Roger Federer: 'Djokovic and Nadal deserve to be ranked higher this year'


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Roger Federer: 'Djokovic and Nadal deserve to be ranked higher this year'

Roger Federer spoke about how it felt to hand Rafael Nadal the year-end No. 1 rankings position by beating Novak Djokovic. "I'm sure he was watching", said the Swiss referring to the Spaniard, "but I have been there before, so at the end of the day, I'm trying to play a good tournament myself.

I knew there was a lot on the line for Novak today. If he wouldn't have won Wimbledon, maybe he wouldn't have even gotten to that, to be quite honest. That's what I was telling myself, too. Because he beat me at Wimbledon, actually Novak was as close as he was.

And Rafa has had an unreal of a stretch, as well. Both guys have had great years. I'm happy I was able to beat both this year, but they both deserve to be ranked higher than me this year. But, yeah, it was a good day for tennis.

I'm sure to some extent, not because I beat Novak but the race of World No. 1 was riding on the match, as well, and the atmosphere in the building was very, very nice. I was able to produce under pressure, and I was trying to remind myself to play with less pressure than what Novak had throughout the game, and it worked. I'm very happy. I'm very pleased."