17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is reportedly taking aim at multiple major goals starting with a sixth title at his home Swiss Indoors, as he admitted that his current positive situation even has him surprised. Switzerland would play a Davis Cup final in France next month and that has surprised even Federer. He also has a decent shot at regaining the world number one ranking, given the right circumstances.
Federer has been training on clay for the Davis Cup showdown but is now back to total concentration on the slow indoor hardcourt at the St Jakobshalle, where he has figured in the last eight finals at the stadium where he got his start in the game as a ballboy, Sport24 reported. The Swiss, who opens on Wednesday in the first round against Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, said that it's a nice feeling being back in an arena that he knows so well and has had so much success.
Federer said that there is no panic about the tournament anymore, like there was five, 10, 15 years ago when it all started for him. He added that it feels great right now. Federer said that he is happy he is playing so well since the spring birth of twin sons Leo and Lenny, and added that he is happy Switzerland made the Davis Cup finals.
The recent Shanghai champion also said that Switzerland has put itself in an exciting position, adding that an away tie in France is cool. And, he also said that the fact that he has gotten so close to the number one ranking is a bit of a surprise for him. He said that he has not won a Slam this year but he was extremely close at Wimbledon.
But, Federer added that he has been playing very consistently or he would not be in this position. He said that it is a very different year-end for him, but added that if he doesn't win a few more titles number one won't happen.
In addition to all of those objectives, Federer has the eight-man World Tour Finals in London to concentrate on the week prior to the Davis final. With his crowded schedule, Federer also revealed that he almost opted not to play Shanghai, where he won that Masters 1000 title for the first time less than a fortnight ago over Frenchman Gilles Simon, the report added.