Fed­erer still prov­ing him­self

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - SPORT -

ROGER Fed­erer says even though he re­claimed the No 1 rank­ing and cap­tured his 20th ca­reer Grand Slam ti­tle in Jan­uary, he still has plenty to prove on the ATP Tour.

“You al­ways have. As much as I like to tell you ‘it doesn’t mat­ter how I play here’, I didn’t come here to lose first round two and two,” Fed­erer said on Thurs­day.

“As lit­tle pres­sure as there seems to be, there is al­ways pres­sure on the top guys.

“You are al­ways the cen­tre of at­ten­tion and ex­pec­ta­tions are there.

“I am def­i­nitely in a good place. I also feel that I have less to prove to­day than in the past, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want it badly. I need to have that drive to be suc­cess­ful.”

Fed­erer was speak­ing ahead of his open­ing match at the ATP Mas- ters at In­dian Wells.

The 36-year-old Swiss marvel con­tin­ues to defy the age­ing process, claim­ing a sixth Aus­tralian Open crown two months ago.

The de­fend­ing cham­pion has en­joyed a per­fect start to 2018, win­ning in Mel­bourne and the Rot­ter­dam Open, and tak­ing his ca­reer sin­gles ti­tle tally to 97.

“You do care about the mo­ments. You do care about the fans, what they think and how they por­tray you. You care about the re­sult,” he said.

Fed­erer will open the de­fence of his In­dian Wells ti­tle by play­ing a sec­ond-round match against ei­ther Amer­i­can Ryan Harrison or Fed­erico Delbonis, of Ar­gentina.

Fed­erer comes into the elite event as the old­est ATP num­ber one in his­tory.

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