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.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) October 6, 2014
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