9/18/12 6:10 PM | Johan Lindahl
Roger Federer will not hesitate at a cutback of his autumn playing schedule, with the Swiss saying he needs a rest after a full-on hard-court summer.
Federer, who won his seventh Wimbledon this summer but lost the Olympic gold-medal match to Andy Murray before bouncing back to win again In Cincinnati, has played in 69 matches in 2012. "I need a holiday badly," he said. "I'm wounded, tired, and exhausted and need some time off right now and see where I go from here.
"Nothing has been decided for the rest of year," said the player who has won six titles this season. "Even though there is a plan in place, that plan might change. I need to go back to drawing board to see what's important."
The Swiss is being chased in the rankings by US Open finalist Novak Djokovic, with Andy Murray a distant third after winning the New York major. Rafael Nadal has not played for more than two and a half months and has no return date due to a knee injury.
Federer is taking his usual rational look at the big picture in planning, with the upcoming Masters 1000 at Shanghai starting in less than three weeks looming as a potential victim of a schedule cut. But there has been nothing specific from the world No.1, whose main goal for the remainder of the season would seem to be finishing atop the year-end ATP rankings.
After keeping Switzerland in the Davis Cup World group for yet another season, the 31-year-old said that he "needs some time off." In 2011, he did just that after a winning Davis Cup tie in Sydney, taking weeks off until coming back to put together a winning run at the end of the season starting with a title at his home event in Basel, then winning the Paris Masters and the London year-end event.
The Davis Cup is unlikely to figure as a huge planning factor in Federer's 2013 schedule after he admitted that the team competition is not high on his priorities. "Not really a whole lot to be quite honest," he said after being asked his opinion of the event. "I have a good time and my teammates are all my best friends - I don't see them regular basis on tour and we have a great friendship and it’s always a lot of fun."
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