Federer reveals motivation issues
Roger Federer has claimed he struggled in the past to get motivated for matches against some of the younger opponents on the circuit.
The 37-year-old remains one of the best players in the game, despite gradually edging closer to the day he bids farewell to the pro ranks.
Federer has opened up about his motivation at this stage of his career and has admitted he has found it tough to get up for some matches against younger players looking for a scalp against the old master.
He was quoted by Tennis World, saying: "In the beginning I struggled to only play against younger players because I so much missed playing Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Carlos Moya, Tim Henman and all those guys who I grew up with coming along and been able to play with them and challenge them really.
"I had to find new motivation, inspiration playing against younger guys, why is it all so special playing against younger players and this is where the competition has definitely changed myself.
"I struggled early on to get 100 percent motivated playing against younger guys, even though you want to show what you can do against them, but it was just difficult for me and today I love trying to prove myself day after day against younger guys."
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