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Federer's priorities are puzzling

I don't understand Federer's priorities or maybe I'm misinterpreting them or he's playing mindgames but I'm just going to interpret what the articles say and Federer's basically said it's a joke to win 3 slams at his age.

I totally get that winning 3 slams at his age would be an unbelievable achievement. I'm just questioning the language used because somewhere I feel has he lost his desire to win more grand slams? I'm not saying he should win 3 slams otherwise hes not good but when you're in the best form in so many years with a great chance to win USO , why say this at all?

Quite frankly when a player loses his desire to win slams, he's done in my book. Maybe he's right in playing Montreal over Cincy if it was a truly strategic move but saying winning 3 slams in a year is a joke didn't sound good.

I just hope this is something he said to weigh down the expectations because this is the first time he's said something like this.
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I don't think words or use of language is relevant to what you do on the tennis court.
Heck, words spoken often aren't even relevant to words thought.
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Re: Federer's priorities are puzzling

I have to agree with this. I was also irritated by his statements about the US Open. Federer, unlike Nadal, has never been understated his chances to win a tournament. Stating him winning the US Open to be "a joke" is worrying, indeed.

I guess we need to realise that while winning the Australian Open was an unexpected miracle, winning Wimbledon was his primary goal. Now that Federer achieved that, it would be normal to struggle mentally, despite loving the game. I also had the impression that he did not enjoy playing tennis in Montreal at all.

I don't know... i somehow have a bad feeling about the US Open. I hope i'm wrong.
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It's likely his focus shifted from winning slams to the YE#1 race. He felt good when practicing after his post-Wimbledon vacation, so he decided to start in Montreal and see how his body would hold up. Then he pulled out of Cincinnati because of his back. I'm thinking he got a little greedy and paid for it.
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Re: Federer's priorities are puzzling

I'm pretty sure he uses the word 'joke' to emphasize the 'absurdity' of winning 3 Slams at 36. It's such a superlative achievement that it can't be adressed seriously. Therefore, it's a joke.

Also: “I’ll definitely try and get myself organized, prepared and ready so that I’ll have the best chance to do well at the US Open”

So don't worry, he'll play his best to win.
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Heck, words spoken often aren't even relevant to words thought.
Or in your case, words aren't connected to thought, period!

As for Federer's quote, I saw an interview where he said that and he just meant winning 3 slams at his age would be so unreal you could just laugh at it. Non-thread.
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Re: Federer's priorities are puzzling

Like I said, whatever Federer says holds no relevance.
These are just interviews, not a session with a psychologist, and not a conversation with family/friends.
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I agree with Fed, it would be a joke. A 36 year old shouldn't be winning 3 slams. That's why I'm hoping for a young guy to finally rise up at the highest level.
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I don't think winning any number of slams is a joke this year.....In a year when Murray and Djokovic are at their worst, and Nishikori/Wawrinka fading away, Federer and Nadal were always going to be the slam-winners, regardless of age.
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I remember Federer's reaction after losing the USO09 F to Del Potro. Even though it was one of the worse and possibly the important choke job of his career, he didn't seem overwhelmed or sad by it. I think he even said something like "It's been an incredible year for me" or something to that effect. I think he was already satissfied with having 2GS to his name that season and so the USO just seemed like a nice bonus.
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lol... There's nothing wrong with Federer's winning mentality. He might (or might not) have slightly shifted his focus to #1 ranking instead of putting himself under pressure of another slam, but rest assured, his motivation is perfectly intact. He's just too PR compliant to spell it out. He genuinely believes that winning 3 slams in a year at 35-36 is a joke, because younger players should never allow that to happen.
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I have to agree with this. I was also irritated by his statements about the US Open. Federer, unlike Nadal, has never been understated his chances to win a tournament. Stating him winning the US Open to be "a joke" is worrying, indeed.

I guess we need to realise that while winning the Australian Open was an unexpected miracle, winning Wimbledon was his primary goal. Now that Federer achieved that, it would be normal to struggle mentally, despite loving the game. I also had the impression that he did not enjoy playing tennis in Montreal at all.

I don't know... i somehow have a bad feeling about the US Open. I hope i'm wrong.
same here. This whole run up to USO has been just weird to say the least, I don't care if it's the farewell tour but it just doesn't feel like his previous run ups. It's like he's half hearted about it and I wish this whole YE#1 crap just stop.
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Well, talking about priorities here is a wrong concept because winning US Open will massively help him to end the year as No1 so these two goals go together and not as alternative objectives.
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Re: Federer's priorities are puzzling

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Quite frankly when a player loses his desire to win slams, he's done in my book. Maybe he's right in playing Montreal over Cincy if it was a truly strategic move but saying winning 3 slams in a year is a joke didn't sound good.
Eh, here's how I think it went down.

Goes to Montreal "let's see how it's going"

Doesn't crash out early and makes the final "eh, now I have the points!"

Decides to have an extra week off to prep for the USO.

I don't agree with the move. I think he should have played Cincy - reaching the finals would have put him in as number one. I don't care about the USO this year, I think reaching number 1 is more important.
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Re: Federer's priorities are puzzling

So this is what Federer said -

"That would be a joke, if I won three slams this year out of nowhere," said Federer.

"I know if I stay in shape there are chances for me to do well at the US Open, but to win it? Yeah, at some stage I almost feel like I have to be realistic. "

Realistic? Why the hell is he talking about what's realistic? He's never used this type of language ever, like not even at French Open facing Nadal.

Article - Roger Federer: 'Winning two slams this year is plenty, to win a third would be a joke' - US Open 2017 - Tennis - Eurosport
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