The Straits Times
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Published on Oct 14, 2012
 

I've achieved No. 1 goal, says Roger Federer

 
 

SHANGHAI (AFP) - A relaxed Roger Federer says achieving the year-end number one ranking would be a bonus after a successful season but insists he has already achieved his goal, which was winning back top spot.

The Swiss great, playing his first tournament on Tour since the US Open, crashed out in Saturday's semi-final of the Shanghai Masters to Britain's Andy Murray, who also beat the 17-time Grand Slam champion in the Olympic final.

The 31-year-old, who became number one again after his Wimbledon triumph, will Monday start his 300th week at the top but faces a battle to hang on against a charging Novak Djokovic.

"I would love to finish number one as well for the end of the year. For that it's going to take a great stretch again, winning Basel, Paris and London I assume to give myself a chance," said the 17-time Grand Slam champion.