Federer: I wouldn’t want anything to change
Originally published on: 11/07/12 00:00
The Swiss, who returned to No.1 in the world on Monday after winning his seventh title at the All England Club, insists he never stopped believing he would win another Grand Slam, despite being made well aware of the doubts of others.
"I knew how close I was for the last few years, and some people didn't quite see that, maybe for different reasons,” said Federer. “But I knew and I think the belief got me to victory, and almost two other ones in the last couple years."
While the self-belief has remained a constant feature during major tournaments, the 17-time Grand Slam champion admits there have been times where he has questioned himself more than he did during his more prolific years on tour.
"There's been a couple of tough moments for me the last couple years, you know, so I really almost didn't try to picture myself with the trophy or try to think too far ahead really,” he said.
"You're always going to go through ups and downs [but] I see it more as a steppingstone, a period I have to go through."
Another factor, unique to Federer amongst his rivals, is the added strain of raising twin girls, who have been a regular feature during the Swiss’ attempts to sustain his high standards while on the tour.
"Just to be able to juggle everything together has been a challenge,” admitted the Bottmingen resident. “I think you learn from mistakes. You try to make it work for everyone involved. It hasn't always been easy, you know. I admit that."
Even with a bigger entourage to consider, Federer says he feels more comfortable than ever while competing at the highest level.
"I'm at a much more stable place in my life. I wouldn't want anything to change," he said.
"I'm so happy I'm at the age I am right now, because I had such a great run and I know there's still more possible."