Roger Federer admitted yesterday that he’d rather play exhibition matches and events – like the IPTL – than be stuck in the solitude of training.
“I think the XOs in India and at home for the foundation against Stan in Switzerland was good for me because it reminded me where my game is at,” Federer said Thursday in Brisbane. “It’s nice to play some competitive matches in a situation where you have an umpire and linesmen and spectators.
“I clearly prefer that over training. Training you’re alone on the court. It’s good fun sometimes, but for too long of a period of times sometimes it gets a bit boring and can’t wait to get back on the tour.
“I think that’s also one of the reasons the players like to play XOs. It’s not to chase money, it’s because it’s an opportunity to play in a different, relaxed environment for a purpose and for maybe a city, a country.”
Federer advanced to the semifinals in Brisbane after a quick 41-minute 60, 61 win over James Duckworth. He’ll play Grigor Dimitrov next.
“I’m very happy,” said Federer who lost to Lleyton Hewitt in the final last year. “I saved energy and stress and nerves and everything, because yesterday was quite nerve wracking and physically difficult because it was first match of the season. You’re always going to be a bit tense in that match.”
Federer added that he’s feeling better than he did a year ago at the start of the year.
“This year I’ve had a good off‑season,” he said. “Not that many doubts flying around like last year. Not that many questions with the racquet. It’s been working very well with me. I had great statistics on my own serve, and on the return I just got to take my chances and play with purpose.”
Federer is just two wins from reaching 1,000.
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