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Federer hints at schedule change amid Nadal chase for year-end world No.1

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The Swiss – who crashed out at the quarter-finals stage in New York – is nearly 2000 points behind the world No. 1 with just four events left that he was planning to play.
After his defeat to Juan Martin del Potro at Flushing Meadows, he insisted his schedule was set, saying: ‘Now I have Laver Cup, Shanghai, Basel, Paris and London. That’s my schedule, and it won’t change.’

However, the 36-year-old has now cast doubt on those plans, with Paris potentially set to become a casualty.
‘Next weeks will be extremely important with Shanghai, Basel, maybe Paris and ATP Finals in London,’ he told Blick.
‘My goal is to get to Shanghai early, maybe on Friday. Basel will take priority over Bercy.’

Federer’s motivation to skip Paris is likely to be largely due to Nadal’s extended rankings lead.
The Masters 1000 event offers more ranking points than Basel – although the draw to return to Switzerland is always great for the world No. 2 – and should the gap for top spot be tighter, he would perhaps be less likely to skip it.
And Federer admitted the chase for world No. 1 has become a ‘secondary’ goal as he focuses on his own fitness, particularly in light of the back injury that hampered him in Montreal and forced him to skip Cincinnati.

‘It [the year-end world No. 1 ranking] became a little bit secondary for me as Nadal got far away,’ he added.
‘I will focus on myself and I will play only when I am ready.
Roger Federer hints at schedule change amid Rafael Nadal chase | Metro News
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I think Fed realizes his mistake of playing Montreal to reach #1 which not only cost him #1 but also the USO. So he doesn't want to repeat that mistake by unnecessarily stressing his health and is gearing up for the next goal, the WTF.

It's a pity he can't skip Basel for Paris. The home tournament sentiment unfortunately costs him 1000 points.
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This man really doesn't like to fight when he's not the favourite.
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It [the year-end world No. 1 ranking] became a little bit secondary for me as Nadal got far away,’ he added.
‘I will focus on myself and I will play only when I am ready.

I think this is logical and sound reasoning. Taking care of health for the +30 year olds is most important and shouldn't be jeopardized if longevity is a priority. And for both FedEx and Nadal that is a priority according to numerous interviews.
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This man really doesn't like to fight when he's not the favourite.
If Fed's fit, and still not the favorite for Shanghai, Paris, and WTF, who is?
Don't tell me Nadal. Nadal will likely not make the semis at any of those events. I give him an outside chance in the WTF since it is round robin, so he can get away with 1 upset loss.

You tards should be thanking your lucky stars that USTA decided to revert to clay courts, and Fed messed up his back. Else defeat number 4 for the year was on the cards, and this fake #1 reign would have ended at US Open. Enjoy while it lasts.
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I think Fed realizes his mistake of playing Montreal to reach #1 which not only cost him #1 but also the USO. So he doesn't want to repeat that mistake by unnecessarily stressing his health and is gearing up for the next goal, the WTF.

It's a pity he can't skip Basel for Paris. The home tournament sentiment unfortunately costs him 1000 points.

What should have he done? Not play tournaments from Wimbledon to the USO? Risky move. And he could have gotten injured anyway.
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it would be dissapionting if he didnt try and go for a second paris indoors, this could be a huge chance for him

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No surprise that he is not going to overplay and risk another injury on his back just to have some more weeks at #1.

From Roger's point of view I think he really only cares about adding majors to make sure he has the record. If he gets #1 in the process the better, but he is not going to risk the chance to win another major (AO 2018) for it, especially since Nadal is so far away from his record of weeks at #1.

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i don't think montreal was a mistake. It was unfortunate but not a mistake.

Man had a month between Wimbledon and Montreal to rest and prepare. And if he skipped Montreal, he'd have definitely played in Cincy - right the next week. Doesn't make sense to say Montreal was a 'greedy mistake', when he got 4 weeks rest & recovery instead of 5, in a season when apart from self-imposed exiles, one does not get a month between tourneys to rest except right after the Australian Open.

But this decision/hint makes sense.Before this season began, Federer, never in his wildest dreams, thought he'd be battling for #1 at any point this year. He's played the last 2 years or so with laser-focus on Slams and he plays because a) he likes playing and b) thinks he is good enough to 'get hot and snag another slam or two'. But #1 ? not his goal.

It sort of 'dangled' in front of him like a juicy low-hanging fruit after Wimbledon, which is why he moved Montreal into his schedule. But once he got injured, he most likely realized that a very outside shot at matching Sampras's record at year-end #1 is not worth jeopardizing winning another slam or two.


If you think about it, the off season isn't very long either.
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It's not really a change, since him playing in Paris was never a certainty. It was always more like maybe he'd play, if Rafa is within his reach. Despite what he said.

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That's fine. He can skip anything he wants except for WTF.

The only thing that matters is his health. When healthy, he can win anything and everything.

It's a shame that the tennis gods can be so cruel and unfair, but if he withdraws from everything bar WTF - that would be fine.

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He should've played Cincy-USO. I don't think he would've got injured at Cincy cause he can hit through the court so doesn't have to stress his back much on a faster HC. That Cincy HC is so beautiful and true. I've seen it live and it's a dream to play on that HC for any fast HC player. In Montreal, he was unfit and unprepared to start with. And that worsened because mugs like Ferret couldn't take him out. Finally he met someone who had the game to beat him like Zverev and Fed's back worsened because Zverev overpowered him and stretched him wide on his FH a lot.
Too much speculation. If he played both and got injured in the second one instead of resting for the USO it'd be a different story.
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I think the issue is lack of clear intent on Fed's prep more than anything. The bottomline is that he played Montreal on a whim hoping he could bullshit his way to a MS title without proper preparation and planning and get #1 by Cincy. That cost him both the #1, USO and most probably YE#1.

Would Fed fans really be complaining/grieving if Fed had picked up an injury after Cincy? Nope, we would've taken it in our stride and cursed dull's luck even more. We would've felt sorry for Fed. Anyway let bygones be bygones but the reason why it hurts (which I find baffling many Fed fans still don't get) is that this may have been Fed's last best chance to win US Open with DJ missing.

Next year, DJ will be back, dull maybe irrelevant but I'm sure knowing Fed's luck, DJ will be playing at 200% just for USO even if he flunked the whole year. Kinda like Wim 14, where he was shit the entire tournament but peaked out of nowhere in that final.
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I would be highly surprised if Federer went AWOL on his fitness and court-time until just a week before a masters.
typically, 'taking it easy' still means gym work for all players, just 1-2 less court session per day or taking the odd court session day off.

Sure, factor in Federer is a married man with family and 35+, who does go on vacation with his family, so its possible.

But if at this age, i.e., 35+, with his history of back problems, if he is dumb enough to 'BS his way and get fit during a tourney', well then, chalk it up to a chink in his armour and why he deserves criticism for being an idiot.
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