Following his majestic performance against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the quarter-final round of the BNP Paribas Open, 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is satisfied with his improvements, admitting that he is enjoying the confidence boost so far this season, especially after his disappointing 2013.
“Last year was difficult,” said Federer after his victory over Anderson. “I’m just happy playing enough matches where you feel like you have momentum, you have some confidence, and you’re enjoying it at the same time. Last year, that wasn’t always the case.”
Federer, who was in the Top 5 in the Emirates ATP Rankings from January, 2003 until August, 2013, is projected to return to No. 5 next week following his quarter-final win, and will rise even higher to No. 4 if he is to win the title this week at Indian Wells. The former world No. 1 admit that his recent success is attributable to him being healthy, as well the confidence boost in his own game and new racquet. That combined with a newfound motivation and competitiveness that was missing from his game last season have been the keys to his return to grace.
“Things are easier now, and I’m able to take advantage of the fact that I’m just healthy. There is a sense of calmness and confidence to my game,” Federer added. “Also that grit and that feeling of wanting to win badly, which was hard to find at times last year.”
Above all, Federer is satisfied with the belief that he is not letting down his family, fans and camp.
“It’s nice proving it to myself, the team and my fans that they can still count on me. It’s nice giving yourself opportunities to win a tournament, no doubt about that.”