Roger Federer will begin the 2013 season more motivated than ever to compete for tennis’ biggest prizes.
The 31-year-old was unable to make it three titles in a row at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Monday night as he went down 7-6 (8/6) 7-5 to world number one Novak Djokovic in a high-class final at London’s O2 Arena.
Federer is six years older than Djokovic and Andy Murray and five years older than Rafael Nadal and has won almost everything there is to win in the game, but the senior member of the big four remains as committed to the sport as ever.
He said: “I think it’s the love for the game, the appreciation I get from the crowds, I guess playing for records from time to time, playing against different types of generations and playing styles.
“I think you need inspiration, motivation from different angles to keep you going because it isn’t that simple just to wake up every morning and go for another travel around the world, another practice, another fitness workout, another stretch.”