Roger Federer: Confidence Is A Big Thing In Tennis, I Have It Now
by Tom Gainey | October 5th, 2014, 3:18 pm
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Roger Federer is focused on a strong finish to what has been a rebound 2014 season. After struggling last year, Federer enters the final stretch of the season leading the tour in match wins (56) and in the hunt to finish the year No. 1. And he’s got a chance at his first Davis Cup title.

“I think confidence is a big thing in tennis, and I have it now,” Federer said in Shanghai Sunday. “Clearly there’s a bit of a reset now, because after Davis Cup I needed a rest. I took a vacation. I practised hard to get back in shape. I have a good chance to do well here in Shanghai now because it’s a one off event.”

Federer will return to what is a deep Shanghai field which features 17 of the Top 20 players. It’s also a tournament he’s never won, though it’s a recent addition to the 1000 series.

“Of course, the wish is to win the tournament here,” said Federer. “I’ve never been able to win it other than the Masters Cup here, but never when it was a Masters 1000. That is the goal, no doubt about it. I feel my game is good enough now, but the field is very strong. Tough draws for all the top guys. A lot of guys are fighting to get into the race for the World Tour Finals in London, so there’s a lot of pressure on many of the guys.”

Federer also has his eyes the year-end finals in London, an event he’s won six times.

“The World Tour Finals is huge for me, a big goal,” Federer said. “It’s what I wanted to qualify for. It’s where I’ve played so well in previous years. It’s always been a very special event for me throughout my career, ever since I qualified here [in Shanghai] in 2002 for the first time, I guess.

“Now you have the younger guys coming through, making a name for themselves. I always knew it was going to be a big year for some of the players, like Raonic and Nishikori and Dimitrov. I think it’s going to be interesting to see who is going to qualify now, and also next year, if they can take the next step and get into the top five, top two maybe at one point, because that’s clearly a different animal than just getting into the Top 10.”

Federer opens play Wednesday in Shanghai against either Di Wu or Leonardo Mayer. Depending upon results, Federer could return to the No. 2 ranking a week from Monday.


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17 Comments for Roger Federer: Confidence Is A Big Thing In Tennis, I Have It Now

Hippy Chick Says:

With everything hes achieved in tennis,one cannot believe Rogers never won the Shanhai Masters?….


Brando Says:

I do not root for Federer at all but I have to say:

The biggest thing I admire about him is his unabashed self confidence. Now some might confuse that with ego but arrogance but really it is not.

This guy is one those rare guys who even when cops a butt whooping he’ll still turn around and say believably:

Well i’ll get him next time as I know it’s my racquet!

And you’ll believe him since he has so much faith in his game and his talent justifies it.

I do not think he’s anywhere near him in personally but on this front-self confidence- he does remind me of Muhammad Ali.

He is a very interesting contrast to Rafa in that sense since Rafa does not really operate in this manner at all. Sometimes- as a seasoned fan- it’s really hard to even gauge his confidence level. Yet with Fed:

Confident all the time!


Humble Rafa Says:

Now some might confuse that with ego but arrogance but really it is not.

I respect your opinion. You see it as self confidence, Humble sees it as arrogance. I am glad you have open eyes, unlike some others in forum.

You are on your way to greatness.


NK Says:

“Of course, the wish is to win the tournament here,” said Federer. “I’ve never been able to win it other than the Masters Cup here, but never when it was a Masters 1000. That is the goal, no doubt about it. I feel my game is good enough now, but the field is very strong. Tough draws for all the top guys. A lot of guys are fighting to get into the race for the World Tour Finals in London, so there’s a lot of pressure on many of the guys.”

Where is the so-called arrogrance in anything Federer says here? HR is pathetic…he never has had the simple courtesy to say anything nice about Federer…ever! I find no humor or maturity in his mocking posts.


skeezer Says:

@NK,
Re; HR…
Agreed. Apparently Tennis X thinks it (he/she)contributes something here. Cause these posts are an everday occurance. Frankly, I don’t see it either. It ….just mocks Tennis, the players and posters. Funny? Maybe to some.
But Mockery? More like it. Bigger question is, does this promote discussion of the game?
There is funny, and then there is mockery of the game and players. Hope Tennis X realizes it. There call……its there site.


Dc Says:

@ humble Rafa
in this article fed has only talked about himself and that is what he mostly does. There is a difference between arrogance and confidence – read below – it’s chance to enlighten yourself and perhaps change your name.
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A confident person is one who knows he has certain areas of strength. The same can be said about an arrogant person. But the difference lies in the fact that this or that ability is used to look down upon others. Arrogant people can be seen at all places. They are those who think less of others or someone in their surroundings. These are people who can be seen correcting flaws of others or showing them the right way of doing things.

