Despite a shock loss from a set up to David Goffin on Saturday in the semifinals at the ATP Finals, Roger Federer was overall very happy with his 2017 season. And why not?
After missing the last half of 2016 due to a knee injury, Federer rebounded winning two Grand Slams and finished No. 2, just shy of Rafael Nadal who he beat four times during the year.
“It’s been an amazing year for me,” Federer said. “Been so happy that I was playing at this level from the beginning till basically the end, till today. So it’s been great. Really enjoyed myself in the process.
“It’s kind of disappointing to finish on this note. But whatever happened today is less important than if I look at the entire season. With that season, I’m extremely happy.”
With a six weeks off now, Federer understandably can’t wait for 2018.
“Looking ahead, look, clearly the buildup is not going to be six months like it was last time around,” Federer said. “It’s not going to be six weeks of tennis. It’s just going to be two, three weeks. It’s going to be short. But I did that 15 years previously, so I know how to handle the buildup.
“Then I’m just looking forward to some time off now, away from the match court, away from the pressure, then hopefully play well in Australia. I can’t wait to play there again. I had the best time of my life this year, so can’t wait to go back there.”
And he’s healthy!
“Even after New York still, I still did feel it,” Federer said of his knee. “So I’m actually very relieved that I was able to finish strong now in Shanghai, Laver Cup, Basel, now here again as well. It shows that things are in the past now. It’s good to know that I can bounce back, you know, and get my confidence back.
“Other than that, I didn’t have many problems other than I had sort of a groin issue after the Australian Open that I played on for probably about 10 days of the tournament. But then again, when I rested, I came to Dubai, I was okay again.
“So considering how last year went, this year was perfect.”
Upon returning next year, Federer will be faced with defending championship points at the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami.
Not bad problems to have…
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