Roger Federer won his 99th career title at the Swiss Indoors in Basel and the 37-year-old had the chance to win his 100th this week at the Rolex Paris Masters, but he lost to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.
Federer was asked about possibly getting to the special milestone that would have separated him Connors by just nine titles. 'I know that winning titles is not easy,' said Federer. 'All of a sudden they do not happen for a while.
So you just got to take one at a time. And when they happen, you party like a rock star. Now that I have 99 it's so exciting because every tournament from now on that I play I will always have a chance to win 100.' Federer also asked about what he thought of facing young guys who considered him as a childhood idol: 'I do not think of it too often to be quite honest.
It's only when I hear interviews from them or I get asked: "Oh did you hear that so and so said that you were his superhero, and he feels bad to beat you." And I am like: "Oh God, this is going to be more complicated than I thought as it would be." So yes it affects me a little bit, and I try to be nice to any new guy on Tour and make him feel welcome.' Asked how his Japanese language skill was, now that he has become a Uniqlo ambassador, Federer commented: 'Very average but I just had a wonderful trip in Japan so I am learning.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title