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Roger Federer says he is aiming to win another title or two this year
Published Oct 10, 2017
Roger Federer says he is aiming to win another title or two this season as he returns to the tour for the first time since the US Open.
Federer has 93 career titles, and needs one more to catch Ivan Lendl for second place among the men. Jimmy Connors is the leader with 109 career titles.
"I'm playing mostly, you know, only the big tournaments now, so you need to be really tip-top shape and ready to go, and it's just not so simple," said Federer on adding to his title haul, speaking to press at Shanghai before the tournament.
"I couldn't be happier with the season, to be quite honest. I'm relieved that I'm feeling better since the American summer, you know, and Canada. Just happy being here now and hopefully, to play a good season. It would be nice to pick up one more title, maybe a couple more, would be nice, and then get into training and start again next year and then get more chances next year."
Federer said that reaching No. 1 this season was now not a big aim because of the big gap between him and No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who just won his 75th title at Beijing.
Instead, he is concentrating on staying fit and returned to training following his participation in the Laver Cup, an event he is involved in organizing.
"I had good practice," said Federer, who then did a sponsor event in Tokyo before arriving in Shanghai a few days before the tournament began. "Have been practicing for hours on the center court. Have been kept busy, as well, which gets me into the right mindset."
Federer even danced on court in a pre-tournament appearance and also took public transport to a practice in addition to other promotional events.
"I think the fan support I'm getting this year is maybe even the best I have seen so far," he said. "And the Metro experience was a great one. I grew up on public transport when I was younger in Switzerland. I used to take either tram, train, or bus to practice on a daily basis, and then also a lot of the train until about 20 years old, going to tournaments even to Italy, even internationally. So for me it's something very normal.
"And because I have been coming here for so long, you know, I almost consider it my second home away from home, because I opened the stadium here, and I just feel very welcome here."
Federer has a bye in the first round.
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