Federer Plays Down Title Tally Talk
Roger Federer goes into next week’s ATP World Tour Finals (7/2 Tournament Outright) adamant that he does not have a target with regards to how many career titles he wins.
The Swiss world number two and 17-time Grand Slam winner has claimed 88 ATP titles during his illustrious career.
However, he is still 21 tournament wins behind American Jimmy Connors, who holds the record with 109 victories.
When quizzed about his aspirations for the remainder of his career, Federer played down the possibility of him trying to usurp Connors and claimed he has not even looked to reach 100.
Indeed the 34-year-old, who has made no secret of his desire to win a second gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio next summer, revealed that his current tally is his favourite number given that he was born on August 8.
Federer, who has just secured the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship award for the 11th time overall and fifth in a row, and was named fans’ favourite for the 13th successive year at the 2015 ATP Awards, said: “I’ve already been asked if I want to get to Jimmy Connors and 109 titles, and the answer is no.
“I don’t even have the goal to get to 100 titles. I just like playing tennis, and to be honest, 88 is my favourite number.”
Federer will look to make it 89 titles at the upcoming ATP World Tour Finals, a tournament he has enjoyed great success at in the past, claiming a record seven championship.
Novak Djokovic (8/15 ATP World Tour Finals outright) currently holds the title and will be looking for a fourth win in a row when the showpiece event starts on November 15.
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