Ahead of Miami Masters, Federer says age is just a number

Zee Media Bureau

Miami: For the Swiss maestro, `age is just a number`. Following his final defeat at Indian Wells to Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer said that tennis players `don`t just forget how to play tennis`. And in the latest tennis rankings, the former world number one has improved his standings, at five.

Despite the loss, the 32-year-old was upbeat and is going for yet another round of challenging tennis. Earlier, many have questioned the 17-time Grand Slam winner`s ability to play tennis at the highest level. Interestingly, Federer is the only player in the ATP Tour to register 20 wins in 2014, besides Marin Cilic.

In fact, the three-set thriller at Indian Wells halted Federer`s 11-match winning streak. Having won the tournament four times at Indian Wells, Roger was chasing his 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. An unperturbed Roger claimed that the fire still burns for him. “ few weeks ago, months ago, a few people said I couldn`t play tennis anymore, he added.

After the Indian Wells event, now his focus is at the Miami Masters. The Basel-native, having awarded a bye in the opening round, will start his campaign against the winner of first round match between 53rd ranked Crotian Ivo Karlovic and a qualifier.

Roger is the only player to have won the hugely demanding Indian Wells-Miami double. In this edition, he has been grouped with Djokovic – who is chasing a second Indian Wells-Miami double, and defending champion Andy Murray in the bottom half of the draw.