Roger Federer is understandably full of confidence heading into an important month of Masters 1000 events starting with Indian Wells this week.
“These two Masters 1000 are important to me,” Federer said yesterday. “I had amazing trips here, winning back-to-back. Those were really good times back then. I’m keeping up the hard work and we’ll see how things are going to go. The most important thing now is that I’m playing consistently well in practice and in matches.”
After his big win last Saturday in Dubai, Federer sounds ready to continue what has been a very positive season thus far.
“It’s nice beating Novak, but for me what stands out is winning a tournament and holding a trophy in my hands,” Federer added. “It was an added bonus to beat him on a hard court. He’s had a great last six months or so. This was a big win for me. So was beating Berdych. He’s been having a great season so far. It’s nice to win and beat so many Top 10 guys now in two months.”
Ranked 8th, Federer lost in the quarters last year to Rafael Nadal and didn’t play Miami, so he has room to improve his ranking if his does return to Florida.
During a busy off season, Federer changed to a larger racquet and added Stefan Edberg. And with the back healed he was able to train to his maximum level.
“I’m happy to see the hard work is paying off and the decisions I made midway through last year were the right ones,” Federer said. “I am playing nicely now and pain-free, which is the goal. Winning cements that feeling. It’s more fun and it gives me confidence. It makes me more eager to play more and win more.”
Federer, a four time winner at Indian Wells, will Paul-Henri Mathieu in his first round match.
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