Federer still proving himself
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.