New Year’s Eve isn’t for a few more months — what do ya’ll have planned? — but tennis star Roger Federer is already putting his lackluster 2013 season behind him. For the first time in over a decade, Federer failed to reach the finals of a major, and his year was marked by a series of shocking upsets to players like Sergiy Stakhovsky and Tommy Robred.
Disappointed with his performance, Federer told reporters on Monday that all he’s focusing on is turning things around next year:
My mindset now is, okay, next year is going to be a great year again where I’m not going to have that many points to defend, especially at some very key moments where I consider myself a favorite.
I think my game’s been coming back, which has been very important. Now it’s about staying positive and working hard every single day. That’s been the mindset (Reuters).
Federer is currently in Shanghai, fighting to qualify for the World Tour Finals in London. Federer is seventh in the world rankings right now, and only the top eight players are invited to participate in the end-of-the-year showcase. If he fails to retain his ranking, it’ll mean that Federer won’t participate in the World Tour Finals for the first time since 2001.
We wish him more than luck.