‘Fresh and Healthy’ Roger Federer Aims To Reclaim No.1 Ranking In Stuttgart
A fresh and healthy Roger Federer is aiming to reclaim his world number one spot in Stuttgart this week as he has denied rumours linking him with a new sponsorship deal.
The 20 time grand slam champion was speaking in his press conference today in Stuttgart and admitted that Nadal’s achievement of winning an 11th Roland Garros title was impressive, “It’s unbelievable, you can only talk about it in superlatives,” Federer explained. “To win a tournament eleven times is almost unthinkable and he almost makes it look easy. I kind of expected Rafa to win the French Open. That’s not taking anything away from him, but again he was that good on the clay leading into the French Open. I thought he was going to win.”
The current world number two has his eyes set on reclaiming the world number one spot this week as he looks to win the Stuttgart title for the first time, “So by him (Nadal) winning, it creates a situation that I was expecting. That I have to play the final here (in Stuttgart) to get back to world No.1. I think that’s a little bit of extra motivation, but then again I lost in the first round here last year.”
The 36 year old is looking to find his rythym as he looks to win a ninth Wimbledon title in a few weeks time, “On grass the margins are very slim and it’s not so simple. Especially when you haven’t played for three months. I just hope I can find my rhythm a bit earlier. I don’t want to be on a three match losing streak,” Claimed Federer. “I feel like I have plenty of time. I’m fresh and I’m healthy. That’s why I’m happy and confident to be there. Things could turn out very well this week.”
As well as talking about his hopes in the grass court season, Federer also denied rumours speculating that he had joined Uniqlo and ditched Nike, which he has been with for many years, “It’s rumours. I haven’t had a contract with Nike since March that run out after all these years. We’re talking and we will see what happens. It’s part of the game, an unfortunate part, but at the same time it’s an opportunity to see what’s going on.”
The top seed will begin his Stuttgart campaign on Wednesday against either Mischa Zverev or Mikhail Youzhny, a match in which Federer will be heavy favourite for as he has a combined 22-0 head to head record against Zverev and Youzhny.