Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Roger Federer: I'm Happy To Stick At 20

Roger Federer insists he is happy to stick at 20 with no visions of claiming the outright record for Grand Slam singles titles, Skysports reports.

The 36-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down after moving four clear of Rafael Nadal in the overall men’s standings with a compelling five-set victory over Marin Cilic in the Australian Open final on Sunday.

That took him to fourth on the all-time list behind Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf, who have 24, 23 and 22 respectively.

Federer has won three of the last five tournaments but said of his chances of reaching 24: “I don’t think so. I didn’t think 20 was ever possible. I think it’s too far. I never thought about it to be honest but those numbers are surreal and they’re amazing. I’m very happy if it stays at 20.

“I’m just very excited that I have nothing going on in the next couple of weeks. It’s all quiet so I can just take time to celebrate. Number 20 is super special so we’ll try to make the most of it. It’s one of the great moments in my career.”

Federer will now take time to decide on his schedule, with the most pressing issue being whether he will play in Dubai at the end of February.

Meanwhile, Australian Open’s  surprise package Hyeon Chung has revealed that he was “unfortunate” to retire from his semi-final clash with Roger Federer.

The South Korean star was one of the most uplifting stories of the tournament as he ground his way to the semi-final of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.

The world number 58 even beat former champion Novak Djokovic on his way to setting up a last four tie with Federer.

The Swiss star eventually went on to win the competition by beating Maric Cilic in five sets on Sunday.

But Chung was still delighted with how he fared Down Under and now wants to continue the momentum when he next returns to action.

“I will do my best to stay in form so that I don’t have to quit in the middle of a match next time,” Chung told Chosun.com.

“The most memorable match was the one against Novak Djokovic.

“There was no guarantee that I would have beaten Federer even if I was in my best form, but it was unfortunate that my feet were injured when I faced him.”



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