Federer questions his game
The Swiss tennis star discusses self-reflection and facing his opponent, Nadal.PARIS - With 13 Grand Slam titles and 58 tournament victories, Roger Federer is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
But as he sets out on his 11th attempt to finally win a French Open and complete a career Grand Slam, the 27-year-old Swiss superstar admits that he never stops questioning himself.
"I always question myself. I questioned myself in the best of times when I was winning four, five titles in a row. What can I improve? What can I change to get better?" said Federer here on Friday.
"I think it's important to do that when you are on top of your game but also when things are not going so well.
"There are certain times during the year where you just have to sit down and analyse, are you happy with what's going on? Could you do more? Should you do less? Sometimes more is less. I always try to find the best ways to get better as a player."
Federer had to wait until Madrid earlier in May to win his first title of 2009.
After Rafael Nadal beat him at Wimbledon in 2008 and the Australian Open final earlier in 2009, many questioned Federer's future in the game.
But he was strengthened from his Madrid Masters final win over Nadal, which broke the Spaniard's 33-match winning run on clay.
"I lost in five sets in Australia and I lost Wimbledon. But if you analyse things a bit closer, I was close to winning three tournaments out of four," said the Swiss.
"I had problems with my mononucleosis and my back. But I couldn't win the tournaments I wanted to win because of Rafa and because my game was not there 100 percent.
"It was there at 98 percent but that wasn't enough. So I lost my confidence a little bit, but I always had faith in my game. I knew I was on the right track."
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