Fed: Matches Like Today Are What Keep Me Coming Back

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  1. PeteD

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    13 November 2012 - 01H31
    Rivalry with top stars keeps Federer coming back

    AFP - Roger Federer insists his dramatic defeat against Novak Djokovic in the final of the ATP Tour Finals was exactly the kind of epic showdown that stops him thinking about retiring.

    Federer's two-year reign as Tour Finals champion was brought to an end by a brilliant display from Djokovic, who underlined his status as the world number one by taking everything the Swiss great could throw at him and then hitting back even harder.

    Djokovic eventually won 7-6 (8/6), 7-5 after two hours and 14 minutes of enthralling action at London's O2 Arena on Monday, denying Federer the chance to add to his six Tour Finals titles and leading the 31-year-old to acknowledge the thrill he gets from going toe to toe with such a spirited rival.

    "It's part of the puzzle that makes me motivated, trying to play against the likes of Novak, Andy (Murray) and Rafa (Nadal)," Federer said.

    "I think we had some great stuff out there. It was good playing such points.

    "It's great playing against these guys because the ball does come back a few more times than against other players and you get those great rallies going.

    "I love playing against the young guys as well, because to many of them I'm an idol which is kind of strange to me.

    "But it's nice seeing them grow, see what the next generation comes up with."

    Federer admitted he was frustrated to let the title slip through his fingers after leading by a break in each set.

    But the 17-time Grand Slam champion acknowledged Djokovic had come up with some superb shots at the key moments.

    "Maybe I have a bit of regret because I had the lead twice first before him," Federer said.

    "But at the end of the day, that doesn't matter. You have to get over the finish line in the set and then obviously at the end of the match. He was better at that today.

    "You have to talk about me serving really fast three or four times and him bringing back a bullet. I think this is where he gets me on the back foot."

    Although Federer's 2012 campaign ended on a low note, a season which includes winning Wimbledon for the seventh time, as well as taking a silver medal at the London Olympics, can't be regarded as a failure and the Swiss is already plotting how to add more silverware to his trophy cabinet next year.

    "I reflect in a nice way. I think it's been a fantastic season to be part of," Federer said.

    "I'm very pleased that I was able to pick up my performance at the end of the season, like I played now this week. So obviously that gives me confidence for next year.

    "I haven't really set clear goals yet for next year. I first have to make sure I create my schedule so it makes sense.

    "I need to practice a whole lot more next year, because this year, I hardly did have an opportunity to do. I have some catching up to do in that standpoint."
     
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  2. Sabratha

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    I like that there's a big four and not just a big two anymore. There's more variety.
     
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  3. Prisoner of Birth

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    Wow

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  4. monfed

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    Practice more? He can't practice not blowing leads,can he?
    Besides he's 31, he needs to start planning a grand retirement,samprasesque.
     
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  5. Prisoner of Birth

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    Shut up.

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  6. Cup8489

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    I just hope for another major this coming year. Anything beyond that is absolute cake.
     
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  7. Cup8489

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    Thought you were a Fed fan?
     
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  8. Prisoner of Birth

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    I'd say that Major is cake, too.
     
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  9. Steve0904

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    I'm interested to see how Fed plans his schedule next year because no masters are mandatory for him anymore. He could really peak for the slams next year (not that he wasn't doing that already of course), but he may be fresher for them next year if he does it right, and I have a strange feeling he will. He's always been a good planner when it comes to his schedule.
     
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  10. Sabratha

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    A light schedule isn't always the best option.
     
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  11. Goosehead

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    can federer play however many tournaments he wants too ?..
    or does he have to play a minimum number ??.
     
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  12. Steve0904

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    Didn't say it was going to be light, but if he does it right, he could be well rested without being rusty for the slams.
     
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    Not sure. I think he can play whatever he wants. He may have to play some 500's, but he'll probably do that anyway just for the appearance money, but I'm almost certain he doesn't have to play any 1000 tournaments.
     
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    If it wins him a slam and a couple of Masters, then that's a good plan.
     
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    I think Fed is serious about upping his practicing next year, because in the past year or two he has been spending so much time working for his foundation, the players' federation, and his sponsors. There is a documentary on YouTube that gives an idea of how many activities besides actual tennis Fed is involved in:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyPh0H7TWM0

    Anybody concerned that Roger Federer is going to disappear from the tennis world, no worries.
     
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  16. Sabratha

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    He's a lot more involved than Sampras was.
     
