Roger Federer Set To ‘Reassess’ Goals After Another Dream Week
The start of 2017 is one that has met and exceeded the expectations of the seemingly immortal Roger Federer.
In the three ATP tournaments he has played since coming back from a six-month injury hiatus, Federer has claimed the title in two of those. His first occurred at the Australian Open when he defeated a quartet of top-10 players to lift a record 18th major title in what was one of the finest achievements of his career. His second occurred on Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open when he dismissed compatriot Stan Wawrinka in straight sets.
“For me, the dream run continues.” Said Federer. “The fairytale of the comeback that I have already shown in Australia.”
“I’m not as surprised as I was in Australia, but still this comes as a big, big surprise to me, nevertheless, to win here again and beating the players that I did and the way I did. I mean, couldn’t be more happy.”
Becoming only the third man in history to win more than 90 titles on the ATP Tour, Federer has risen to sixth in the Emirates rankings. The achievement has already smashed one goal set by him at the start of the year of breaking the world’s top eight by the end of Wimbledon. Now that has been achieved, the 35-year-old is left plotting his next mission on the tour.
“You definitely have to reassess your goals maybe now and see, Where do you go from Here?” He said. “This was not part of the plan, to win Australia and Indian Wells, I can tell you that.”
Federer ’s success on the tour isn’t just down to his sublime performance on the court. It is also enhanced by the careful structuring of his schedule. At last month’s Dubai Tennis Championships, Federer admitted that he ‘wasn’t 100% prepared’ due to a leg injury as he crashed out to Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy in the second round.
“When I sat in the locker room after the Donskoy match, Severin (his coach) told me, Maybe this is the best thing that happen to you looking forward to Indian Wells and Miami, because you really need some time away from — some more time off.” The world No.6 explained.
On course to achieve the sunshine double at the upcoming Miami Open, there is just one thing currently on Federer’s mind – rest.
“So I think now it’s really important for me to rest up maximum. I hope I can play as late as possible going to Miami.” He said.
“I will make the plan for the remainder of the season after — especially for the clay after Miami, and then see also what the goals are, because the goals are clearly changing after this dream start.”
Federer currently heads the ‘Race To London’ with 3,045 points. Only the top eight players will qualify for November’s ATP World Tour Finals.