Read more: http://www.differencebetween.com/difference-between-confidence-and-vs-arrogance/#ixzz3FKp6C4jV


Michael Says:

Well the top most priority for Roger would be to win the Davis Cup for his Country which surprisingly he has never managed to achieve in his career. Now Swiss are in the finals, it is a golden opportunity but with France as the opponent, it is going to be difficult. But with Wawarinka as his companion, I think he can atlast do it.

And coming to Shanghai, I think it is going to pretty difficult for Roger considering the best are in the field including his nemesis Rafa. Novak too is oozing with confidence after his Beijing win and must be raring to go. Also the fact is that he has never managed to win before and that must be playing in his mind. But despite all these negativities, the one positive thing is that Roger has confidence and optimism that he can do it. That might perk him up psychologically and that would mean a lot. Let us see how things transpire from here on ?


RZ Says:

Stay confident Fed and win (although I won’t be upset if a loss comes against Murray)


jane Says:

there have been times in recent years where fed’s confidence seemed to falter. however, the new racquet as well as bringing edberg on board both seem to have given him a renewed sense of direction and confidence. it’s been very interesting over the past year to see how his game has evolved, with him coming forward so much. you could see it during wimbledon but also canada/cincy. it seems likely that he and stan will secure that davis cup which would cap off a successful year for both, regardless of what happens between now and then.


SG1 Says:

Federer has never looked at tennis as a job. He has genuine passion for the game. By the time Sampras had reached his late 20′s, he was ground down by the stress and the travelling. Federer loves every aspect of the life. I think it’s why he always seems so upbeat and energized.


Brando Says:

@SG1: great post and I completely agree. Fred’s enthusiasm for what he does is truly astounding. I’d Nadal to that also: winning a Slam in every calendar year for 10 straight years and still have the attitude/work ethic of a hungry new upstart just leaves me astounded. I think this maybe the thing I most admire about Federer and Nadal and may even be the reason why they may end up as the 2 most successful Tennis players of all time: their love for the game, their desire to succeed, overcome challenges and all the while retaining a defiant ambition to achieve records that others really would not even dream of doing so is beyond astounding! You can never achieve as much success as Federer and Nadal, the scale of their success, the time span of it without being seriously passionate about what they do. They both have my equal respect on that front.


madmax Says:

Hippy Chick Says:
With everything hes achieved in tennis,one cannot believe Rogers never won the Shanhai Masters?….

October 5th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Hippy,

Roger has won this tournament, but it was under a different name then, I think in 2005.

Brando,

You don’t like fed. We get it. If any of our professional athletes weren’t confident, why bother believing in your own ability.

I don’t buy into Rafa’s “humbleness”. He should also stop his whinging. All the time. All I ever hear is about his injuries. It is becoming ever boring listening to his press statements recently.


Hippy Chick Says:

Madmax ok then didnt know that,im not after an argument,had enough of that to be honest….


Hippy Chick Says:

Madmax without interfering though,i believe what Brando is saying is a compliment to Roger rather than an insult….


Brando Says:

@Hippy Chick:

Thanks for correctly acknowledging my intended compliment to Fed in above posts. I thought it was obvious to see but quite clearly not.

@Madmax:

Wow if that’s what you gauge from my only 2 posts in this thread. No response to that other than ‘wow’ on your interpretation of those posts.

Re Nadal:

”All I ever hear is about his injuries. It is becoming ever boring listening to his press statements recently.”:

Friendly suggestion:

Just do not read them at all then. I do not think anyone is obligated to read them, and if they bore you then I fail to understand why you choose to read them. Especially when he’s not a favourite of your’s.

The mind boggles at that one.

And who knows:

Maybe some get tired of continuously reading about Rafa being a whinger when-let’s face it- that’s all the accusation throwers do about him on here:

Whinge!

Could it be the accusers are the real whiners and not a individual who merely answers the questions of the press, the plot thickens…………


Steve 27 Says:

I expect Federer “tanking” the WTF to prepare for the Davis Cup final like Nole did in 2010. To win the Davis for your coutry will add even more legacy to his remarkable career.


Okiegal Says:

Some Fed fans aren’t practicing what they preach, obviously. I was called out a while ago for saying that Fed was an arrogant spoiled brat…..which has been duly noted on more than one occasion by lots of people…..not just me. Now we are reading from the same accuser and he’s doing the same thing…calling Rafa a whiner, an excuse giver coz of injuries……pot calling the black…..again! Fed fans can take their shots at Rafa, but not vice versa……just saying….

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