October 31st, 2014
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Roger Federer is feeling more confident about his game heading into the Tour Finals having enjoyed a confidence boosting fortnight in Europe.
Earlier this week the Swiss secured his place at the end of season extravaganza for the world’s top eight player for the 12th straight season but for a while it was in doubt, a strange position for the six-time champion to be in.
Federer arrived at his hometown event of Basel last week having not enjoyed any meaningful run in any event since he won the Halle title back in June. And after a sequence of losses to the likes of Sergiy Stakhovsky, Daniel Brands, Tommy Robredo and Gael Monfils, he freely admitted he needed a win against someone in the top ten.
He got his mojo back with a run to the final of the Swiss Indoors, battling through a couple of tough three setters along the way and putting rising star Grigor Dimitrov in his place. However Federer missed multiple opportunities as he fell to Juan Martin Del Potro in the Basel final for the second straight year and while he was happy to make the final again, he couldn’t hide his frustration.
But after this week’s run to the semis at the Paris Masters, Federer feels that his game is finally clicking again. He eased past Kevin Anderson and Philipp Kohlschreiber before crucially notching up a victory over Del Potro in the quarters.
“I think it was a good match from start to finish,” he said after the match. “That’s definitely good for my confidence, because those are the kind of wins I need right now.”
The two are set to meet for the third time in the past fortnight later this week after being drawn in the same group at the Tour Finals and Federer says that Del Potro could be even more dangerous after getting a little bit more of a breather before the action kicks off in London.
“He’s played a lot of tennis, so clearly he must be a little bit tired,” he said. “Maybe having a few more days off before London is going to actually make him more dangerous. I don’t know if it’s a good thing I beat him today. We will see how it goes for me.”
Federer begins his campaign at the Tour Finals against Novak Djokovic on Tuesday evening. It’s a rematch of the 2012 final but Federer will feel he’s in with a chance after pushing the Serb to three sets in the Paris semis.