Federer says grand slams take precedence over ranking

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Published on February 8, 2019 - Duration: 01:09s

Federer says grand slams take precedence over ranking

Roger Federer says he hopes to play in a few tournaments before heading to the French Open as he looks to maintain a top level in the game at 37.

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Federer says grand slams take precedence over ranking

SHOWS: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (FEBRUARY 8, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (French) SWISS TENNIS PLAYER, ROGER FEDERER, SAYING: "Obviously, the objective is that my level of game is high enough to beat Rafa (Spanish tennis player, Rafael Nadal) and Djoko (Serbian tennis player, Novak Djokovic).

And when your game level is high enough to play against them, maybe win, well, it means that, normally the ranking will follow.

For me at 37 years, ranking is no longer the priority.

If I can get first, which I think, someday won't happen, it is normal at my age, I don't play enough tournaments to do it, there are others who will do it.

So, obviously, I don't play for the ranking." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (French) SWISS TENNIS PLAYER, ROGER FEDERER, SAYING: "I'm in the process of preparing myself for the tournament in Dubai which will take place at the end of month, I will be playing there.

Then Indian Wells (California) and Miami (Florida), and then we'll see exactly which tournaments before Roland-Garros (French Open) and Wimbledon.

Then, I can continue if you want, but to answer the question, yes I continue my career - no change after Australia.

I am motivated, in good form, and looking forward to the future." STORY: Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer said on Friday (February 8) that he plans to play tournaments including Dubai and Masters events in Indiana Wells and Miami on the way to the French Open, but at 37 is no longer chasing the top ranking.

Federer, speaking at a Geneva news conference to launch the Laver Cup being held in the Swiss city from Sept.

20-22, hoped that compatriot Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic would join him and Rafal Nadal on the Europe team.

The 20-times Grand Slam champion saw his bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles crushed last month by Greek wunderkind Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals.

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