Roger Federer: I’m Really Happy, I’m Healthy!
by Tom Gainey | October 10th, 2018, 10:41 am
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Before his win over Daniil Medvedev today, Roger Federer met the media Tuesday in Shanghai. The defending champion is playing his first official tour event in a month since a sweaty loss at the US Open to John Millman.

“I like this part of the season,” Federer said. “It’s always been a good season for me. Maybe conditions get faster, I’m not sure, or if there is energy left in the tank or I take, it’s helpful I have a home tournament and the World Tour Final is where it is and on the surface that it’s played on.

“But I have been very successful, so clearly I hope for something similar again this year. I always look at the draw like, for instance here in Shanghai, like, oh, it just always looks hard regardless of which year I came. It’s just difficult.”

“Have had also some rest after the US Open. I feel like I’m where I want to be. I know that this is where I could be playing a lot of tennis, you know, depending on how I play. So there is still obviously some goals left for the season.”

Federer’s fall season takes him through Shanghai, then Basel before finishing the year at the ATP Finals. The 37-year-old who’s is trying to fend off Novak Djokovic for the No. 2 ranking this week, still has a chance at the year-end No. 1 ranking but will have to virtually sweep his matches to have a chance. But he’s happy regardless about his 2018 season.

“Honestly it’s been a great season: winning the Australian Open, getting back to world No. 1 in Rotterdam, playing a good final in Indian Wells, playing a decent grass court season,” Federer said. “Having had the chances I did have against Kevin and all that stuff, it wasn’t all bad. I didn’t play great in Cincinnati, either, but made the finals there.

“Overall, I’m actually very happy. I can see some people seeing the things not as good as last year if you compare to last year, but I also did play very well at the Hopman Cup, I won that, won the Laver Cup again this year. I have actually by very successful when I played. I didn’t play many poor matches, to be quite honest. There is only maybe a couple that come to my mind.

“And I have been injury-free for over a year now. The last time I had a big problem was when I hurt my back in Montreal last year, and the rest of the season after Montreal last year was not easy for me.

“I’m just really happy. I’m healthy. I have won another slam again this year. I always say when you win a slam in any season, it’s actually a very good season already. So I feel like there is still a lot more to play for. I’m actually very pleased about this season so far.”

Next for Federer in Shanghai will be Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.


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One Comment for Roger Federer: I’m Really Happy, I’m Healthy!

Humble Rafa Says:

Honestly it’s been a great season: winning the Australian Open, getting back to world No. 1 in Rotterdam, playing a good final in Indian Wells, playing a decent grass court season,” Federer said. “Having had the chances I did have against Kevin and all that stuff, it wasn’t all bad. I didn’t play great in Cincinnati, either, but made the finals there.

Let me summarize it for you, lesser mortals.

When His Highness wins, it’s good. When he loses, it’s not bad. It’s actually good because it’s not so bad because he had opportunities in his losses. Bad is good, good is good and yes, good is good. That’s all. Simple stuff.


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