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  17. Emet74

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    The reason he's been saying he's been lacking practice this year is due to his schedule, not off-court activities. The Olympics took away his post-wimby practice time and because he chose to play Shanghai he didn't really put in a good practice block post USO either. All he means is he'll make sure to schedule next year with enough weeks off to allow for some significant practice/training blocks.
     
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  18. veroniquem

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    He should go easy on the practice or his back is gonna give. And given the season he had in 2012, I wouldn't change a thing if I were him. He won't do any better at his age, practice or not.
     
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    Yup, he qualifies for all 3 exemptions, so he can skip any Masters he wants.

     
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  20. kalyan4fedever

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    Fed did not understand fully yet, you need to be a pusher to beat a glorious pusher, what did novak do yesterday other than keeping ball in court. I hate to see pushers win
     
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  21. MTF07

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    Fed really frickin blew that match today. One of the worst chokes of his career.
     
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    Hi Clarky, love your alternate account. Care to create others to "support" Djokovic and Murray, too? :lol:
     
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    No. 500's are not mandatory, they just cost you 0-pointers if you don't play enough. He's basically free as a bird, now.
     
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    Never say never :). I'd say he was better in 2012 than he was in 2011. Why not more improvement?
     
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    The TT weekend warriors really can't get around that word, it's like an obsession to you, isn't it, guys? Every point you don't score by a top 10 winner in the Guiness book is a choke... :roll:
     
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    Who cares what Federer wins. As long as he plays. As long as he plays with fire in his eyes, and grit in his teeth. I think he's mentally strong and tactically amazing. Shame the rallies are not as much on his racquet anymore, but he's still amazing. Hope he plays for 5 more years. Go out like Agassi, rather than Sampras. The next generation of tennis fans should see Roger Federer too.
     
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    You are totally clueless. Fed did not choke AT ALL. He played poor points throughout the match, and changed them up with some insane plays. At those moments Djokovic got just some extra balls back with interest and forced Rog into a mistake too many. But I guess if Djokovic nets that passing shot at 6-5 30-40 it's suddenly clutch Federer again?
     
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    I agree. I didn't see any choking today. Just #1 vs #2 and a damn close match.
     
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  29. Tennis_Hands

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    I am curious to see, what he is going to do with his schedule next season. Being a master of the scheduling and all.

    Common sense says, that he should be playing slightly less than this year (maybe missing a couple of clay tourneys and slightly reduced summer HC season) and aiming at the big events. We will see.

    Ontopic: That is what many of Federer's detractors do not understand about him. He gets motivated, when things do not go his way. Federer loves the challenge and never runs away from it.
     
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    Most players seem to need to play themselves into the majors but Federer seems to be one guy who stands out as who can turn up and trounce people with magic from the first day of an event. I wonder if a well managed break with fewer lead-up tournaments than his peers could really be a shot in the arm for his peak potential. He may have some hiccups but even looking at this week's tournament he played pretty well yet was the only player who had the last week off (or did someone else as well??)
     
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    I expect:

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    Rotterdam
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    Wimbledon
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  32. tennis_pro

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    I just hope he keeps on playing for as long as possible. Reading such interviews makes it easier to swallow defeats like yesterday.

    I'm also quite interested what goals Federer sets for 2013 I mean damn what is there more to achieve for him?
     
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    1) Federer won't play Rotterdam.
    2) He's more likely to play Rome than Madrid which is closer in schedule and surface to the French Open.
    3) I think he should take part in Miami since he'll most likely skip Monte Carlo (so he has a long break anyway)
     
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  34. Tennis_Hands

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    Sounds about right.
    Might substitute Basel for Paris, if they do not strike a deal with the organizers.
    DC can also be included, if need be.

    He can play there if there is an early exit at the AO. Or does he have other plans? Info?
     
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  35. TheNatural

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    Fed is going to have more practice with his bigger racket.
     
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    I think Sampras found his dream gal and pretty much checked out

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  38. single_handed_champion

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    Poor Roger. He should be saying 'Matches like today are what make me stay away from the game'. He was dominating Djokovic pretty much but the ball just would not die on him, bouncing up nice and high and allowing Djokovic to slide with ease to his biggest blasts and put them back on the baseline. Djokovic admitted he was only trying to hang in points and make Roger hit one more shot.
     
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    Too much match play for Fed this year. The season with the Olympics made Fed impossible to practice, the only part where he had time to do so was the 6 week gap between Miami and Madrid, but of course then it's the clay season so we didn't see much significant results. He did win Madrid though.
     
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