PARIS (dpa) – Roger Federer has climbed to within 500 points of a return to the ATP top ranking, with the Swiss and points leader Novak Djokovic arriving for the final event of the regular ATP season in
Results this week at the Masters 1000 at the Bercy arena could decide who ends atop the table in 2014, with the final calculations to come after results in the World Tour Finals in London are tallied.
Federer, seeded second in Paris behind Djokovic and with number three Rafael Nadal missing due to appendix surgery next week, comes to the capital after winning titles at his last two events, the
Shanghai Masters and his home event of Basel.
But at the moment, the more important thing on the Swiss player’s mind is getting his wife, nannies and two sets of twins settled in for the week in Paris.
After that comes rest and practice for what will be a mid-week start after a bye.
“I’m looking forward to Paris, I enjoy playing there,” said 2011 winner Federer, beaten a year ago at the tournament by Djokovic in the semis. “I played well last year so let’s see how it’s gonna go.
“I might be a little tired but there’s still an opportunity to recover.”
In the year-end ranking race, 2,500 points are up for grabs between Paris and the eight-man London final.
With titles in three of his last four events and five from the season, the 33-year-old Federer is the current form horse of the Tour.
“It would be very special to reclaim number 1,” said Federer. “Number one is what it’s all about in our game.
“With the year I have had and the amount of finals I have played, the level of tennis I have played, I am pleased to see that I have a shot.