Roger Federer will drop down to the second place of the ATP rankings on Monday, April 2nd, as a result of his loss to Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round of the Miami Open. The Swiss could still return to the throne without playing in the next two months, as Rafael Nadal will have to defend a lot of points during the clay season.
But the 36-year-old stressed that the ranking is not a priority for him anymore: 'It's less important,' he explained. 'The most important thing was to be back (as the world no. 1) in Rotterdam. I always said that finishing the year as no.
1 wasn't a goal. For that, I have to win Grand Slams, Masters 1000, and not lose in the first round like now. This loss in Miami will hurt me for the first place, but it doesn't matter. I am looking forward to take a good break and train well in order to be really in a good shape for the second half of the season.' He also spoke about his current and future strategy: 'The main goal is to play as long as possible, not to defend anything.
I want to win Grand Slams and Masters 1000 again.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer reveals a big punishment he got at the age of 18