Roger Federer speaks out on struggles that saw him skip Paris
Roger Federer admitted he struggled to recover from his latest triumph in Basel and took a lot of time off in the build-up to the ATP Finals, while the Paris Masters was being played, as he looked to get himself into top shape for the season-ending event.
The world No. 2 was still in with a shout of leapfrogging Rafael Nadal at the top of the ATP rankings heading into Paris-Bercy, but decided to rest his body as London was his main focus.
With Nadal withdrawing from the Paris Masters at the quarter-final stage, it was suggested that the Swiss might regret his decision, as he could have put the No. 1 spot firmly within his grasp with a fourth Masters 1000 title of 2017.
However, Federer is convinced he had no choice but to pull out as his body was really struggling to recover after beating Juan Martin del Potro in Basel.
But the 36-year-old insists he’s feeling in tip-top condition again following his win over Jack Sock at the O2.
‘It took me long time to recover really, to be honest,’ he said following his 6-4 7-6 (7-4) victory.
‘I had a very slow week the Paris week. But also, other than the charity match, the Andy Murray Live match in Scotland, I also didn’t do that much.
‘The last sort of Thursday, Friday, especially Saturday, were my more intense days. Other than that, I didn’t do much.
‘I’m happy that I was able to come out today and had actually good energy. This is the best I’ve felt since the Del Potro finals.
‘I’m very happy to see that I didn’t have to pay the price for taking it easy, you know, resting, recovering. But then turning it up the last few days got me in shape for today.
‘Now I think I’m in the tournament. Now there’s no more turning back. Just full steam ahead every match that comes.’