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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