DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Novak Djokovic along with Andy Murray include played inside past not one but two Grand Slam finals, in addition to the process under way imagine their particular rivalry overshadowing a strong aging Roger Federer and a good injury-plagued Rafael Nadal while in the several years in order to come.
But the actual second-ranked Federer could have none of it.
As your dog prepares to be able to protect his Dubai Championships title, the 31-year-old Federer reported Sunday he is trying to play "excellent tennis" and it is confident they can dwarf Djokovic for any leading spot.
He acknowledged, though, it will be a challenge as long as he / she programs in order to scale back his / her schedule throughout 2013. He wants to have several weeks off prior to the start of clay season.
"Absolutely realistic, if you enjoy great," Federer claimed connected with returning to be able to No. 1, a position he or she previous held for seventeen months right until Oct. 29, bursting a record with 286 weeks in the top placed through Pete Sampras.
"Time will certainly tell," Federer said. "I recognize it is really possible. I learn you are able to acquire tournaments. But right now, a big focus is upon making a point every single tournament situation I input in which I'm properly prepared, for instance intended for here, intended for Australia, pertaining to Indian Wells."
Federer in addition brushed away chat with retirement, turning it into clear he / she continues to be healthy and hungry to win extra trophies, as well as an additional Grand Slam concept preferably Wimbledon, which he provides picked up seven times. He will be regarding his sixth concept with Dubai.
The 17-time Grand Slam champ added to his overall using a Wimbledon subject in 2012 although missing inside the particular quarterfinals on the U.S. Open as well as semifinals regarding this year's Australian Open.
"I would like to give personally the best possible chance to play as long as I can," Federer said.
"Eventually, it'll be crystal clear of which it's high time that will stop, however the moment is probably not now," he / she said. "But subsequently again, things modify very quickly. You must possibly be ready to get them and open to it. I'm definitely not novice which I can engage in with regard to 12-15 far more years, although I would choose to give personally an opportunity to learn for several extra ages for you to come. I'm pleased with exactly where my physique is at."
Federer said the recent concentrate on a Djokovic-Murray rivalry designed sense with a degree. But using four various competitors winning the several Grand Slam events very last year, he stated it turned out early to switch your men's activity right into a two-man competition.
"Yes, they have got trialled usually than not, and so they possess played in most big suits plus usually your fits have already been quite good. So naturally which is definitely precisely what that marketing appears at. I understand that," they said. "It's almost all some sort of question of just how the thing is that things. Rafa boasts not really been recently required in such a completely process the past seven months, this means you you should not need to proceed carelessly as well quick."
Djokovic, that's furthermore within Dubai as well as going for his fourth title, agreed.
"I can't opt for (Murray) over Roger along with Rafa for the reason that almost all several connected with them tend to be still my personal major rivals," Djokovic said. "I are not able to opt for a version of those some males since Roger and also Rafa were hence dominant throughout our sport and they also have still from every one of the dynamic players the best rivalry."
Djokovic stated they was happy with just what they discovered from Nadal in Brazil, the location where the Spaniard gained his first bill earlier this particular month since moving back from the knee injury.
"He's still participating in really, brilliant on clay, in addition to I didn't hope any different," Djokovic said. "Again, I'm definitely not throughout his shoes as well as I don't discover how he or she physically feels. . I'm sure that is going to supply him or her loads of self confidence with the rest of the season, for the reason that that is definitely what he / she wanted. It will not topic at exactly what degree and also it is really excellent pertaining to snooker which he is back there is no question in relation to it."
After Djokovic received the Australian Open, attention considered no matter if your dog can certainly match his 2011 exploits, when he seized three major titles, possessed a 43-match earning skills along with finished all four 70-6. The Serb mentioned this individual was "in a solid position" for you to succeed a lot more Grand Slam championships in 2013 which this individual has been "not hiding" easy to understand he / she wanted in order to win the actual French Open wherever his / her chances include improved upon because of the injuries troubles with seven-time champion Nadal.
And within a forewarning to be able to his rivals, he or she said he is in a very greater state associated with imagination compared to they was annually ago.
"Mentally, I perform feel somewhat much more absolved in comparison with I was from the beginning connected with 2012," Djokovic said. "Following upward following 2011 seemed to be a good extreme challenge to me psychologically largely because I still played really well, although I observed personally with the first time prepared that they are this No. 1 in the world in addition to to preserve Grand Slam something about three in a very entire year.
"Right now, I've recuperated. I've figured out this lesson; I've understood that experience in which I attended through, as well as I'm completely ready to get new challenges."