"Next target is Wimbledon, then US Open" Roger Federer said after beating Andy Murray in straight sets at the HallenStadion in Zurich. The duo were playing each other in the 'Match for Africa 3' to raise money for the former's foundation.
The Swiss ace is still surprised at the start he has made to the 2017 season — his best since 2006 — which has seen him win three of the four tournaments he has entered. Federer started the season by picking up his 18th Grand Slam title in Australia, but a shock second round loss to unknown Russian Evgeny Donskoy followed at the Dubai Tennis Championships. However that did not dampen his form as he went on to capture back-to-back titles at the BNP Paribas and Miami Masters titles.
Federer announced a 10-week break recently and will miss the upcoming clay court tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome before returning for the French Open beginning on 22 May. The 35-year-old, who has prioritised staying fit over playing multiple tournaments, is keen to peak at major events.
Roland Garros has never been a favourite of the Swiss maestro and he has won it just once in the past. Therefore, his main targets for the rest of the season is the Wimbledon Championships in July and the US Open in August.
"I really surprised myself. When I was waking up in Miami I had told my coach 'just being in the final of Miami would have been enough for me at the beginning of the season'. But I had already won at the Australian Open and Indian Wells. So things went a little bit better than I thought they would," Federer said after his win over Andy Murray, as quoted by tennisworldusa.org.
"The important thing is to be healthy and enjoy playing; the results are like a super mega bonus. I am just happy I got a second chance after a tough season last year. Next target is Wimbledon, then US Open. Roland Garros will be difficult to win, there I can play again without pressure and we will see," the former world number one added.