Indian Wells – 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.
Federer was speaking ahead of his opening match in at the ATP Masters at Indian Wells.
“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.”
“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 can stay at No. 1 if he reaches the semifinals here, and that’s eminently possible in a field that lacks Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and David Goffin because of injuries. Even if they were here, Federer still would have been the favorite.”He just shows and proves that right now there is no limit, to be honest. Simple as that. He just keeps on proving every tournament that he’s playing,” Dimitrov said.
“What else can you say? He’s done it all, and right now he’s just kind of riding that wave. I think all the momentum that he has really helps him out. And the scheduling itself, he plays less tournaments and does well and has more time to rest. So that’s just how it is. He has done so much for the game.