Roger Interview: sees realistic chance of returning to no. 1

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  1. MK2411

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    Full article here:

    http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013...f-returning-to-no-1-despite-reduced-schedule/

    Although Federer only plans to play 14 tournaments this year, he thinks it possible and realistic to return to the number 1 spot. Seems like a very difficult task, Rotterdam certainly didn't help. While not completely impossible I would think he doesn't stand much of a chance at number 1 considering the other contenders. Good to see him still aiming high though.
     
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  2. Carsomyr

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    I don't think it's realistic. But after 2011, I didn't think it was realistic either. You never know.
     
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  3. kalyan4fedever

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    #1 does not matter, he should just concentrate on winning slams not going till semis and losing to some mugs 90% of freaking time.
     
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  4. Chanwan

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    At this moment in time, it doesn't seem realistic at all. Unlike last year, he doesn't have a good period of the year to draw from and rely on in the past six months.

    He's behind in the race already.

    That said, if he wins Dubai and IW, it already looks somewhat better, but realistically speaking, even with that I would not expect him to be able to make it to No. 1 before at the end of this year or early next year.

    Overall though, I do think his time at the top spot is over.
    But I said that in 2010 as well the moment Rafa took back the No. 1. ranking, leaving Roger one week short of Pete's record.
    You never quite know, but I give him say max. 10 % chance of doing it.
     
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  5. merwy

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    Is this his way of letting the public think he's still aiming for the top? I get the feeling he's stopped training as hard as he used to, with all the schedule cutting and "spending time with my familiy". He's being very optimistic here, to me it didn't look like he was playing anything close to "excellent tennis" against Murray and especially not against Benneteau.

    Of course, it's Roger Federer we're talking about, so I'm hoping that he surprises me with another grand slam. (#1 is out of the question though.. come on let's be real here)
     
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  6. Vamos Rafa

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    Would be happy for it to happen, but it's highly unlikely. You never know with Federer...
     
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  7. tennisaddict

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    Roger has it in him to win both FO and Wimbledon 2013. Not that he will definitely, but that is something not out of the realm of possibilities.
     
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  8. Love all

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    He certainly can win majors and get the top spot in the rankings too. The matches he lost were close. Next time he can turn them in his favor.
     
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  9. NLBwell

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    With Nadal not in top form, RF could certainly win the French - he and Djokovic would be co-favorites. He might also be the favorite at Wimbledon. He needs Djokovic to slump and maybe have an couple of early losses, but that isn't completely unlikely. Odds are against it, but he's got a better shot than anyone besides Djokovic. It depends how tightly you define "realistic."
     
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    I don't think he will bother to go all out for the no.1 ranking again. Since he got the record and crossed 300 weeks last year, it isn't really is of much importance now. He will just focus on winning a major or two before he calls it a day.

    Another interview here where it is interesting to see him point out how his rivals are in their prime (implying he isn't :) )
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/21568958

    "I'm trying to be smart with my scheduling because I'm in a totally different situation than they are - they are right in their prime," said Federer, the world number two. "For me, it's very challenging and why I need to make the right decisions with personal life and my family. None of the guys have that, so I have many more things to worry about than they do."
     
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  11. joeri888

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    No. 1 on senior's tour yes.
     
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    It's unlikely, but it's possible. I think 90% of the people wrote him off by 2011 but look what happened? That said I doubt #1 matters much now since he finally got the record and I doubt anyone would catch up to that soon. (insert NSK argument here)
     
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    After losing that US Open semifinal to Djokovic having had the match points in 2011, and only winning one tournament at that point - an ATP250 in Doha - who could have predicted what was to come?

    Everybody counted him out. Navratalova said he would never return to the top.

    Then he went on an absolute tear, winning Basel, Paris, WTF, Rotterdam, Dubai, Indian Wells, Madrid, Wimbledon, Cincy... And was back at #1.

    You never know with Roger.
     
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    If he won those two he would definitely be back at #1. That would be incredible at his age, if he could do it.
     
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  16. albatros_forehand

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    RF winning French Open at his age? You gotta be kidding. There is plenty of armada dirt rats to go through only to meet Nadal in the quarters or semi.. :p
     
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    Well, Federer is one of those dirt rats. :shock: I mean he is still #2 clay courter
    of this generation only behind the GOAT dirt baller, Nadal who is not in
    good form. He has best chance since 2009 when Nadal was injured.

    He has great chance at slow French this year. His regin on fast hard courts and indoor is being
    violated by Djokovic (and maybe Murray too).
     
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  18. boredone3456

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    Considering the beating Novak handed him at the French last year and in Rome last year even if Rafa is not in top form come May (which is still 2+months away) Roger will still be the underdog to win the French. Its not 2009 anywhere and Roger is no longer the clear #2 on clay on the tour. Novak will still be there and on clay right now I would favor Novak over Fed.
     
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    Oh you mean armada dirt rats like Ferrer (14-0), Almagro (5-0), Monaco (4-0), Belluci (2-0) or Berlocq (1-0)? Yeah, Federer must be scared to death.
     
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  20. ultradr

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    I agree he is not clear #2 currently. Another factor is that Tsonga/Berdych/Del Potro
    are less of threat on clay. If he doesn't have hiccups, he will be able to
    test his chance against Djokvic/Murray/Nadal at semi or final.
     
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  21. sportsfan1

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    He also said that it also depends on his competitors and that he may have to tweak his schedule.
     
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    Best shot ever!
     
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  23. SwankPeRFection

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    I'd like to point out one important thing that everyone seems to overlook when it comes to the top 4 players in the world. Fed is the only one who's got a stupid full schedule off-court with nothing but crap (well, not crap, but stuff other than tennis) and he still manages to hold onto #2 and play amazing tennis. You don't see Nole dumping a match in a tournament and then flying to Africa to do a PR thing for his foundation or do some kind of spokes person spot for whatever new product he's been picked to be ambassador for. On top of that, he's also got tons of meetings for player's council, etc. It's stupid busy crap.

    Bottom line is this. Put that schedule on anyone else's plate and I guarantee you they'll probably burn out in one season or less. Fed's been doing it for years.... the other guys haven't. They have much more time to concentrate on training and tennis. Take that into consideration when you think at the level Fed still plays today.
     
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  24. sportsfan1

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    Yes, and the Djoker's expression at the other end of it is priceless.
     
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    Never said Bellucci or Monaco to beat him, but he could lose set here set there and reach the quarters pretty tired (he is no more young and fresh you know) only to meet Nadal :-0 I just can't see it happening - him winning RG. Even though he wants to take some time off and get 100% ready for the European clay season. Sorry. I even favor Ferrer on clay this year over him.
     
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  26. albatros_forehand

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    Oh poor Fed-having to spend 1 month in hot and humid South America in December instead of holiday/pre-season preparation, only to cash 2million dollars per match. Everyone is responsible for their own action dude. If he prefers to get rich instead of proper pre-season/holiday that's his choice. He didn't complain about it. Why do you?
     
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