Aug 16, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Roger Federer (SUI) plays in a match against Rafael Nadal (ESP)(not pictured) at the Western & Southern Open. Mandatory Photo Credit: Pat Lovell, USA Today Sports

Rafael Nadal confident Roger Federer will play better in 2014


To say Roger Federer had an uncharacteristically lackluster 2013 would be an understatement. In what was a year full of struggles, Federer fell out of the top four in the world rankings for the first time since 2003, failed to win a grand slam for the first time since 2003, and didn’t make a major final for the first time since 2002.

However, his biggest rival, Rafael Nadal, doesn’t think people should start counting the Swiss tennis legend out yet:

I don’t have any doubt that he will be playing better than what he did this year.

 

But I am sure that he’s not finished. He will work hard in the off-season to be ready for 2014. I am sure he will be back playing great tennis again (Reuters).

Nadal also said simply regaining the No. 1 spot in the rankings likely isn’t Federer’s main goal:

So talking about if he’s able to be back or try to be back in the No. 1 (spot), I think it’s not his goal, because at the end he already has been there. He has been in the top positions of the ranking for a long time.

Federer is seeded fifth at the upcoming Paris Masters and is in danger of not qualifying for November’s ATP World Tour Finals.

[Source: Reuters]

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