Roger Federer believes he can win 18th Grand Slam
Tennis Star Roger Federer, who is staging a comeback at next month�s Australian Open, firmly believes that he can still challenge for the for the biggest prizes and can win 18th Grand Slam.
Tennis Star Roger Federer, who is staging a comeback at next month’s Australian Open, firmly believes that he can still challenge for the for the biggest prizes and can win 18th Grand Slam.
Federer has been sidelined since Wimbledon, knee surgery in February and then another setback at the All England Club in July restricted him to seven winless tournaments in 2016.
Roger Federer added last Grand Slam in his trophy cabinet in 2012. However, even after going through the bad form Federer said, “You would hope it’s around the corner and if it’s not, it’s not.” The now world No.16 was speaking at a teleconference ahead of his return to the court at the Hopman Cup in Perth, starting on New Year’s Day.
“The mindset is always very positive that it can happen, or it should happen or that I’m doing everything that I possibly can to achieve that.”
“So I always speak very positively in my team about my chances of still achieving another grand slam and winning those big matches when it matters, and putting in everything you can physically to be in tip-top shape when that grand slam final or semi comes around,” he added.
Federer has lost three grand slam finals to Novak Djokovic - and also reached five other semis - since hoisting his 17th major trophy at Wimbledon four and a half years ago.
To land another major in 2017, Federer who is turning 36 next will have to become the oldest men’s grand slam singles winner since Australian great Ken Rosewall won the 1972 Australian Open as a 37-year-old.
“I’ve been awfully close the last few years but that doesn’t count because it wasn’t winning,” Federer said.
“But Novak did have an incredible run these last few years and it was hard to break through him for anybody, but also myself.
“It’s also up to us to reinvent ourselves, to come up with a plan: how can you beat Novak?,” Federer said.