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Federer Ready To "Give Everything" For Year-End No. 1

Shanghai, China

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer is preparing for a strong finish to hold onto the No. 1 ranking.

Following his semi-final loss to Andy Murray on Saturday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, Roger Federer re-asserted he is prepared to "give everything" he can to finish as the year-end No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings.

At the close of the 2011 season, Federer went on a 17-match winning streak, taking in titles at the Swiss Indoors Basel, the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. With those points to defend, the Swiss recognises it will take another strong finish if he is to hold off the No. 2-ranked Djokovic in the chase for the top spot.

"I would love to finish No. 1 for the end of the year," said Federer. "For that, it's going to take a great stretch again, winning Basel, Paris and London I assume to give myself a chance. We'll see how it goes.  I'm relaxed about it. I'll give everything I can. 

"I want to get through this season well and finish strong. But it's not the number one goal right now. Right now, it's to manage my schedule, hopefully be in good shape for Basel, then kind of go from there. The goal was to become World No. 1 this year, which happened, not the end of the year. But if that happens, that's a bonus."

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Federer reclaimed the No. 1 ranking after winning his 17th Grand Slam championship at Wimbledon (d. Murray) in July. On Monday he will begin his 300th week at No. 1, having held off the challenge from Djokovic by reaching the semi-finals in Shanghai.

Federer’s run at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event came to an end at the hands of an impressive Andy Murray, who has now won five sets in a row against Federer, having beaten the Basel native in three straight sets in the final of the London 2012 Olympics.

"I mean, is he more confident? Maybe," said Federer, who defeated Murray in four sets in the Wimbledon final. "There's not as much on the line as in the Olympic final. He's coming off the US Open win, [it was a semi-final], not a final, so he can play a bit more freely. I think I felt that from Andy.

"But, I also struggled with him at the Olympics. I think he's playing really well now since a long time, not just six months. He's been playing well for years now. He's in his prime right now, so you assume he's playing his absolute best at this very moment."

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