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Old 02-26-2013, 06:58 AM   #1
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Default Federer: No. 1 realistic if he’s playing ‘absolutely great’

Good to know that Federer still believes. From tennis.com:


Federer: No. 1 realistic if he’s playing ‘absolutely great’


World No. 2 Roger Federer says he still has a chance to reclaim the No. 1 ranking, but it will take an extraordinary year to so do. The 31-year-old Swiss is playing a more limited schedule in 2013, including skipping the Miami Masters. After Indian Wells, where Federer is defending his title and 1,000 points, he will take seven weeks off until Madrid, which begins on May 5. Federer is currently 3,105 points behind No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

“It’s definitely realistic if I’m playing great, but I need to play absolutely great,” Federer told reporters in Dubai, where he is also defending his title and 500 points. “I can play great, but will I be allowed to? Time will tell. My big focus is on making sure that every tournament I enter I am perfectly prepared. I am hopeful I will get enough matches, but if not my schedule can be changed. I need to make sure I have enough time off, so that when 2014 comes I am in a position with options, which I almost wasn’t this year to a degree.”

Federer, who won his record 17th Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon last summer, added that he is capable of winning more majors. He has not won a major off grass since the 2010 Australian Open.

“I strongly believe I have more Slams in me,” Federer said. “Which Slam do I favor -- does Wimbledon over-weigh the rest? Maybe, but looking back there have been amazing moments with each Slam. It depends how long I play. But I don’t want to be depending on that. I am trying to be smart with my schedule. I am practicing more. Your prime is 23 to 27 or 28 so for me it’s very challenging -- and exciting. I need to make the right decisions. I have family and not many guys have that.”
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:05 AM   #2
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Skipping Miami, MC and having to defend IW and Madrid, I don't think #1 is very realistic, he will have enough trouble staying at #2. More Slams is much more possible.
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#2?! You're kidding.
If Fed finishes #2 by the of season, I'll donate my right kidney
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no Fed, sorry, that ship has sailed
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Fed has basically just stated he's gearing up for 2014. 2013 is the 'i need to relax a little bit' year
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#2?! You're kidding.
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Default Re: Federer: No. 1 realistic if he’s playing ‘absolutely great’

"Realistic" here means "it's not impossible" imo

anyway, in the context of the question, it may sound different.

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My big focus is on making sure that every tournament I enter I am perfectly prepared.
That is more serious because it's concrete, and so far what have we seen ?
- Rotterdam : only started practising on sunday before the tournament
- Dubai : went to southAfrica and also started practising very late

and after Dubai, he only has one tournament left before holidays and, let's hope, "real practising" then.

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I am hopeful I will get enough matches, but if not my schedule can be changed.
also a more serious quote
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Default Re: Federer: No. 1 realistic if he’s playing ‘absolutely great’

It's great that he's doing this, taking time off, because he's clearly sucking since the start of this season.

When 'great' Federer shows up, we all know what he can do to Djokovic and Murray. Let's hope he does show up again!

I will be very surprised if he doesn't win at least 3 more slams in the next 4 years, because he is so good on all surfaces. All he needs is a good day and a favorable draw, one where he doesnt need to beat BOTH Murray and Djokovic, let them kick eachother out for once.

It's funny to see Federer as the underdog of the top 3 right now, but this will put more pressure on the other 2.
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Federer, who won his record 17th Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon last summer, added that he is capable of winning more majors. He has not won a major off grass since the 2010 Australian Open.
This part made me laugh. It reads as though he still cleans up at Wimbledon every year.
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Is Novak going on a break, too? He has no points to gain at Wimbledon, either. So....umm....yeah. Good luck with that.
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Roger is getting old. 32-years-old...


But. Rog is the greatest.


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It's great that he's doing this, taking time off, because he's clearly sucking since the start of this season.

When 'great' Federer shows up, we all know what he can do to Djokovic and Murray. Let's hope he does show up again!

I will be very surprised if he doesn't win at least 3 more slams in the next 4 years, because he is so good on all surfaces. All he needs is a good day and a favorable draw, one where he doesnt need to beat BOTH Murray and Djokovic, let them kick eachother out for once.

It's funny to see Federer as the underdog of the top 3 right now, but this will put more pressure on the other 2.
One of the most deluded posts i've seen in my weeks time on here.
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Is Novak going on a break, too? He has no points to gain at Wimbledon, either. So....umm....yeah. Good luck with that.
he didn't put such a short time line on the statement.
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