Super six for undefeated Federer
Roger Federer believes his record sixth title at the ATP World Tour Finals will be the ideal springboard to end his Grand Slam drought in 2012. Final statssports Updated: Nov 29, 2011 02:15 IST
Roger Federer believes his record sixth title at the ATP World Tour Finals will be the ideal springboard to end his Grand Slam drought in 2012.
Federer has finished the season without a Grand Slam for the first time since 2002, but the Swiss star will go into the new campaign on the back of a 17-match winning run that brought him trophies in Basel, Paris and at the prestigious end-of-year event at London's O2 Arena.
Although the 30-year-old has been written off as a fading force after his barren run in the Grand Slams, Federer gave one of the performances of his life to demolish Rafael Nadal in the group stages at the Tour Finals before holding off a spirited challenge from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win the final 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3. He remained undefeated in the tournament.
The 16-time Grand Slam champion is adamant this week's work is conclusive proof he can still compete with the best in the latter stages of his career.
"I felt like I played great during these last few weeks and it gives me a lot of confidence for next year," said Federer after capturing his 70th career title in his 100th final.
"But regardless of how it went here, I would have been in a good state of mind for next year. And I think that counts for all the other top guys as well.
"For me, it was the strongest finish I've ever had in my career, which I'm very proud of. I'm looking forward to next year. To win Slams would be nice. I've missed out on a few occasions now this year, and maybe also some last year. So I feel like it might be around the corner."
He is aware that his main threats next year will likely be the familiar trio of Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
First Published: Nov 28, 2011 08:02 IST