US OPEN 2013
Federer: Driven By Passion
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
"Clearly you need a short term and a long term goal. Every day when you wake up, [you ask] what are you trying to achieve?" said the 32-year-old, when asked what motivates him.
"The love for the game needs to be there. If you're going to go through the grind of organization, of traveling, and going through practice and doing media and all that stuff, you need to have passion," said the Swiss No. 1.
"[If] you come to New York, and if you're not excited anymore, you're in the wrong place..then you don't like the sport the way you should," added Federer. "If you don't put in 100% effort here or in other places that really you care about, then something's wrong with you...you may be in the wrong sport."
For Federer, who is contesting his 14th US Open, that's certainly not the case.
"I'm just totally excited being here, I have always enjoyed playing...have never had a bad tournament at the US Open. This is, again, another good tournament for me. I'm happy that I'm playing so well."
The five-time US Open champion said that every match on Arthur Ashe Stadium is special to him. "It is the biggest stadium in the world, it is New York City, and you don't ever know how many times more you're going to play on this court. You always want to enjoy it."