Swiss superstar Roger Federer recently got the better of his Argentine opponent Del Potro in the round of 16 of Miami Open, and with this, he booked his place in the fourth round of the tournament.
His resurgence after coming back on the court following his long injury layoff has been quite evident as he won Australian Open and Indian Wells earlier this year. To add further to it, his national compatriot Stan Wawrinka believes that Federer could well retain the top spot, however, Federer himself has said that keeping his body fit is a priority for him rather than focusing on the rankings.
“It’s not the priority. Health needs to be the priority. That’s why if I were to get there again I have to really win a lot of big tournaments, and I know how hard that is. I tried to do it for the last five years,” he said.
“For me the priority is to win tournaments at this point in my career. The rankings is very secondary.
“That’s why my schedule is going to be based on what makes sense for my goals of the season, staying healthy, and then also so I can enjoy myself and have a good sort of schedule with the right waves going through the season.
“So as long as I’m healthy, I feel like I can play good tennis, enjoy myself, I can beat – hopefully – some of the best players in the world, or most of them, and win tournaments as well. I think I just have to be a bit more clever in terms of scheduling overall,” he added.
Furthermore, the 35-year-old is expected to take a break after the ongoing Miami Open and if the reports are to be believed, he could be back in Rome Masters which is scheduled in early May. He further added that his fans need to get used to him missing some of the events.
“Unfortunately, I can’t do it all, you know. I can’t chase the Davis Cup and the Slams and play all the Masters 1000s. At some point something has to give, unfortunately.
“I wish I could do it all like when I was 24 years old.
“So I think that’s where I have to take some important decisions that work well for — well, me as a tennis player, but then also for my family and just for my whole team, that we get the work done, I get the rest that I need, but then also I play enough matches.
“If you don’t play enough normally you kind of lose touch of how to play break points, save break points, the shoulder gets rusty. Who knows what it is?
“You need the right balance. I think that’s more key than ever right now. I mean, it hurts for me, you know, sometimes in the future probably not playing some tournaments that in the past I would always play. Now all of a sudden I just have to skip them for the sake of my health.
“But because it is for a good reason, I’ll get over it,” he said.