BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2013
Federer Achieves London Goal
by ATP Staff|
Roger Federer expressed delight in returing to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the 12th consecutive year. The 32-year-old Swiss native qualified after defeating Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Masters on Wednesday.
"I'm just happy right now to have made it again," said Federer. "It's definitely somewhat of a highlight of the season for me after having a tough few months to still make it to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
"It's great news actually, because it's one of the goals I set myself at the beginning of the season. So it's nice achieving things this year, because many things I couldn't achieve that I wanted to."
Federer joins Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro and Tomas Berdych as the other players who have already qualified for the Final Showdown, held at The O2 arena in London.
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"It's a good moment right now sitting here knowing [my berth] is secure," said Federer. "Clearly, every year since 2002 has been great qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. It's great seeing the prestige of the event, seeing all the top guys showing up, and experiencing the event going to different cities.
"Now it's at The O2, and you know what a great event that is. So it's something I can really look forward to and get my adrenaline up for another couple of weeks now. It's nice."
In Paris, Federer next faces Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Round of 16. "I feel really good again, probably the first time ever since maybe Dubai," Federer said. "So this is a good thing. I'm happy that I can play this way right now."