This idea of not working on his weaknesses is not working. Nadal has beaten him 5 times in a row now by picking apart his weaknesses. How many slam finals in a row does Fed have to lose to Nadal before it clicks for him? Is Federer talented enough to evolve the weaker parts of his game? Id like to see him evolve his net game, play more aggressive returns instead of blocking them always, and make his backhand a weapon. The rivalry with Nadal will get boring unless Fed evolves some other parts of his game. Federer: I don’t work on weaknesses By Jaydip Sengupta, Sports Writer - 26 Feb 09 Dubai - Talking of great tennis obsessions, you need not look beyond Ivan Lendl’s laboured attempts at trying to win on the treacherous Wimbledon grass or Pete Sampras’s failed forays on the ridiculously slow clay of Roland Garros. At 13 Grand Slam titles and with arguments still raging about his status of being the greatest player of all time, World No 2 Roger Federer has his own goals to achieve and for the moment, the French Open isn’t one of them. Talking to XPRESS on the sidelines of the Jura Coffee Cocktail Launch event, Federer said: “It’s difficult to judge who is the greatest of all time. Winning the French Open would of course round off what has already been an incredible career for me but right now my priority is getting past Sampras’s record of 14 titles. I believe it’s important to chase your dreams and one of them is also to win the Olympic singles gold on the grass courts of Wimbledon in 2012. I am still young in tennis terms and still have some bit to go. And I know I have many more slams and another seven to eight years left in me.” That recent Australian Open final defeat still hurts, but being the champion that he is, Federer has managed to get over it. “You can’t win everything. The idea is to take positives from those setbacks and work at getting better. “I have never believed in working on my weaknesses. My serve and my forehand are my strengths and I work on them to get better,” he said. And despite having to sit out one of his favourite tournaments, the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, with a recurring back injury, the Swiss maestro believes he has made the right call to take it easy. “I am disappointed about not playing in Dubai, but unlike last year when I chose to play on despite not being fully fit, I have decided to recover completely before taking the court again in a few weeks’ time. I am feeling much better this year physically, but I need to be 100 per cent fit to play again,” he said. And the reason for that, according to Federer, is his desire to play on for as long as he can. “Look at Agassi and Connors, they are my inspiration. I have already played three generations of tennis stars. I started with Sampras and Agassi, then moved on to the likes of Roddick, Hewitt and Safin and now I am playing against Nadal, Djokovic and Murray,” he said. Federer’s feats Federer is second in the all-time men’s singles Grand Slam titles list with 13 He trails American Pete Sampras who has won 14 titles. He won Wimbledon five consecutive times from 2003-2007, the US Open five consecutive times from 2004-2008 and the Australian Open three times – 2004, 2006 and 2007. The only Grand Slam to elude the Swiss so far is the French Open in which he has been a finalist for the past three years.