Fed­erer re­veals why he’s hap­pier than ever be­fore

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Roger Fed­erer ad­mits he is hap­pier than he has ever been be­fore as a pro­fes­sional ten­nis player.

Fed­erer, 36, has en­joyed a stun­ning resur­gence in 2017, win­ning two Grand Slams at the Aus­tralian Open and Wim­ble­don.

The Swiss leg­end has won seven of the 12 tour­na­ments he has en­tered this year and can make that eight at the ATP World Tour Fi­nals in Lon­don this week. Fed­erer says the older he has got, the more he cher­ishes vic­to­ries be­cause he has not ex­pected them.

“Well it’s spe­cial be­cause Aus­tralia came so un­ex­pected,” he told Sky Sports. “I think later on in your life or your ca­reer when you’re older, 35, 36, the ex­pec­ta­tions are lower.

“You can sur­prise your­self in a pos­i­tive way much bet­ter. “When you were young things just hap­pened and you were like ‘oh wow, that was cool, I didn’t ex­pect that, I’ve been work­ing so hard I kind of de­serve it’.

“All of a sud­den, later on it’s dif­fer­ent.

“It’s a deeper sense of sat­is­fac­tion, you know how much work you have to put into it, into each and every prac­tice, the or­ga­ni­za­tion, the team spirit, ev­ery­thing needs to be right for you to suc­ceed. “Hap­pi­ness is prob­a­bly big­ger to­day than it’s ever been.” Roger Fed­erer opened his ATP World Tour Fi­nals cam­paign with a straight sets win over Amer­i­can Jack Sock yes­ter­day.

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