10/14/12 9:52 PM | Johan Lindahl
Roger Federer lamented his 6-4, 6-4 loss to Andy Murray in the Shanghai Masters semifinals while inevitably turning his attention to his start in a week at his home event the Swiss Indoors.
Despite going down to defeat, Federer said that whatever happens in the remaining three weeks of his season, he has achieved his major goal. "I wanted to get back to world No. 1 this year," he said, achieving the position as he beat Murray for the Wimbledon title.
"I've already achieved my goal. I would love to finish No. 1 as well for the end of the year. For that it's going to take a great stretch again, winning Basel, Paris and London I assume to give myself a chance."
But Murray has now gotten his own back twice since his Wimbledon loss, at the Olympic gold-medal match and in Shanghai.
Federer's chances of finishing the season on top of the ATP again also depends in part on Djokovic, chasing closely on second in the rolling, 12-month ranking race.
"We'll see how it goes, I'm relaxed about it, I'll give everything I can," said Federer, winner of Basel, Paris and the London finals a year ago. "I want to get through this season well and finish strong. But it's not the number one goal right now. Right now it's to manage my schedule, hopefully be in good shape for Basel, then kind of go from there.
"Just to repeat, the goal was to become world No. 1 this year, which happened, not the end of the year. But if that happens, that's a bonus."
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|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
|2. Murray||8 750 pts|
|3. Federer||8 670 pts|
|4. Ferrer||6 970 pts|
|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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