Roger Federer was once scared he would never win an ATP title

first_imgRoger Federer, on Saturday, became only the second player in history to win 100 ATP title when he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships but there was a time when Federer was scared that he would go down as one of those players who had talent but never won a title.18 years ago, Federer had registered his first singles win outside the Challenger circuit and on Saturday, he struck a century to get him in a club where Jimmy Connors stood alone for years.After his 100th ATP title victory in Dubai, Federer revealed that at the beginning of his career, he was worried that he would never be able to win a single title on tour.”I’m not kidding if I tell you I hoped I was going to not go down as a player never to win a tournament,” Federer was quoted as saying by ATP website.Made it to 100!Thank you for all your support #RF100 Federer (@rogerfederer) March 2, 2019Federer had his fair share of nervy moments in the beginning of his career when he lost his first ATP tournament final in Marseille as an 18-year-old. Just two points away from victory, Federer fluffed his chances to lose to fellow Swiss Marc Rosset.”I cried my eyes out. [Marc] told me, ‘Don’t worry about it, you’ll win some more’,” Federer recalled. “I’m like, ‘It’s easy for you to say’,” Federer recalled.Federer then lost another ATP Tour championship match in his hometown Basel but in 2001, he finally made a breakthrough in Milan at the age of 19 to lift his first big trophy.advertisementFederer now looks back at how badly he wanted to win that trophy in Milan and how he was immensely relieved to have picked up a title.”It makes me look back at how it all started and how badly I wanted my first title back in Milan… I was hoping that one day I was going to win a title,” Federer said. “I was so relieved I was not going to be that guy who was going to [have] endless talent with no titles. You can imagine today sitting with 100 how much disbelief there is in between what happened then and now.”[email protected]’s dream just became a reality. #RF100 Tour (@ATP_Tour) March 2, 2019Federer elaborated that early on in his career, he would spent too much of energy in the beginning of tournament and would be exhausted by the time quarter-finals arrived but he figured out his way on the journey at the tour.”I think I needed to get really match tough to be able to be at 100 per cent every single day. That was not easy for me. Checking my emotions, that was not easy,” Federer said.”I remember in the beginning of my career, by the time the quarters came around, I was quite exhausted already because I was so happy winning points, disappointed losing points, I would get to the quarters and be tired.”I knew I had to figure out my own attitude on the court to sustain five matches in five days or six matches in six days. Back in the day, the [ATP] Masters 1000s, what we had to do with the best-of-five set final. That was part of it… a lot of things went right. I’m sure I took a lot of good and bad decisions along the way. I couldn’t have done it without a team. My team has been phenomenal throughout.”Also Read | Roger Federer happy to join Jimmy Connors in 100 ATP titles clubAlso Read | Not my last clay-court season: Roger Federer hoping to enjoy action on red dirtlast_img