Roger Federer set to reign as No.1

August 21, 2012

ATP Tennis News

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Roger Federer is set to remain world No.1 after the US Open (AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN)

Roger Federer has said that it was important to go number one and he wants to keep his reign for a long time. His lead of nearly 900 points against Novak Djokovic in Cincinnati will allow him to stay in the lead after the U.S. Open. Djokovic has to defend 2000 points and Federer defends only 720.

“Being number one is certainly a goal that I always had.” Says Roger. “When you lose leadership, you want it back. Then you spend three months, six months and you realize that it is becoming increasingly difficult. I know that it takes one or two Slams or at least between five and ten tournament wins to achieve it. Like the World Tour Finals, you have to win the big tournaments and beat regularly the other top-5 and top-10 players. If you cannot do all this, you can hardly come back to be number one and you have to be strong mentally. “

“It takes hard work, dedication, sacrifice, moving all the people involved. And when you do it, it’s a great feeling, because you know that does not happen by accident. I think for the long term I want to be there as long as I can. I have to be comfortable with myself. “

The Swiss will be unassailable at least until October, when Nole will try to be in Beijing and Shanghai. But it seems almost impossible for the Serbian (only one to have a mathematical chance) to remove Federer from the satisfaction of having the 300 weeks at the top, which (with the exception of Roger have a disaster in New York and Shanghai and his contemporary Djokovic wins) will most likely be enacted until October 21st. The 377 weeks of being No.1 by Graf remain distant, but never say never…

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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