Tennis News Wire -
Roger Federer is ready for another big push as the Swiss enters the Miami Masters with titles in six of his last eight tournaments and confidence rising sky-high. After hammering John Isner to win Indian Wells on some of his best form in years, the 30-year-old is keen to wrap up the US hardcourt run with more success in Miami, which he won in 2005-06.
The No. 3 Swiss is fast gaining ground on No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who had ten titles to defend from 2011 and who has gone one-for-three so far. "No. 1 is a long-term goal, but if you're in the top five and win a Slam or string together a lot of wins like I'm doing, you have a shot at it," said Federer.
"But Novak has been the best player last season, and he still is. A lot has to happen for me to come through. But it's been a great reaction from me since I lost the US Open semi-final (to Djokovic). I want to keep it up physically for Miami, then take a break. We'll see how it all goes."
Federer won Indian Wells despite arriving ill from Dubai (another title performance) with a head cold and said that lowered expectations probably helped him out. "Mentally it was a bit of an easier tournament. I played with an attitude maybe of 'I don't favour myself because I have not felt great. It would be a surprise to come through.'
"That's how it feels now. That I was able to come through, and so convincingly at the end is amazing. I've really played amazing these last three matches in particular. Yeah, I couldn't be more happy. They were really great wins.
"It's been a long time since I have been this successful here, even though I have had some really good matches here in the past. It's ice taking it all the way and getting victories. I'm extremely proud of my performance this week."