No question, Roger Federer is an accomplished tennis player already so much so that he’s considered one of the best players of all time if not the greatest sportsman in the history of his sport. It’s no surprise too that he’s contented with what he’s done in his tennis career that the Swiss Master feels no pressure when he’s playing in both minor and major ATP tournaments.
“I feel more laid back today than I ever have because I don’t have to defend like 12 tournaments a year,” Federer said via ESPN.COM. “I only won one last year, so I feel I don’t really have to prove anything to anybody – although people are always going to disagree with that.”
The new approach has worked in the 2014 ATP season for Federer.
The last time the Swiss made the no. 1 spot in the ATP rankings was in November 2012 and has since fell to as low as no.8 (February and March 2014). As mentioned by Federer himself this was because of a “bad” 2013 when he only won one tournament in Basel, Switzerland defeating Juan Martin Del Potro, 6-7(3), 6-2, 4-6 at the 2013 Swiss Indoors Basel final.
Federer finished 2013 with a 45-17 record and has seen a mini-resurgence going 40-8 in 2014 with titles in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (defeated Tomas Berdych, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships final); and in Halle, Germany (defeated Alejandro Falla, W 7-6(2), 7-6(3) at the Gerry Weber Open final).
He also appeared in multiple championship matches including the five-set classic against Novak Djokovic, 7-6(7), 4-6, 6-7(4), 7-5, 4-6 at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships.
“For me, it’s about how do I feel at practice, how’s my motivation, how am I actually playing – how do I feel rather than everyone else thinking they know. I can analyse it much clearer today than I ever have, and from that standpoint, I’m not in a hectic place.”
A relaxed Roger Federer is always a more dangerous player and the Swiss will have his chance to prove this mindset works in the 2014 Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada starting on Tuesday when he faces Jerzy Janowicz of Poland.