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Federer says Masters Cup is now his 2005 objective

Federer says Masters Cup is now his 2005 objective
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LONDON, Aug 2 (Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer says winning the season-ending Masters Cup is his 2005 priority after claiming the Wimbledon title for the third year running.

Speaking to Swiss agency ATS from his holiday, Federer denied media reports he was suffering serious foot problems.

He said he would travel to this month's U.S. Open, where he is defending his title, without coach Tony Roche who would rejoin him for the Masters Cup in Shanghai in November.

"I have got lots of goals from here to the end of the season and I'm really looking forward to playing again," said Federer, who has not competed since winning Wimbledon in early July and will return at the Cincinnati Masters in mid-August.

Asked what was his top priority, Federer said: "Possibly the Masters Cup. I don't play often in Asia and I'm looking forward to returning to Shanghai.

"The other tournaments are essential for my ranking and it's often those ones that people remember at the end of your career."

The Swiss said that, on an emotional level, he was looking forward to playing in the Davis Cup playoff against Britain in September.

The winners will retain their place in the elite world group. Federer missed Switzerland's first round defeat by the Netherlands in March.

"(Winning) the Davis Cup remains one of the great goals of my career. At the beginning of every year I analyse my objectives -- in 2005 my main goal was to keep my number one ranking.

"One day my priority will be Roland Garros and one day it will be the Davis Cup."

Federer said he had made the right decision not to play in the March tie because of problems with his feet. These problems made him decide to miss the post-Wimbledon Gstaad tournament in Switzerland and the Montreal Masters starting on August 8.

"I went to see a doctor after Wimbledon and the scan confirmed my fears. I had to miss the Canadian tournament to avoid taking any risks.

"The nature of my injury has been exaggerated in the press. I consulted a doctor but there's nothing serious. I don't feel anything anymore."

Federer's tournament plan for the rest of 2005 is:

Cincinnati Masters - starts August 15

U.S. Open - starts August 29

Davis Cup - September 23-25

Thailand Open - starts September 26

Madrid Masters - starts October 17

Swiss Indoors - starts October 24

Paris Masters - starts October 31

Masters Cup - November 12
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hmm, what about US Open?
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maybe he's jinxing himself like when he said that FO was his aim!!
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"The nature of my injury has been exaggerated in the press. I consulted a doctor but there's nothing serious. I don't feel anything anymore."
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"The nature of my injury has been exaggerated in the press. I consulted a doctor but there's nothing serious. I don't feel anything anymore."

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im pretty sure his major goal is the us, mayb he doesnt want to much pressure on himself for the open or mayb the master is his top goal but somehow i dont think so. but most importantly his feet are all good.
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hmm, what about US Open?
The masters before the U.S. Open. Did JesusFed learn not to open his mouth that match as he did in Paris or the injury is worst than we think .

Right now he has five slams, 3, 1, 1 and is missing RG, and now foot issues Swiss jinx?

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It is interesting that he is playing down his US Open defence. He won't have too much hardcourt practice going into the US Open (especially if he does as poorly as has the past few years at Cincy) so he probably wants to make sure that he is not critisized and he doesn't feel bad about the loss, if he fails to defend his US Open title.

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Well, to win three straight TMCs would be great. He would be the first player since Lendl to do so (Lendl was the only one).

Have you noticed that whenever Fed has a shot at a record, it has something to do with Lendl?

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I agree but I hope his statement is genuine and not for the press.

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Re: Federer says Masters Cup is now his 2005 objective

The last time a Swiss wunderkid had foot injuries it ended in great disappointment for me. I just hope that Roger's is a minor problem
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Not sure why, TMC is a pup compared to the US Open. I bet he'll win both, anyway.

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He should also try his best at Cincy, Madrid and Paris, he is more than capable of winning them all and that would leave Monte Carlo and Rome left to complete a unique collection.

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I don't believe his feet is O.K. as he sais... This talk is at least six months old and it is getting worse and worse. Some people said it is because of his new Nike shoes. Does anybody knows if this is correct? And if not, what is the cause for these problems?
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