Tuesday 17 September 2019

Roger Federer not thinking about a landmark title as he prepares for ATP World Tour semi-final

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic deliberate
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic deliberate
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Roger Federer has insisted he is not dreaming of claiming his 100th career title on Sunday, after admitting Novak Djokovic may block his path to victory at the ATP World Tour finals.

Federer will take on Germany's Alexander Zverev in Saturday's semi-final at the 02 Arena in London and could become on the second player in tennis history behind Jimmy Conners to claim a century of titles.

Yet the Swiss master has stressed he is not thinking about potential glory on Sunday, as world No.1 Djokovic remains a firm favourite to win in London.

"Personally I'm still not thinking of the number 100," stated the 37-year-old, six times a winner at the ATP Finals.

"I won't let that get in my head, make me go crazy, because it should be something I'm excited about and not something I should feel extra pressure.

"As long as I think Novak is in the draw anyhow, he's playing so good again, it's never going to be easy.

"I think it's just going to be hard to finish it, but I'm happy I gave myself the opportunity."

Zverev booked a showdown against Federer with a straight-sets win over American John Isner.

Zverev is talking up his hopes of beating Federer, after he moved into the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour finals after a win against John Isner.

"It's obviously great getting to the semi-finals, but the tournament isn't over," said Zverev.

"I am in the semi-finals. There's only good opponents left. There's only the best in the world.

"I'm playing Roger, which is going to be a very difficult but hopefully very nice match. We'll see how far I can go."

Djokovic will face South African debutant Kevin Anderson, the man he beat in this year's Wimbledon final, in the other semi-final.

Djokovic, who beat Marin Cilic 7-6 (7) 6-2 in Friday evening's dead rubber, said: "Kevin is playing some great tennis, it's definitely his best season and he's continued doing that throughout this tournament.

"He's playing well, serving well, very aggressive, so I know what to expect.

"It's obviously great getting to the semi-finals. But the tournament isn't over. I am in the semi-finals. There's only good opponents left. There's only the best in the world.

"I'm playing Roger, which is going to be a very difficult but hopefully very nice match. We'll see how far I can go."

World number one Djokovic will face South African debutant Kevin Anderson, the man he beat in this year's Wimbledon final, in the other semi-final.

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