Roger Federer quietly hoping for dream return to No.1 at Rotterdam
Roger Federer stated Monday he might permit himself to dream about recapturing the world primary spot at this week`s Rotterdam event and changing into the oldest man ever to carry the place.
To climb again to the highest on the age of 36, the Swiss should no less than attain the semi-finals.
If seedings maintain up, which means he must defeat compatriot and pal Stan Wawrinka in what can be a high-profile quarter-final.
“I might like to be in that place with anybody, however with Stan it might be like a Grand Slam ultimate, a big-time match,” stated Federer, contemporary from profitable a 20th Grand Slam title on the Australian Open.
“I`m hoping to get to primary and hoping to do it this week. You at all times need to do it the robust method, it`s not straightforward to get there.
“The achievement can be fairly unbelievable. It`s thrilling to see Stan in my part and it`s nice to have him again (after knee surgical procedure in July).”
Federer made a comparatively late choice to play on the occasion, which he received in 2005 and 2013.
He stated that after profitable in Melbourne a fortnight in the past, he felt ok to compete this week and can be contemplating taking part in in Dubai in two weeks` time.
“I didn`t count on to win Australia, I performed it not occupied with primary,” he stated.
“I didn`t consider the rankings in any respect in Melbourne. Afterwards, I believed I might at all times play Rotterdam, I`d like to play, give it a go and see what occurs.
“I`m completely satisfied I`m right here, wholesome and desirous to play,” he stated.
He begins his bid on Wednesday towards Belgian Ruben Bemelmans.
Federer additionally gave some perception into his plans for the spring claycourt season, which he skipped fully final yr on the way in which to profitable his eighth Wimbledon title.
“The clay season is up within the air. If I`m taking part in quite a bit throughout this a part of the season, it might be laborious to play a strong clay season.
“It might be gentle (schedule) if I do play,” he stated.
“We`ll see the way it goes, I`m wholesome and glad to be taking part in. I must be taking part in after I really feel that method and never play after I don`t really feel at 100 p.c or don`t really feel able to do it.
“That`s the key for me transferring ahead.”