17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer may have ended his season with a disappointing loss, but promises to be back in 2014 to achieve his goals. The former no. 1 expects to win five titles in 2014, which he hopes will include Grand Slam titles, Masters 1000 titles as well as other big events.
“Winning five titles or something, I guess, something exciting, leaving the tournaments as winner,” Federer said of his goals for next season. “That’s what keeps things exciting. Rankings, if it’s not world No. 1, then I’m not that interested in. Even though you kind of look at it, it would be nice to stay in the top four, top eight, that kind of thing, for seeding purposes more than anything else. Other than that, it’s either world No. 1 or tournaments or big tournaments in general.”
Federer is still happy with is performances over the past few weeks, stating that he is happy with his wins over top 10 competitors, which he lacked for the majority of the 2013 season. Heading into the Paris Masters, Roger had only beaten one player in the top 10 that season (Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) but managed to defeat del Potro twice (Paris and London), which greatly boosts his confidence. Federer also mentioned that he was happy with his performances, particularly following his back injury heading into the US Open and that he is now playing “pain-free”.
“Beating two Top 10 players is a good thing for me after not having beaten any for almost seven or eight months,” he said. “Considering the back issues I’ve had, I’m pleased that I’m pain-free for a long period of time now with a lot of tennis. That’s definitely also going to give me confidence physically and also mentally.”
Apart from his personal goals, Federer will be looking to regain his old form and have success in Grand Slam tournament and other tournaments such as the year-end championships and “selective” events. In all cases, the former no. 1 is simply looking to enjoy himself on court.
“Clearly Grand Slams are going to be part of my highlights, hoping to sort of make sure I play my best there with some selective other events that I consider important to me, some of the Masters 1000s. Then hopefully I have something left for the World Tour Finals at the end of next year because that’s clearly a goal. Then just some personal goals because there’s a big gap, as well, between Australia and the French Open. I just still have to decide what the goal is there, then I’ll just attack and try to play good tennis.”