Wilander credits Federer's internal strength for his ascension as no. 1


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Wilander credits Federer's internal strength for his ascension as no. 1

Interviewed by L'Equipe, Mats Wilander spoke about Roger Federer's success. 'Everything is always about confidence,' said Wilander after Federer became the world no.

1 for the fourth time in his career after reaching the semi-final in Rotterdam. 'The fact that he has become the world no. 1 14 years after the first time is simply unbelievable. For me, it shows that Roger has this love for the game that goes beyond wins.

But what's most impressive about Federer is what we don't see. His biggest talent is not his serve or forehand. It's his love to learn and that passion for the game: he switches his racquet. He changes the technique of his backhand.

He changes tactics, doesn't play the way he did 14 years ago. He wants to learn every time he enters the court. We speak about his grace, the way he moves on the court. But it's this internal strength, this emotional, fragile and invisible part that puts him in ahead of everyone.

He beat (Rafael) Nadal last year four times in a row. He is the best. By far.' ALSO READ: Andre Agassi, Novak Djokovic congratulate Roger Federer! .