Roger Federer has enjoyed an excellent year winning two grand slams and 5 other titles with ATP Tour Finals yet to be played. However, the only thing that would have completed a fairytale comeback was number 1 rankings.
The swiss legend continued his excellent form throughout. However, as fans wished to see a deciding encounter between rivals Nadal and Federer in ATP Tour Finals for the number 1 ranking, Federer decided to skip the Paris Masters leaving no chance to get to number 1 spot. Rafael Nadal then ended the year with number 1 rankings.
However, Federer was extremely picky throughout the year as he took periodic breaks every now and then. It turned out to be a winning formula as whenever he came from break, he managed to win a title. He missed the whole clay season but came back to win the all-important Wimbledon. However, it meant that he played lesser tournaments and could not finish the year as number 1 ranked player.
“He was better throughout the year. He played more tournaments. He was incredibly successful throughout,” Federer said.
“So, no, I don’t have any regrets because I feel like in my stage of my competition, my age, either it comes to me or it doesn’t.
“He had more gas left in the tank than I did. I couldn’t play as much as I’ve wanted, or I overplayed anyway.
“My only regret was I would have loved to be in contention through the Montreal finals, Cincinnati, US Open.
“But things evaporated very quickly after he won the US Open. That’s when he made his final push, was in Asia. That was it for me really.
“In some ways I’m happy he clinched it because he deserves it. I can focus on playing the tournament, and not having to talk about that at the same time.
“But, sure, I would have loved to be it, but you can’t be it with that many tournaments, so it’s no problem for me.”
Nadal wants ATP Finals on Clay:
As the most formidable clay player on clay, Nadal suggested that the ATP world tour finals should be held on clay court. Currently, the tournament is held in O2 Arena London that is indoor hard court. However, Nadal has never managed to win tour finals and it is one title that Nadal desperately wants to conquer.
However, Federer insisted that hard court was a good choice instead of Nadal’s demand of it to be played on clay. Federer said that 3 Master titles are played on clay, however, none of Masters Tournament is played on grass which is preferred by Federer. When it comes to grand slams, French Open is played on clay whereas Wimbledon is the only one played on grass.
“‘Fair’? I’m not sure if it’s the right word. I think it’s right and fair that it’s indoors, as well,” Federer said.
“There is no Masters 1000s on grass. There is one Masters 1000 indoors: Paris. So I feel like indoors also deserves its place.
“Could it be switched up to clay once in a while? Yeah, maybe. Could we have more 1000s on grass?
“Yeah, we could have that, too. Could we have less on clay, more or hard courts? Could we have more or hard courts, less on clay?
“Yes, it’s all debatable. I think it’s not the time of the year for clay, so there you have it.
“You can do indoor clay, I guess, but that’s a bit silly. But I get his point.”
Both Federer and Nadal are playing in O2 Arena now where Federer is favorite to take the title. However, ending the year as number 2 will be the only missed opportunity in this fairytale year. Earlier, Federer managed to win 3 prestigious awards at ATP Awards Ceremony.