Roger Federer of Switzerland is bullish about his future in tennis despite another one-sided loss to rival Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the semifinal of the 2016 Australian Open.
The Swiss Maestro stated post-match of the final four in Melbourne that he will continue to battle for a Grand Slam title and will challenge Djokovic’s spot on top of tennis.
“I have self-confidence as well, you know. That doesn’t fade away very quickly. I know it’s not easy. I never thought it was easy,” Federer answered when asked about Djokovic’s recent dominance against him, especially in the Grand Slam tournaments and how he sees himself faring against the Serbian in future tournaments, via the tournament’s official website.
“Best-of-three, best-of-five, I can run for four or five hours. It’s not a problem. I prove it in practice again in the off-season no sweat. So from that standpoint I’m not worried going into long rallies. I know you guys make it a different case. I get that, because you think I’m old and all that. But it’s no problem for me.”
Except for a minor struggle in the third set, Djokovic showed the former World No. 1 why he is the top player in the men’s singles tour winning in the semifinals in four sets, 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3 and finishing off Federer in just two hours and a half.
Djokovic has won six of his last eight head-to-head meetings against Federer including four in the their Grand Slam meetings.
Federer, who is turning 35 years old in August, added in the interview that he’s not scared entering any match that involves any of the top players in the tour and said that while he is disappointed he’s still pleased with his “deep runs” in the majors tournaments.
Federer also credited Djokovic’s performance in their semifinals match in Melbourne.
“Today Novak was very, very good. There’s no doubt about it,” Federer added.
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