Roger Federer finishes the season satisfied with his play but frustrated with some of his defeats from winning positions.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion won four events, though none bigger than the Miami Masters, and fell in the semifinals of the ATP Finals to finish the season. He does not plan on changing his approach.
"I think I've got to keep on playing at the level like I have this year, and then I will create some chances. I thought I played some consistent, solid tennis," he told press at London. "Got to take care of my body, listen to the signs, work with the team, get the balance right with everything."
Federer, who is third in the rankings, had some narrow defeats this season—he fell to Dominic Thiem despite break points in the third set of the final of Indian Wells, and had match points against Novak Djokovic in the final of Wimbledon. Now among the oldest players in the Top 100, he said he has to work harder as he gets older.
"Then when the matches come, you know, it's not maybe as easy as it was maybe 10, 15 years ago," he said, following his defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas in London. "Maybe you need to do extra effort sometimes for that to happen."
"Maybe that's what it felt like today is just things were complicated, you know, but I've got to maybe do even a better job, because the opportunities were there today, for instance. They were there in other moments as well, this season—maybe Indian Wells, or Wimbledon, or whatever."
"That can change an entire season around, the confidence around, the flow of things. But, you know, I'm happy how I played this season, and I'm extremely excited for next season."
Federer begins his off-season following some exhibitions in South America.