Federer driven by fear of losing


Cincinnati – Roger Federer is set to battle the fear factor as last weekend's Toronto finalist prepares to make his start at the ATP Tour's Cincinnati Masters tournament.

“The fear is always there from the first rounds regardless of how you approach a tournament,” said Federer, the winner of 17

Share this story
ROME, ITALY - MAY 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland serves in his match against Jeremy Chardy of France during day four of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia tennis 2014 on May 14, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

grand slam titles and 79 trophies overall from 120 finals.

“A lot of things have happened in the last year for me, and I'm happy that most of it has been really positive.”

Five Cincinnati titles counts for little, with Federer admitting he was not pleased with his level at the weekend when he lost in the Toronto final to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

But a tired Tsonga was bundled out here Tuesday in his first match, losing 6-1, 6-4 to Mikhail Youzhny.

Federer hopes to prevent any chance of the same thing happening to him when he begins play in the second round against Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

“Because I've played last week, I'm just hoping to get through the first round just because I know how hard it is to transition with a day and a half of practice and then having to play a difficult best-of-three-set match,” he said.

“If I do win that first round, I have higher hopes to going really deep into the tournament and even winning it.

“But right now, the focus is getting through the first round. Seeing what happened to Jo, that's not very good for me, either, when I see that happening,” he said.

The 33-year-old has played seven finals this season while winning titles in Dubai and Halle. That is a marked improvement on his 2013, which was plagued by back pain and uncharacteristic poor form.

“It's good fun this year. Winning is more fun than not playing or losing,” he said. “It hasn't always been an easy decision to play or not to play.

“I can't be chasing rankings and tournaments and Davis Cup and you name it,” said the world number three.

“I really don't play for any of the longevity records, to be honest. I play because I love to play. I still believe I can achieve a lot.” – Sapa-AFP

Share this story