10/23/12 2:28 PM | Johan Lindahl
Roger Federer's end-of-season heroics a year ago, which started him back to recovering his No. 1 ranking in mid-2012, got its kick-start in his hometown of Basel, where he is playing this week.
The winner of six of the last seven titles at the St Jakobshalle, ran the table in 2011, winning three straight trophies in Basel, the Paris Masters and concluding with the World Tour Finals in London.
But the compressing of the calendar this season means there is no more one-week break between Paris and London, leaving Federer to decide only at the last minute if he will front up next Monday at Paris Bercy.
"It all depends on how tough and how much you play, how the scheduling is, who are the opponents, and then maybe get a chance to get on a run," said the 17-time Grand Slam champion, who leads the ATP with six in 2012.
He said he cannot count on trying to repeat history. "I have to think day by day. It’s simple, it’s pretty routine, but it’s my only way to handle these next couple of crazy weeks. It should not be my goal now to try and win all three again. The first goal is to see how I play here and take it from there.
"I want to play well at the World Tour Finals, there’s no question about that. It’s the highlight of the end of the season and one of the biggest events we have in the sport."
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