Roger Federer reveals the ONLY problem he could face at Indian Wells | Tennis | Sport


The Swiss icon returns to the Californian desert high on confidence after recording an historic win in the Middle East at the Dubai Tennis Championships last week.

In beating Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, Federer became just the second man in tennis history to secure 100 singles titles on the ATP Tour after the great Jimmy Connors.

There is now a weight off the shoulders of the 37-year-old, who had been chasing the century since winning the Swiss Indoors in Basel last October.

Questions have been raised as to whether the 20-time Grand Slam champion, who is edging towards the end of his career, can catch Connors’ all-time record tally of 109 titles.

But having dismissed any great desire to chase down the American, Federer returns to Indian Wells – where he is a five-time champion already – simply looking to extend his run of form after ending the week in style in Dubai.

Federer reached the final of this tournament a year ago to continue his unbeaten start to the year to 17 wins, before he was beaten by Juan Martin del Potro in the championship match.

He will be looking to go one better this year and his confidence in how he is feeling physically, to the point that he believes he will only be stopped if he goes head-to-head with a rival who hits top form on the day.

Federer’s projected draw at Indian Wells pits him with potential showdowns with Kei Nishikori, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic if he is to claim a sixth crown.

But fresh from title No 100, Federer insists he has no worries as he goes for triumph 101.

Asked what makes him believe he can win again at this event, Federer told ATP World Tour: “That I’m healthy, I’m getting over the jet lag well.

“My game’s in place because I played well in Dubai and actually also in the Australian Open and at the Hopman Cup and the offseason was good. 

“From that standpoint there’s no alarm bells ringing or red lights where I see that it could be a problem. 

“The only problem could be my opponents catching fire that day or playing well. 

“From my side I’m going to try and give it all I have and I hope that’s good enough. We’ll see.”

Speaking on his Dubai success, Federer added: “It’s nice to have a successful week, that makes you really happy early on in the season. I feel like it kickstarts the season a little bit. 

“I think winning in Dubai, getting to No 1 and not having to carry that 99th title with me for the entire season, talking about it every week, ‘Are you going to win your 100th title here or there?’ It’s out of the way. 

“I just think it was a perfect week for me. I struggled a little bit at the beginning and then ended up really playing some great tennis. 

“I think it’s going to give me a lot of good vibes going forward, no doubt.”

Federer has been given a bye to the second round and will learn his opponent on Friday night (UK time). He faces the winner of Andreas Seppi’s clash with Peter Gojowczyk.

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