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The Swiss icon claimed the 99th singles success of his career at the Swiss Indoors in his home town of Basel last week, defeating Romania’s Marius Copil.

And Federer has chosen to play in the French capital for the first time since 2015 as he hopes to nail down title No 100 before the end of the season.

This is the 20-time Grand Slam champion’s final tournament before the ATP Finals in London which get underway on November 12.

Yet with the 37-year-old required to sift through a difficult field in Paris, with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic likely to stand in his way.

And the world No 3 admits himself that he is not expecting to be successful at the AccorHotels Arena this week.

He told ATP World Tour: “I’m very happy, I was very happy winning Basel – my home tournament. 

“I love playing in front of my family, my friends, my kids – everybody was there so that was a very emotional victory for me. 

“Also it was No 99 so that’s a very cool number. Of course it helps me with confidence but I’m personally not aiming too high here in Paris. 

“I know how hard it is to go back-to-back and how hard the draw is here in Paris. I haven’t played here in some time so I have no preparation. 

“But with confidence, maybe something can be done and I prefer to play matches than practice at the moment. 

“I’m very thrilled that my mind and body is good enough to give it a go here in Paris where I’ve loved playing in the past. 

“I feel like I was feeling better physically than in previous years. 

“I wasn’t physically so spent this year, maybe it was because of my three-month break in the summertime, also in my mind I was always ready and keeping a door open for Paris. 

“This year, it was better for me to play matches than practice. 

“I still wanted to see how I felt Monday and Tuesday and here we are, my body feels good, I’m excited to be here and I’m happy I’m feeling good. I want to give it a go in a tough first round and we’ll see how it goes.”

Federer kickstarts his campaign in Paris against big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic on Centre Court later today.


Source : EXPRESS

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