BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2013
Federer Gets 'Kind Of Win' He Needs
by ATP Staff|
Roger Federer is anything but a stranger when it comes to finishing a season strong.
On Friday evening in Paris, the Swiss superstar showed his fellow Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualifiers that his form is heating up by cooling off Juan Martin del Potro in the BNP Paribas Masters quarter-finals for his first Top 10 victory since January.
“I think it was a good match from start to finish,” Federer said. “That's definitely good for my confidence, because those are the kind of wins I need right now.”
Entering the clash, del Potro had won 15 of his past 16 matches and was riding a three-match win streak against Federer, which included an impressive title defence over the Swiss at Federer’s home event in Basel. While Federer was satisfied to turn the tables, he fully expects del Potro to be a perennial threat for the trophy in London.
“Maybe I had a clearer mind today. Maybe I was in a better day today. It just depended on a few details,” said Federer.
“He's played a lot of tennis, so clearly he must be a little bit tired. Maybe having a few more days off before London is going to actually make him more dangerous. I don't know if it's a good thing I beat him today. We will see how it goes for me.”
Federer will look to carry his momentum into a semi-final showdown with World No. 2 Novak Djokovic. The two haven’t met since Djokovic prevailed in last year’s season finale at The O2. With his confidence restored, Federer believes this is the right time to face a chief rival on a surface that suits both players.
“I prefer to play him now than four months ago. I'm more confident now and I believe again in my chances,” said Federer.
“If I had played a few weeks ago or a few months ago, I might have thought that I was not sure. It might have been more difficult. I believe I can win more now. I will try my best against him because he's having a very good year again… It's going to be a very difficult match, but it's also going to be interesting. We always play very well against each other.”
Djokovic and Federer have squared off 29 times in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, with Federer leading 16-13.