It's unbelievable and crazy - McEnroe stunned by Federer's longevity

Roger Federer

It's unbelievable and crazy - McEnroe stunned by Federer's longevity

You couldn't see one dry eye in the stadium when Roger Federer bagged his eighth Wimbledon title previous year, or when he won his 20 grand Slam title at the Australian open recently. "I am hoping to get to number one and hoping to do it this week".

"You always want to be better and better, but there is no need to rush".

Stan Wawrinka admits he has not hit his "top level" as he continues to recover from major knee surgery at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Federer, who won the event in 2005 and 2012, told his official website: 'The tournament is special for me. "It's just a number", he said after winning the Melbourne title for a sixth time.

"To be back in Rotterdam is very exciting, to be able to play for world number one is beyond exciting, it's insane that I have that opportunity", he said. I don't think age is an issue, per se. "Semis seems not too far away, but yet it's still a big step so I'm trying to prepare as well as I can, see what happens and go from there. I feel like I'd be a different player six months later but everybody's scared to do it...", Federer added. However, he hopes to see his dream converting to reality and will begin his ascent to the top on Wednesday against the Belgian Ruben Bemelmans. Did I plan to skip the clay-court season? No.

"If I'm playing a lot during this part of the season, it would be hard to play a robust clay season".

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Meanwhile, Nadal, who retired from the Australian Open with a leg injury, is not scheduled to return to play until Acapulco, ATP 500 event in three weeks.

"I'm healthy and glad to be playing", Federer said.

"When the time is right, I'll talk about it - and see how I feel in that year. That's the secret for me moving forward". And it proved to be a mature hour and 25 minutes from the young star to take out Ferrer, 6-4, 6-3.

It was the 20-year-old German's first win over the former French Open finalist at the third attempt. "So I just have to get into this situation a little bit, because the priority is for me to try to defend my sunshine double in Indian Wells and Miami", Federer said. Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev, last year's finalist David Goffin, 2015 victor Stan Wawrinka, 2014 champion Tomas Berdych and last week's Open Sud de France champion Lucas Pouille also feature in the draw.

The rest had clearly done him good as he put together a superb year of tennis in which he won the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles, and won five other tournaments as well in a season in which he only lost five out of 57 matches.

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