• Federer says he's already reached main 2012 goal

    10/14/12 9:52 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Federer says he's already reached main 2012 goal 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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I think he's had a great year thus far. If I were Fed, I would think that re-gaining no.1 at his age and breaking 300 weeks as no.1 is much more important than ending the year as no.1.

Although the year is not yet over, I would think going into next season the goal would be to win one of AO/Wimbledon/USO since he's tied with Agassi and Sampras for both and would be in the clear (although Nole is only 1 behind him at the AO)? There are a few records left to be broken, but he's pretty much secured the major ones. He's pretty much just playing for the smaller-less known records now.

aegis , 10/14/12 11:28 PM

Smart thing to do would be to skip Paris IF he wins Basel then try to win WTF again.

chr18 , 10/15/12 12:46 AM

By skipping Paris, Fed would forfeit any remaining chance of finishing No. 1 which is still a goal admitted or not.


Conspirator , 10/15/12 1:17 AM

#NotGonnaHappen Conspirator , 10/15/12 1:17 AM
Not "likely" to "happen" buy hey?! It's Roger! the FED! C'MON! :) I love you FED! Keep it going... More is more. :)

sky , 10/15/12 4:46 AM

OK, ok, I get it! LOL Conspirator did you mean #NotGonnaHappen as in not gonna skip Paris to miss opportunity for #1 or #1 NotGonnaHappen ?! The later was the reason for my precious response. Whatever! Go ROG!!! :) Tennis is fun (mostly) with "the FED" is around. :) Spoken like a true FEDfan. lol :)

sky , 10/15/12 4:53 AM

Tennis is fun (mostly) with the FED around? or when the FED is around. LOL Ok, OK, I'm gone. :)

sky , 10/15/12 4:56 AM

Sky, not gonna happen that Fed will skip Paris. I don't cout him out yet.

TT is more fun when you're around so don't go!


Conspirator , 10/15/12 5:01 AM

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
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