“I’ve always believed that I’ve improved over the last 10 years, that I’ve not gone backwards,” Federer said.
“I’ve been able to win it 10 years ago so I always feel that, as I move forward, I am a more complete player, a better player. That’s why I always believe that I can win if my body’s holding up and mentally I’m really hungry.
“And that is the case right now. I’m really healthy, I’m training extremely hard the last six weeks and I had some success coming back at the end of (the) year.
“That was quite important for me and for my confidence because I was really in a difficult spot from Wimbledon all the way til Basel (the Swiss Indoors in October).
“With my back issue I couldn’t train the way I wanted to.”
“(In Melbourne) I really hope to be playing my absolute best, which I really think is possible,” he said.
“Then anything is possible for me. It’s just important that I play better against the top guys. I’ve not been bad this year. I just didn’t land enough wins and that’s something I want to improve for this (coming) year.”
“I have been to the Hopman Cup and Sydney and Adelaide, and now Brisbane and I’m looking forward to playing in Pat’s arena (named after Pat Rafter),” he said.
“I have high hopes that Brisbane will be very successful for me.”
Hopefully Pinkerer 2.0 shows up in Australia
Sounds pretty promising, doesn’t it? And all this talk would have meant nothing if Roger did not make at least semis in London. It must be said that Roger is being extremely optimistic here, but you wouldn’t expect anything less from him. Of course he is going to be as optimistic as possible. Anything else would not make sense for a champion like him. You gotta believe in yourself is you are going to rise high. You gotta think big. Is Roger a better player right now then he was 10 years ago? Highly doubtful. But it’s not gonna hurt him to believe it or state it. If you keep telling yourself something you start believing it after a while too, and the body follows. It’s called auto-suggestion and it is an extremely effective way to get results. Whether Roger is conscious or not of using auto-suggestion I don’t know, but he has always used it.
He keeps telling himself and the world that he is better than ever and it has worked for him. The numbers don’t lie. He now even says he can play his absolute best in Melbourne, even though he stated earlier that it will take until April to catch up with lost training. It is clear to me what he is doing. I think Brisbane will be an important event for him. If he can win it he could have a good result in Melbourne. It is similar conditions and it will just give him a little confidence boost before the first major of the year. The draw in Mebourne will of course be important as well. Roger says that he was not bad this year but that he lacked wins and that he needs to play better against the top guys. Well that is certainly gonna be the case if he has harbors hopes of winning a 5th Australian Open.
He may have to beat the big 3 back-to-back to win the title, unless he is drawn in Ferrer’s quarter. Who knows how Murray will fare after his injury though. At the very least Roger will probably have to beat Djokovic and Nadal to win the title, which is a tall order especially in Melbourne. Roger knows to give himself the best chance to win he must be as optimistic as possible, especially if the odds are stacked heavily against him. It’s nice to see his general optimism anyway whether it is realistic or not. There is just a new feel to what lies ahead, a feeling that 2014 is a new beginning and will be something good. I don’t expect Roger to win the Australian Open, although you never know. I just wana see a solid start from him to the year that gives me hope that 2014 can be something really good. All else is gravy.
What say you?