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Federer Still Aiming For Finale Qualification

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Federer© Getty ImagesFederer had lost to Monfils just once in their prior seven meetings

Roger Federer said that he is still gunning for one of the five remaining places in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals despite an early loss to Gael Monfils at the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Thursday.

Even with the setback, the 32 year old remains positive about his game. “I still feel I'm heading in the right direction,” said Federer. He plans to play the Swiss Indoors Basel and the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris ahead of the season finale, held in The O2 arena in London 4-11 November.

Federer is currently eighth in the Emirates ATP Race To London, overtaken Thursday by countryman Stanislas Wawrinka, who moves into seventh place after defeating Milos Raonic in Shanghai. Given the withdrawal due to injury of Andy Murray, anyone finishing ninth or better in the Emirates ATP Race To London will qualify for the season finale. “I'm just going to focus on trying to play well,” said Federer. “I'm just going to try to have a good tournament in Basel and Paris. In the end, if I get the invite [to London], I'll be there.”

The former World No. 1 has struggled with the effects of injury in 2013. “I'm running [behind] with practice, because of the issues I've had this year,” said Federer. “I really believe the extra week of practice, spending at least three hours on the tennis court everyday for seven straight days, is very important for me right now,” he added. “So clearly that makes me a bit more vulnerable in the early rounds.”

“I can still finish strong. I believe that,” shared Federer. “There's not much time left. But if I do qualify for London, that gives me an extra shot there. I usually play well indoors. So I hope this year's going to be one of those years again.”

Federer vowed to continue to work hard in his bid for London. “It's pretty simple: you just keep on working hard, make sure that you get back on winning ways, then you become confident again.

“I’m still losing against good players. The level of play is very good. But what’s important is if you do play the right way and you move the right way, then all of a sudden that margin you don't have right now, you get it back.

“It's just important not to like worry too much, to be honest. It's important to keep on doing what I'm doing. Obviously I might get tougher draws as we move along with my ranking not being in the top four anymore. But that's okay… For me it's just important to keep on enjoying what I do.”

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