Federer already looking forward to 'great' 2014

Tue Oct 8, 2013 12:29am EDT
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(Reuters) - Looking back is a waste of time, as far as Roger Federer is concerned.

While tennis fans and pundits are obsessed with his below-par performance at the four majors this year which has left him in danger of missing the cut for the season-ending ATP finale for the first time since 2001, Federer has already put a positive spin on his 2013 trials and tribulations.

"I always knew that this year, after a very tough year in 2012, the Olympics (and winning Wimbledon), was going to be a bit more quiet," the Swiss told reporters in Shanghai on Monday after winning his first-round doubles match with little-known Chinese Zhang Ze.

"I expected myself probably not to be as successful and as busy playing matches and tournaments.

"My mindset now is, okay, next year is going to be a great year again where I'm not going to have that many points to defend, especially at some very key moments where I consider myself a favorite.

"For that reason I'm really looking forward to 2014 already."

Federer, who won the last of his record 17 grand slam titles at Wimbledon 15 months ago before scooping a silver at the London Games, went through the 2013 season without reaching a major final for the first time since 2002 and his only success has been at the low-key Halle tournament.

He lost in the Australian Open semi-finals to Andy Murray, fell at the last-eight stage to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the French Open, suffered a shock second-round defeat at Wimbledon to journeyman Sergiy Stakhovsky before losing to Tommy Robredo in the U.S. Open fourth round last month.

"I didn't want to focus too much on what happened the last two months. The U.S. Open, I hardly ever thought about it if I look back, at the Robredo match," he said.   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland serves to Tommy Robredo of Spain at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 2, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger