Roger Federer has admitted that he feels it's easier to beat Rafael Nadal now following changes he has made to his overall game.
The Swiss ace, now 36, is playing some of his best tennis in years and has beaten his long-term rival Nadal four-times in the 2017 season.
And now Federer, who is aiming to pip Nadal to the world number one ranking heading into the New Year, has revealed he has altered his backhand style, which has given him an edge to his game recently.
“I would always shank too many balls,” Federer said, as per The Express, following his backhand attempts in previous matches.
“It was hard for me to consistently just keep on attacking with the backhand.
"Because I have gotten used to returning that way, I think it’s also easier to play Rafa these days."
Federer has enjoyed a fine 2017, where he has won two Grand Slam titles in the form of the Australian Open in January, which was followed up by a Wimbledon triumph on the grass of the All England Club back in early July.
This week, he is chasing an eighth title at his home tournament, the Swiss Indoors Championship in Basel, to add another trophy to his already illustrious collection.
Nevertheless, Federer has dismissed talk of pipping Nadal to the World Number One spot and he is just focusing on his own game.
"This goal has no priority because it is too far away," Federer continued.
"I understand that people ask me about it. But it would be a mistake if I were to think about it all the time. I do not play for that.
"I want to win here because it's Basel, and in London because it's the World Tour Finals.
"But even in this case, the chance would be small that I would be number one. I try to have fun, play well, and then see what happens."