Roger Federer believes that he is not the favourite to win the ATP Finals in London. The Swiss is coming from winning his ninth Basel title and losing to Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters semifinals, but he is cautious about his chances in the year-end event.
Was the number 100 relevant for you in the match today and how do you see it in relation to London? 'Not really. I never aimed to achieve 100 titles here in Paris. Of course, when you are in the semis and are like 4 points away from the victory, you might start thinking that it could be possible, but I didn’t let this distract me.
I just hoped to play a good tournament here. The fact that I even managed to get so far in the tournament and so close to the final was a big surprise to me. I prefer not to think about the 100th title before such a big tournament like London where players like Djokovic participate because he is the favourite.
I hope to play a good tournament and we’ll see how far I go.' Federer took what's positive from the loss to Djokovic: 'I am satisfied. I didn't get broken by the best returner in the world for more than 3 hours.
That's why it was a good performance for my part. I surely missed a few chances in these 3 hours, he did too. We'd surely both look back and think "What would have happened if..." It was a bit of a tough match for me because I was behind most of the time but I fought back and remained calm.
It was tight in the end but unfortunately, it wasn't enough. That's why I am disappointed but I'm still happy with the tournament.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer explains why he is not the greatest player ever