Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 21st 2013 Contents BASEL---Roger Federer thinks he made
mistakes this year by playing when
injured, but insists he is ready for a
strong finish to his most difficult sea-
Ahead of his hometown Swiss Indoors
tournament, Federer said he regretted
playing matches with back problems at
Indian Wells in March, and Hamburg and
Gstaad in July.
"With hindsight, I shouldn t have done.
They were errors," said the now seventh-
ranked Federer, who has been one of the
most durable players on tour throughout
The 32-year-old Swiss said he felt
"physically and mentally" prepared for a
possible 15 matches in three season-end-
ing weeks at Basel, the Paris Masters and
ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Still, Federer---who has a relatively
modest 36-13 season record---was cau-
tious when asked if he could repeat his
title hat trick of 2011.
"I don t know if my level of play is
strong enough to do it now," he said.
"That would be a bit bizarre for me if I
start saying that I m going to win the last
15 matches of the season.
"I have to hope so because I know that
I can play really well, especially indoor.
That starts here in Basel with the advan-
tage of playing at home."
Federer, a five-time Swiss Indoors
champion, opens Monday against 60th-
ranked Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.
In his far from typical season, Federer
has regularly lost to unseeded opponents
since injuring his back in March.
Initially, he had shrugged off "a little
tweak" after getting hurt during a routine
victory over Ivan Dodig of Croatia in the
BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Cal-
"I should never have played after
Dodig," Federer reflected yesterday, saying
he lost practice time in the following
After his shocking second-round defeat
at Wimbledon, against Sergiy Stakhovsky
of Ukraine, Federer opted to play on clay
in July rather than rest to prepare for
hard-court events ahead of the U.S. Open.
"I should have abandoned in Hamburg,
not played Gstaad. Nevertheless, I played,
I tried," said Federer, who sustained back-
to-back losses against unheralded oppo-
As a result, Federer has yet to secure
his place at the eight-man ATP finals
which he has won a record six times.
Federer is fighting for one of the three
remaining places with fellow Swiss Stanis-
las Wawrinka, and Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga and Richard Gasquet.
Federer and Wawrinka could meet in
the final at Basel, where they are seeded
No. 3 and 4, respectively.
"I will be happy if Stan qualifies," Fed-
erer said. "If that meant I will miss it, I
honestly won t care. That means he was
the better player for the year." (AP)
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Top-ranked titleholder Serena
Williams will face former winner
Petra Kvitova in her group at the
WTA Championships, which start
tomorrow in Istanbul.
Yesterday s draw for the event that
brings together the top eight players
in the world also put Agnieszka Rad-
wanska and Angelique Kerber in
Williams Red Group.
Second-ranked Victoria Azarenka
heads the White Group, which also
includes Li Na, Sara Errani and Jelena
Jankovic. Third-ranked Maria Shara-
pova pulled out of the event because
of a shoulder injury.
Williams, making her eighth appear-
ance in the event, is looking to become
the first player to successfully defend
the title since Justine Henin in 2007.
If she achieves the feat, she would tie
Chris Evert for third most WTA
Championships with her fourth.
"It s a tough group. I have to be
ready. That s the thing about this tour-
nament and why it s so tough, you
have to be ready from the first match
on," Williams said.
Williams heads into the tournament
with a career-best 10 titles this year
and a 73-4 record.
Kvitova won the event in 2011 and
is the only Grand Slam champion in
the group, apart from Williams.
"Both of the groups are very tough
and I don t think you can choose any-
one who you think is weaker," Kvitova
Azarenka and Jankovic are former
No. 1 players in the world and Li and
Azarenka are Grand Slam champions.
Round-robin play runs from tomor-
row to Friday, with the top two in each
group advancing to Saturday s semi-
Wozniacki of Denmark won her first
tournament of the year, beating German
teenager Annika Beck 6-2, 6-2 in yes-
terday s final of the Luxembourg Open.
Wozniacki, ranked ninth in the world,
completed a confidence-building week in
which she only lost one set by dominating
throughout against her 19-year-old oppo-
She wrapped up the match in 1 hour,
14 minutes, leaving the 57th-ranked Beck
with little more than the experience of
having played in her first WTA tournament
Victory gave former top-ranked Woz-
niacki her 21st career title and ended a
year-long drought. She never went beyond
the fourth round in a grand slam this year.
Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria won
his first ATP tour title yesterday
by beating top-seeded David Fer-
rer of Spain 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the
Stockholm Open final.
The 22-year-old Dimitrov
broke the No. 3-ranked Ferrer s
serve three times to finish off the
match in 2 hours, 10 minutes and
defeat the Spaniard for the first
time in four matches.
"It is a dream come true," said
Dimitrov, who has trained in Swe-
Dimitrov started the year by
reaching his first career final in
Brisbane, but arrived in Stock-
holm on a four-match losing
Federer reflects on
mistake of playing hurt
Switzerland's Roger Federer waves goodbye after losing to
France's Gael Monfils in a match at the Shanghai Masters
tennis tournament at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis
Center in Shanghai, China, last Thursday. AP PHOTO
Serena seeks to retain WTA title
Tennis star Serena Williams of the US poses during a meeting
with the media in Istanbul, Turkey, yesterday. World's top tennis
players will compete in the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships
in Istanbul from tomorrow. AP PHOTO
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki returns the ball towards Germany's Annika Beck, during the final of the
Luxembourg Open 2013, in Kockelscheuer, Luxembourg, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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