Roger Federer defended his title in Halle yesterday for his 8th crown at the event. The Swiss, though, is still far behind the rankings at No. 2 almost 4,200 points from No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
But Federer says, if he wins Slams he can make things interesting at the top.
“No. 1 is not my focus right now, too far away of it,” Federer said. “But things can obviously change very quickly but the second half of the season I’ve got tons of points to defend myself. But if you do win Slams naturally you’re going to get closer and if you don’t win them you go further away from World No. 1. It’s pretty simple. But my focus is about just being happy and winning here now, going on to Wimbledon, you know take tournament one after another and not think too far ahead.”
Because of Federer’s so-so results in Slams, he’s down at No. 4 in the ATP Race, almost 4,300 points behind Djokovic.
The eight wins in Halle are the most Federer’s won at any event.
“It’s the first time I’ve won a tournament eight times – and overall, at one of my favourite tournaments. It was a really good match. My serve saved me a couple of times in the first set. To win here is always special,” he said.
Federer now heads to Wimbledon seeking his first Slam since his won there in 2012. But thanks to his fourth title of the season, his confidence is high.
“This week has been great when I look at the whole thing,” said Federer. “I don’t think I was broken in the last four matches I played,” the Swiss said. “It gives me confidence in the crucial moments to know my game was right there.”
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