Despite all his titles, all his wins and his runaway No. 1 finish, Roger Federer says he won’t change his approach to tennis just because of Novak Djokovic.
Rafael Nadal? Maybe. But not Djokovic.
After losing the to Serb in the ATP Finals 63, 64 yesterday, Federer explained.
“For me personally, not really,” Federer said. “Because I feel like I need to work on my overall game that is going to have an impact against most of the players. For me, Rafa is the unique player in the field. I used to work more precisely towards him.
“With Novak, it’s more straightforward. If you don’t play very well, you’re going to have a hard time. If you’re going to play better, I know I have my chances with my game.”
The 34-year-old Federer went 4-1 at the ATP Finals, reached a record 10 final and finished the year as the oldest No. 3 after winning six titles.
“I’ve got to keep pushing forward,” Federer said of his season. “Got to keep practicing hard, being serious about all the things I do. Now rest, recover, enjoy my family, my wife. Just have a great time there. Then once I get back to practice, the gym, enjoy that part as well, which I do. Thankfully I found a way to embrace that part as well over the years
“I think this year had a lot of great things in my game. How I’m able to play at net now, how I’m moving and feeling at net in particular is a great thing to have. Then my serve has been really working very consistent, very well throughout the year more or less. Maybe if I can just get that to work slightly better at times, that would be incredibly helpful. I’ll work on that as well.
“Clearly, you want to be fit and fast on the court, on your feet. That’s the key today. If you look at the matches that are played at the very top, Novak is a great example. I don’t want to say it’s all about movement, but movement bails you out of a lot of tough situations.”
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