Roger Federer dropped down to the sixth rankings place following the Australian Open, which puts him in a much different situation than June 2018 when he was at the top of the rankings. But in an interview in Geneva on Friday, the Basel native said that he focuses on different goals. "For me the ranking, at 37 years old, is no longer really the priority.
But the idea for me is to be in good health, to know that I can win tournaments, to know that I can beat them (Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal), and after that it is a pleasure. As soon as you feel that you have no chance and all, then it's a problem.
Even if my ranking goes down further, it's not a problem for me. As long as I say I can win a Grand Slam as I did two years ago with a world ranking of 17, everything is in place. I prefer to be ranked 17th than third and not win a Grand Slam or tournament", said Federer.
On how it will feel like to play the Laver Cup in his country, he added: "I can't wait. We talked about it in Melbourne, we talked about how excited he (Nadal) was and me too that we're going to be on the same team again.
We don't know the opponents' team quite yet, it's a good thing Rafa is going to be on my team, and it's on home soil for me in Switzerland, it's indoors, I like indoors." Asked if he will play the Geneva Open, he concluded: "In 2019 I will not be, but for 2020 nothing was decided yet."