After settling in at the 2013 Shanghai Rolex masters, Roger Federer took time for a brief interview for the ATP World Tour. The Swiss maestro addressed his time off, the current state of his game, Shanghai and the tournament, and more. Earlier in the day, he spent time with his fans on a Twitter Q&A, #AskRF. See it all here.
“It’s one of those things you just want to move on from,” said Federer, referring to his fourth round loss to Tommy Robredo at Flushing Meadows. “I think my game’s been coming back, which has been very important. Now it’s about staying positive and working hard every single day, that’s been the mindset.”
“I’m really just focused on my own game, my first‑round opponent,” said Federer, who will face Andreas Seppi on Wednesday. The Swiss is placed seventh in the Emirates ATP Race to London.
“It was the goal at the beginning of the season to qualify for [London]. I consider it the absolute best of the best tournament out there, so I want to be part of that,” said Federer, who has won the year-end championships a record six times. “It’s extra motivation for me to play well and be part of that great tournament.”
Roger Federer 2013 Shanghai Rolex Masters Interview
“I always knew that this year, after a very tough year in 2012 [and] the Olympics, was going to be a bit of a more quiet year. I expected myself probably not to be as successful and as busy playing matches and tournaments. My mindset now is [that] next year is going to be a great year again where I’m not going to have that many points to defend, especially at some very key moments where I consider myself a favourite. For that reason, I’m really looking forward to 2014 already.”
“As long as I’m physically and mentally fine, there’s no reason for me not to be taking part in the big matches. That’s what I’m looking forward to in 2014, to be part of those matches.”
Federer also answered interview questions about Rafael Nadal and his comeback this season. “I think [it’s] an unbelievable comeback, no doubt about it,” said the Swiss. “One year ago people were saying he might never play tennis again. One year later he’s world No. 1. That’s how quick things can go in tennis, which is great. On the other hand, you’ve got the other extreme sometimes, you write off a player a little bit too fast.”
Federer said he was pleased for the left-handed Mallorcan. “I’m really happy that Rafa’s proven himself, for himself personally clearly, but also to the rest of the world that you never write off someone like him… The US Open was an unbelievable victory.”