Federer is all set to end his two months break and said the second half of 2017 could be ‘epic’
A rejuvenated Roger Federer is committing to a full schedule in the second half of the season, saying that he had enough of practice and is hoping to continue his fairly tale. Fresh off a two-month break to rest his 35-year-old body, Federer returns to the ATP World Tour this week at the grass-court MercedesCup in Stuttgart.
“There are no more breaks now,” Federer told ATPWorldTour.com Monday. “I’ve had enough breaks. I’m a practice world champion now and that’s not who I want to be. I want to be a champ on the match courts. So I’m going to be playing a regular schedule for the second part of the season… And this is the beginning here at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart.
The 2017 season has been an outstanding journey for the two veterans and rivals Federer and Nadal. Federer won this year Australian open, Miami Open and BNP Paribas Open just after returning from a long break likewise Nadal too has registered his name as clay king after wining Monte-Carlo, Roland Garros and French open 2017. Nadal Marched at no. 2 ranking surpassing Roger Federer , Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka where as Federer is currently at no. 5. But Federer will hope to close that gap during the next five weeks on his favourite surface, grass. He’s playing the next two weeks in Stuttgart and Halle before taking a week off before chasing an eighth title at Wimbledon.
“I was terribly surprised to win the Australian Open and to back it up and win the sunshine double in Indian Wells and Miami was a complete surprise to me,” Federer said. “I think Rafa winning the French Open is less of a surprise because he’d done it nine times before… I was hoping he was going to dominate the clay-court season like the olden days.
“But I’m still surprised we were able to do it. It maybe had something to do with Murray having a bit of a letdown after his great finish to last year and Novak not playing his absolute best. We were able to take advantage of the fact that we were in great shape and came refreshed into the season after our injuries at the end of last year.”