Federer to try make history in Rotterdam

Federer to try make history in Rotterdam

Swiss ace Roger Federer believes he has benefited from a lighter schedule and says players should not be afraid of taking breaks from tennis to improve their game. World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, on the other hand, lost in the quarterfinals (or, more accurately, retired in the fifth set against Marin Cilic) having previously finished runner-up to Federer in 2017. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is not ruling out the possibility of him representing his country at the Tokyo Olympics, which is 28 months from now. He missed the Rio Olympic campaign in 2016 with a knee injury.

"I don't compare my self with fantastic players like Roger - it's most important for me to do the right thing for my career".

"Semis seems not too far away, but yet it's still a big step so I'm trying to prepare as well as I can, see what happens and go from there". Considering how impressive his form is, what with a near-perfect performance in the Australian Open, we can see Federer hovering incredulously close to the elusive dream of returning as the No. 1 after 5 long years and we cannot wait for the history to unfurl its wings.

"I think it would be unbelievable for my team, maybe more so than for myself personally but a lot of guys have put in so much work so that I was able to stay motivated and keep going as I have".

GETTYIndia are one win away from taking the ODI series
GETTYIndia are one win away from taking the ODI series

"After the Australian Open was over, I thought I'd love to play Rotterdam and give it a go", Federer reflected. It's not a discussion point, let's put it that way. "I should be playing when I feel that way and not play when I don't feel at 100 per cent or don't feel ready to do it". When is it? 2020? There's no point to discuss it.

Wawrinka could face Swiss compatriot Roger Federer in Rotterdam later this week should both players progress to the quarter-finals and could deny the 20-time Grand Slam victor the world No 1 spot with victory. "Why not - it would be nice. but I can't tell you for sure, or not for sure".

"If Rafa can't take advantage of it because he has to play a full clay court season because he wants all the points because he cares about being No.1, like Roger doesn't care about being No.1". Or not at all. Federer last played the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in 2013, losing to Julien Benneteau in the quarters.

"So, then we'll see what happens with the clay, what happens next".

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