Roger Federer isn’t letting the haters drag him down as he prepares for the upcoming U.S. Open. The 32-year-old tennis star, who has the record for most grand slam titles with 17, addressed the perception (espoused by people like former tennis great John McEnroe) that he’s incapable of playing at the dominant level that once came so easily to him.
Federer first took on the fact that his seeding at the U.S. Open (seventh) is the lowest he’s received in a decade:
The rankings fluctuate a lot, especially if you don’t play so well. If you play great you move up or go down rather quickly.
The ranking actually itself is secondary but I have looked at the rankings my whole life. I used to be incredibly excited on Monday seeing how many spots my ranking went up or down. Usually it was more excited that it was going up. The older you get the less you pay a bit of attention about it (Reuters).
Federer also said that his back, which ailed him earlier this year, now feels better, and that he’s pleased with his choice to return to using his old racquet: “The confidence is back in my movement and I’ll go back to the racquet I know or the racquet I have won everything with.”