Roger Federer has made a surprise return to successful ways after adding two more Grand Slam titles to his trophy cabinet in 2017. The successes this year have also put him within reach of 100 singles titles in his career. After having come from a disappointing 2016 in which he did not lift any silverware due to multiple injuries affecting his form, the 36-year-old has been able to benefit from a redesigned schedule that helps him recover much faster than before.
The world No.2 claimed that he is extremely happy with the campaign so far. The Swiss was speaking ahead of the preliminary place for the Shanghai Masters, which is now underway. Federer has been so happy with the turnaround of titles and the successes in 2017 that he is already forward to the 2018 campaign. In the near future, however, his main focus is already on a potential final clash with Rafael Nadal. The friendly rivalry has been blossoming in recent years as the duo refuse to give up the stranglehold on the titles.
Nadal and Federer have been two of the most successful players in the last decade and they have been able to win an astonishing 35 Grand Slam titles between them. However, the duo could potentially meet with Nadal as the number one once again. The Spaniard was able to reclaim this top spot after a gap of more than three years. He is also going through a brilliant campaign, and the Spaniard was able to dispatch Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to secure the title at the China Open on Sunday.
Roger Federer was not involved in the China Open in order to work on his rehabilitation. Such breaks have helped him immensely in 2017 and it is likely that the 36-year-old may not take part in the ATP 500 tournaments.