Roger Federer spoke about what his plans are before the 2020 Australian Open starts. The Basel native will play an exhibition event in Huangzhou, China, from 27 to 29 December and then he will head back to Dubai to finalize his pre-season training.
Federer said: "At the end of the day, I think with age and experience I can be confident about what I do in training. I’ll travel to Melbourne early to make sure I give myself the best chance to get ready. I believe I can be ready, I don’t think I need a ton of matches always, especially on the hard courts.
Maybe I’m a bit more dependent on the draw earlier on in the Australian Open. The key is health. I don’t know what to tell you.’ Novak Djokovic spoke about possibly ending the season a world No. 1 ahead of Rafael Nadal: "In my personal opinion it’s one of the two biggest achievements you can have as a professional competitor and tennis player – winning a Grand Slam and being No.
1 in the world at the end of the season. At this stage of my career obviously in terms of goals and achievements, that’s right at the top, but in order for me to be in the position to battle for that year-end No. 1, I understand that I have to be healthy and schedule well.
Roger [Federer] was talking about family – I don’t know how he does it with four children. I struggle with two. It’s a hell of an effort, but we all love tennis. We dedicate ourselves and our lives to this sport but at the same time, it has to be balanced with off-court stuff and children and family.
We have to have the support of our close ones in order to have the chance to have a go for the year-end No 1. So I’m really pleased to be in the position but at the same time I’m trying."