Roger Federer could have hold 21 Grand Slam titles if he had converted one of the two consecutive match points he had during this year's Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic. Instead, he lost 13-12 in the fifth set. Speaking to CGTN in Shanghai about his future goals, the Basel native hinted he looks to have more success despite the big disappointment he suffered at the All England Club.
"I'm trying to achieve as much as possible that I can control", said Federer. "It was cool to get the 100 titles' achievement in Dubai this year. That was something extraordinary for me. Of course every record is there to be broken and so forth.
But what Rafa and Novak have done is tremendous and crazy and they will achieve more as well, I know that. But I am on the tour trying to stretch my lead but I am also on tour to try to win more Grand Slam and other titles and have a good time.
Also, the new generation is knocking on the door. So there is a lot going on. But I enjoy my rivarly with Novak and Rafa and others. We have so many. I enjoy (playing with) my rivals that we have so many stories and highlights in tennis."
"My fitness coach will always let me know if I feel like I have one more year to play so you do not have to do fitness sessions anymore. You will only play tournaments, you will enjoy yourself and we will do that. But I am planning a fitness block in December and another one in spring.
As long as I am motivated to do that - fitness, practice and all the travellings - things are looking good. When you are healthy, like I am now, it's more funny to play, because when you have one problem, two and three, you need a break and you feel like foggy.
This is not fun, to always play hurt. So I try to be extremely in a perfect shape, make sure to sleep enough, have a good time with my family and friends, not just go through the daily routines which become boring and I burn out. So I really try to have fun along the road."