Following his win yesterday over Kevin Anderson in Rome, Roger Federer looked back on his greatest years.
“I consider I had one of my best years from 2005-2007 so of course I was confident going on court,” Federer said to the Rome website. More confident than today because I was winning over 90 percent of my matches. I was in a zone and it is really important to be there for the longest possible time. Enjoy it, add titles, live the dream.”
Federer won 8 of 12 Slams during that 2005-2007 span, finishing No. 1 each year. In 2005, he was 81-4 with 11 titles in 12 finals. And in 2004 he was just as good.
Turning 34 this summer, Federer now has his sights set on other targets.
“Today things are different. My life has changed, my mindset different. My titles, my records are all there so I feel less pressure,” Federer said. “I don’t want to say I’m less driven but I’m in a really good place right now.
“I enjoy playing tennis with a proper goal in mind – that’s what’s important to me. I enjoy practice, enjoy travelling, enjoy the matches, everything that surrounds the game – the fans, sponsors, press can never be too much for me and today I can enjoy those things more that I have ever had. Life on tour is better today.”
Federer is playing good tennis this week. He’s into the Rome semifinals after beating a comfortable 63, 63 win over Tomas Berdych. The Swiss has never won the Rome title. He will await the Rafael Nadal-Stan Wawrinka winner.
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