right now – I’m very healthy and training extremely hard.
“Some success has come back also at the end of last year, which is quite important for me, for my confidence, because I was really in a difficult spot from Wimbledon all the way til Basel, I’d say, with just fighting my confidence and then, particularly, also my back issue. I couldn’t really train the way I wanted to for some time, and now it’s really picked up again and I think I’m really moving in the right direction.”
Federer finished the 2004 season ranked No. 1 after seven titles (3 Slams) and a 74-6 record.
Now ranked No. 6 after going 45-17 on the year, Federer hopes to carry his late season momentum into better, bigger results in 2014. “It’s just important for me that I play better against the top guys. It’s not been bad this year, but I just didn’t land enough wins, so that’s something I want to improve for this year.”
In Brisbane, Federer will be joined by Lleyton Hewitt, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, Sam Querrey, Kevin Anderson and Gilles Simon when the tournament begins on December 29.
Federer will then play a special one-night exo against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Rod Laver Arena on January 8.
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