Roger Federer: 'I play for titles, but being No. 1 again would mean a lot'


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Roger Federer: 'I play for titles, but being No. 1 again would mean a lot'

Roger Federer's day After his eighth Wimbledon and 19th Grand Slam title never ended. The Swiss player celebrated his historical success until the first hours of the morning. First he attended with the official Champions Dinner his wife Mirka, then they enjoyed the night in a less formal way.

'My head's ringing,' Federer admitted in the All England Club main interview room on Monday morning. 'I don't know what I did last night. I drank too many types of drinks, I guess.

After the ball we went to – what would you call it? I guess it's a bar – and there were almost 30 to 40 friends that were there. So we had a great time. Got to bed at five, then woke up, and just didn't feel good.

The last hour or so I'm somewhat OK again. So I'm happy with that. We had a good time.' Years go on, and despite they had tough moments, Fab Fours (or two this year) dominate. Next Generation is there, but it is not as strong and consistent as veteran players.

'Every generation definitely is different. Since my generation and Rafa's generation, yes, the next one hasn't been strong enough to push all of us out really. So that has been helpful for us to stick around.' The almost 36-year-old thinks younger players should change their tactics and not to have necessarily longer rallies with the biggest players of the Tour during the whole match.

'They can choose not to play that way, if the coach has taught them to play differently. I know you can easily get sucked into that mode when you don't want to attack, but if you can't volley you are not going to go to the net.

Almost every player here I played wouldn't serve and volley, it's frightening to me, to see this at this level, I look at the stats and go into whatever round it is and see that the guy I'm going to face is playing two per cent of serve and volley throughout the championship.

I'm going "Okay, I know he's not going to serve and volley, which is great." Then we are talking about grass, and it was playing fast this week and I feel like I wish that we would see more coaches, more players taking chances up at net because good things do happen there, and you want to be there and have to spend some time up there to feel confident and good there', said Federer, who this year at Wimbledon won 106 net points in 7 matches.

He had another interesting answer when asked about who are his biggest sports inspirations. 'I get inspired in a big way by the likes of Usain Bolt, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Valentino Rossi or Michael Schumacher, guys who did things for a very long time at the highest of levels.

I would marvel at what they did when I was younger. I couldn't understand how they would get ready, day in, day out, practice, giving it 100%. I struggled with that in a big way when I was younger. Eventually I have found my way to see what is possible and how to motivate myself.

It's been really important in my life to be surrounded by inspiring figures. I take it mostly from sporting legends.' He also spoke obviously about his future. 'The target now is to enjoy being Wimbledon champion for a year, and Australian Open champion and you name it.

So, I haven't sets sights on a number of Grand Slams that I have to or want to achieve. I never really had that; I was very content at 17, I must tell you. Of course, I was going to be happier at 18 and I'm even happier at 19.

But 17 was a wonderful number so I think for me it's just about enjoying myself, staying healthy and then we'll see what happens. I'm playing for titles at this stage in my career; rankings not so much unless I'm as close as I am right now so I just have to check the situation – if it's worth it to run after it or not.

I think it's going to be a three or four-way race or two-way race between me and Rafa Nadal. I hope it's me and not Rafa because it means a lot to me to get back to no. 1.' His schedule by now until the end of the year will be more or less the same of the one he had until 2015.

He said he is unsure about playing Rogers Cup in Montreal, while he plans to play surely Cincinnati, US Open, Laver Cup in Prague, then Shanghai, European hard-court season (Basel, probably Paris Bercy, ATP Finals).

But first of all he will take a rest by going to Corsica, where he will stay with his wife Mirka and four children. ALSO READ: Mats Wilander: 'Roger Federer is playing better than ten years ago' .