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Roger Federer accepts his new status

Roger Federer accepts his new status

Melbourne Jan 14 (EFE) .- Despite having won the Australian Open four times, Roger Federer is considered this year as a “covered”, after spending almost six months without competing and seeing his ranking drop to 17th in the world, but the Swiss has accepted this new situation with humor, knowing that he is treading an unknown terrain in which he does not feel diminished.
“Why not a change?” He replied humorously when asked about his condition. “I’d rather be the favorite, but covered is fine,” he added.
“It’s fine. As long as I’m healthy and I feel like I can hold four or five sets and win a lot of matches in a row, then it will be fun, but if I feel pain then obviously it won’t be, ”said the 35-year-old Swiss. “Then it will not matter if you are seeded or your ranking,” added the former world number one, who will start with a player from the previous phase.
Virtually no play since losing at Wimbledon last year, with a stint at the Hopman Cup six months later, Federer commented that what he has missed the most in all this time has been “what it feels like to win.”
“Also see the companions, because this is like an extension of the family,” he recalled. When you arrive you see faces you haven’t seen in a long time. And it’s nice to see you again. It’s good to see them every year, and I haven’t been able to enjoy that in the past six months, ”he said.
Federer commented that “everything is under control” and that he felt great, while his participation in the Hopman Cup was a “great preparation”
«We will see if it was perfect or not, but the conditions are very similar. The center court in Perth is a similar size to here and the speed felt the same, “said Federer who admitted he was happy because Andy Murray appeared in the tournament as world number one.
“I know Andy is not 18 years old, but he knows everything he needs to know and I don’t think his ranking will change him in a big way. He deserves where he is, because he has fought it for a long time. He has had important defeats, and great victories. And what he has done is formidable for him and for this sport, “said Federer. EFE.

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