'At the Australian Open of 2010 I had the opportunity to grab the number one spot. And after that I also had little points to defend, but I got injured.'
'It was a very rough time for me. I doubted if I'd ever play tennis again, the doctors didn't know exactly what was wrong with my wrist. I sat back home, was very sad. I followed the tennis on tv and constantly thought when I saw my colleagues play: That should've been me up there.'
'My state of mind is a whole lot different now compared to what it was in 2010. I'm happy just to play tennis again. My wrist is ok, it's getting better every day. Sometimes it still hurts when it's very humid out there.'
'I'm closing in on my level of play in the past. In the future I hope to challenge the guys for world #1, but I still have a long way to go.'
'Novak is the deserving world #1, although Rafael Nadal is closer than he was in 2011. To challenge the #1 spot my game needs to improve a bit. I always need to play aggressive, that was how I was able to beat everyone, I proved that at the US Open in 2009. I just need a bit more time to make my game a 100%.'
'By losing a couple times against the top guys, I learn how to win against them. I know how to play against Novak. I lost to him at Roland Garros, but in the Davis Cup I beat him. He retired, but still. When I'm fully fit, I think and I hope that I can become better than Novak.'
Not feeling like translating the entire thing, just did the JMDP quotes.
What are your thoughts MTF, can and will he? I highly doubt it, but at least it's the right attitude from him.