Roger Federer not given up on returning to the top

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When it comes to Roger Federer, enough just isn’t enough.

The world No.3 has revealed his ambition of wresting away the number one spot from Novak Djokovic and thinks his love for the sport keeps pushing him to aim for newer targets.

The Swiss veteran is currently in Shanghai to compete in a Masters 1000 event where he is also the defending champion.


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Federer has been in impeccable form, but has been repeatedly thwarted by Djokovic on the bigger of occasions of late.

The 34-year-old was beaten by the Serbian superstar in this year’s Indian Wells and Rome Masters 1000 events, and also finished runners-up to him in successive grand slam finals at Wimbledon and the US Open.

Federer, nevertheless, recorded wins over Djokovic in the Dubai Open and Cincinnati Masters in the running season.

Currently at an age in which many players hang up their boots, start weighing up their post-retirement options and are more involved in tennis by being in the senior draw or pursuing a career in commentary, the 17-times grand slam champion though has his own unique goals and targets.

The Basel-native has unearthed his desire to once again sit atop the game’s pecking order, but admitted he will have to find ways to get past his Serbian nemesis for this ambition of his to materialize.

He told the reporters in Shanghai: “I'd like to have another opportunity to become world number one. I am aware it’s not likely – Novak is just meant to be up there right now,”

“Yet I was able to beat him twice this year, and last year in Shanghai too. I know I’d have to beat him in every tournament to actually have a real shot at claiming the title back, and that is quite hard as he plays so well. But the thought is there,”

Federer has 17 grand slam titles to his name, remained number one in the world for a record 302 weeks and has also bagged 24 Masters 1000 titles. Achieve as much as he has and there is a strong chance one might lose the hunger and ambition to win more.

However, Federer’s thirst for more glory is far from being quenched. Still striving for top honours, he attributed his fierce desire to excel to his unfaltering love for the game.

He said: "I have never fallen out of love with tennis. Of course, there have been moments, particularly when I was younger when I used to get really frustrated.

“I didn't enjoy training or competing all the time. Losing. But I've always picked up the racket again and kept going to practice. I've never really lost motivation.”

Federer has 53-8 win-loss record for the year and will make his fifth tournament appearance in Shanghai. Last year, he beat Djokovic in the semi-final en-route to his maiden title at the venue.

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