Novak: “Next to the Grand Slams and the ATP Finals, being No. 1 is probably the ultimate challenge in our sport. It’s the pinnacle of the entire season. I’m very proud of that achievement and it’s extra special this year because of the whole process and the journey that I’ve been through in the past 15 months. In particularly, the past 8-10 months. After February’s elbow surgery, it looked quite improbable that I’d be in this position as a year-end No. 1. Not just because of the rankings, being No. 22, but also because of how I felt on the court and how I played. But there was always a part of me that believed I could make it back and I never thought it was impossible. “I thought it would take more time than I wanted it to be. But it was a perfect last five months of the year with two Grand Slam titles. Unfortunately, Nadal had to withdraw from all of his tournaments after the US Open, so he was not in that race for No. 1. But at the same time, I thought it was a great five months that I crowned with this achievement.”
Roger Federer during a press conference at Rolex Paris Masters, 2018.
Some quotes: “I’m going for 100 in Paris.”
“Mostly, I feel like it’s better for me to play matches rather than practice, and I think that’s it. And then as long as I don’t feel like I’m taking a chance on my health prior to the ATP finals in London, that’s the key as well.“
“I would rather play on a nice court rather than going back to practice. I’ve already done enough practice this season! So I feel like if that helps me for London, that’s a great thing.”
Novak at his pre tournament press conference at the Rolex Paris Masters
Roger Federer during a press conference at Swiss Indoors Basel, 2018.
Roger Federer during a press conference at Rolex Shanghai Masters, 2018.
Quotes: “I like this part of the season. It’s always been a good swing for me. Maybe the conditions get faster, I’m not sure. I have been very successful, so clearly I hope for something similar again this year.”
“I’m just really happy. I’m healthy. I have won another Grand Slam again this year. I always say when you win a Slam in any season, it’s actually a very good season already. So, I feel like there is still a lot more to play for.”
Novak at the pre tournament press conference in Shanghai
Team Europe during a press conference at Laver Cup, 2018.