Federer sets sights on 20 Grand Slams. From O. Thanks.
Posted by tennisplanet on August 12, 2010
It’s nice to hear Roger’s aim of winning 20 slams, and he
consider it a realistic goal exactly like anyone else can perceive it from his results. With Nadal in top form, we should have a lot good tennis coming from these two all time best players.
Federer sets sights on 20 Grand Slams
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LONDON (AP)—Roger Federer has set himself a target of reaching at least 20 Grand Slam titles before he retires.
The 29-year-old Swiss took his tally to 16 with a victory at the Australian Open earlier this year, but he failed to get beyond the quarterfinals at either the French Open or Wimbledon and has dropped to No. 3 in the world rankings, his lowest position since November 2003.
However, despite his recent form, Federer told the BBC that winning 20 majors is a realistic aim.
“I believe that having won three Grand Slams per season three times, and two per year a couple of times, it’s something doable for me,” he said. “I only play 16-20 tournaments per year, so I’m not overplaying, and that keeps the fire burning.”
Federer, who is regarded by many as the greatest ever player, overtook Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon in 2009. By winning the French Open a month earlier, he became only the sixth man in history to win a career Grand Slam.
But his aura of invincibility has faded in recent months: he has not won a title of any kind since the Australian Open, and his quarterfinal loss to Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon marked the first time he failed to make the final at the All England Club since 2002.
Federer, who is married with 1-year-old twin daughters, denied his motivation had waned.
“I’m giving 100 percent for each and every tournament that I play because I don’t play a ton of tournaments,” he said. “Tournaments like Toronto this week and Cincinnati next week are important to me, too. The motivation is huge for the next few years and obviously if I can win Grand Slams that’s fantastic, but they are not the only motivation over the next few years.”
However, Federer did admit that his body requires more attention than it used to.
“Being a teenager is different to being 23, and being 23 is very different to say being 28. Today, I know my body better than ever,” Federer said. “Some things take a little bit longer to recover from with age but I can prevent more problems by doing a lot more stretching, physical work, practice, massages. I’m doing everything much more professionally today than I ever have before.
“But then of course there’s no denying that I’ve played almost a thousand matches in my life and that obviously has a big wear and tear on your body, too, so you have to be a little bit more careful.”
Federer is playing at the Rogers Cup in Toronto this week, his first tournament since beginning a trial spell with Sampras’ former coach Paul Annacone.
He will target his 17th Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open, which begins on Aug. 30.