Roger Federer who has not won a Grand Slam crown since the 2010 Australian Open is hoping his scintillating form over the past nine months would bring him back in the elite winners circle very soon.
The Swiss maestro overcame big-serving American John Isner 7-6 6-3 in the final of the Indian Wells tournament on Sunday, his sixth ATP World Tour title in his last eight tournaments. Federer overcame a flu in the early stages of the event before going on to beat former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, 10-times grand slam winner Rafa Nadal and then Isner in straight sets.
Since his gripping 7-6 6-4 3-6 2-6 5-7 semi-final defeat by Novak Djokovic at last years US Open, the Swiss has won 39 of his 41 matches, sparking talk he may be back to his very best.
“I think I have been playing extremely well since the (2011) French Open,” 16-times Grand Slam champion Federer said after winning his third consecutive title on the men’s circuit. But people aren’t giving me enough credit sometimes for how great that tournament was because I didn’t win it. Same thing at Wimbledon. I thought I played really well there, too and I was really in a good position to do something extraordinary there as well. Same thing happened at the US Open.”
Federer was runner-up to Spanish left-hander Nadal at last year’s French Open and lost to Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last eight at Wimbledon after winning the first two sets. For the moment, Federer has set his sights on winning further grand slam titles and said that regaining the top ranking from Djokovic was a longer-term target.