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PeteD 11-12-2012 05:18 PM

Fed: Matches Like Today Are What Keep Me Coming Back
 
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."

Sabratha 11-12-2012 05:50 PM

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

Prisoner of Birth 11-12-2012 05:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PeteD (Post 7013066)
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."

Wow

10fedrules

monfed 11-12-2012 06:00 PM

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

Prisoner of Birth 11-12-2012 06:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by monfed (Post 7013140)
Practice more? He can't practice not blowing leads,can he?
Besides he's 31, he needs to start planning a grand retirement,samprasesque.

Shut up.

302shutups

Cup8489 11-12-2012 06:01 PM

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

Cup8489 11-12-2012 06:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by monfed (Post 7013140)
Practice more? He can't practice not blowing leads,can he?
Besides he's 31, he needs to start planning a grand retirement,samprasesque.

Thought you were a Fed fan?

Prisoner of Birth 11-12-2012 06:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cup8489 (Post 7013144)
I just hope for another major this coming year. Anything beyond that is absolute cake.

I'd say that Major is cake, too.

Steve0904 11-12-2012 06:21 PM

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.

Sabratha 11-12-2012 06:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steve0904 (Post 7013176)
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.

A light schedule isn't always the best option.

Goosehead 11-12-2012 06:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steve0904 (Post 7013176)
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.

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

Steve0904 11-12-2012 06:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Sabratha (Post 7013182)
A light schedule isn't always the best option.

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.

Steve0904 11-12-2012 06:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Goosehead (Post 7013188)
can federer play however many tournaments he wants too ?..
or does he have to play a minimum number ??.

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.

Sabratha 11-12-2012 06:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steve0904 (Post 7013196)
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.

If it wins him a slam and a couple of Masters, then that's a good plan.

PeteD 11-12-2012 06:47 PM

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.

Sabratha 11-12-2012 06:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PeteD (Post 7013214)
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.

He's a lot more involved than Sampras was.

Emet74 11-12-2012 08:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PeteD (Post 7013214)
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.

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.

veroniquem 11-12-2012 08:51 PM

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.

JustBob 11-12-2012 08:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steve0904 (Post 7013201)
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.

Yup, he qualifies for all 3 exemptions, so he can skip any Masters he wants.

Quote:

1.08 Reduction of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Commitment

A. A player’s number of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 commitment tournaments shall be reduced by one (1) tournament for reaching each of the following milestones:

1) 600 matches (as of 1 January of the commitment year)
2) 12 years of service
3) 31 years of age (as of 1 January of the commitment year)

If all three (3) conditions are met then the player has a complete exemption from the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 player commitment.

kalyan4fedever 11-12-2012 09:01 PM

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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