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Roger Federer chasing titles, not top ranking


GENEVA: Roger Federer is no longer chasing the highest rating and would rather be a contender at Grand Slams than scuffling with Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal to be world number one, the Swiss tennis nice stated on Friday.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has held again the clock within the twilight of his remarkable occupation and became the ATP's oldest world number one remaining year a couple of weeks after clinching his sixth Australian Open on the age of 36.

Federer saw his bid for a 7th name at Melbourne Park crushed remaining month via up-and-coming Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas within the remaining 16 and having slipped to sixth within the ratings, he says his priorities have shifted.

"For me the ranking, at 37 years old, is no longer really the priority," he instructed a information convention in Geneva.

"But the theory for me is to be in excellent well being, to understand that I can win tournaments, to understand that I can beat them (Djokovic and Nadal), and after that this is a pleasure.

"As soon as you're feeling that you have no likelihood and all, then it's a drawback. Even if my rating is going down additional, it isn't a problem for me. As long as I say I can win a Grand Slam as I did two years in the past with a world rating of 17, the whole thing is in place. I like to be ranked 17th than 3rd and not win a Grand Slam or tournament."

Federer stated he plans to play the Dubai Championships in February and Masters occasions in Indian Wells and Miami in March earlier than deciding which tournaments he would play within the leadup to the French Open.

Federer, speaking at a launch for the Laver Cup which is being held in Geneva from Sept. 20-22, was hoping that compatriot Stan Wawrinka and world number one Djokovic would sign up for him and Spaniard Nadal on the European crew.

Federer, who's from Basel, stated he used to be glad to be again in Switzerland for a couple of weeks, spending time with friends and family while coaching.


Sweden's Bjorn Borg is captain of the Europe crew on the tournament named after Australian tennis nice Rod Laver.


Nadal has introduced he'll sign up for his perennial rival within the Laver Cup, which pits the most efficient of Europe towards a world crew still to be named.


"I can't wait. We talked about it in Melbourne, we talked about how excited he (Nadal) used to be and me too that we are going to be on the identical crew once more," Federer stated.


"We don't know the opponents' crew slightly but, it's a excellent thing Rafa goes to be on my crew, and it is on house soil for me in Switzerland, it is indoors, I really like indoors," he stated.


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