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Titles not rankings are Fed's priority

31st March 2019, 17:09 by Craig Smithson

Roger Federer is not looking at becoming world number one again as his main priority now is to win more titles.

The 37-year-old Swiss is poised to move up one place to fourth spot in the rankings regardless of how he fares against American John Isner in the Miami Open final on Sunday evening.

However, he is almost 6,000 ranking points adrift of current number one Novak Djokovic so recognises that it will be a tall order to try and usurp the Serbian.

But Federer knows he that he can continue to accrue titles between now and when he decides to retire from the sport, including adding to his 20 Grand Slam crowns.

When asked about targeting a return to top spot in the world rankings, Federer told Sky Sports: "I think it's not reasonable to think that way at 37.

"I think it was one of the favourite moments in my life last year in Rotterdam when I was able to get back to world No 1 at 36, having won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in the same year, and winning the Sunshine Double and all that stuff, it just aligned itself beautifully.

"Novak has just won three (Grand) Slams, so I think it would be a bit of a joke if I said that was my goal."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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