Roger Federer ready to "beat the best"

Updated: 2010-10-07 23:00
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HONG KONG - Roger Federer said here on Thursday that he could dominate the court once again, now that he's physically and mentally stronger.

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Swiss tennis player Roger Federer meets reporters upon his arrival for a promotional event in Hong Kong October 7, 2010. Federer will take part in the Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai next week.  [Photo/Agencies]

Before heading to Shanghai for his upcoming matches at the ATP Masters tournament, Roger Federer stopped by Hong Kong to meet the press.

When talking about his rivalry with Rafael Nadal and the world's No. 1 spot, the Swiss star showed great confidence despite slipping to No.3 in the world rankings for the first time in nearly seven years.

"Obviously he (Nadal) is a stronger player today than a few years ago but the same counts for me even though the ranking has slipped maybe a little bit.

"With a few minor adjustments I think I can really beat the best without a problem. Without being arrogant but I know I have the game and I'm playing really well right now," he said.

Federer took a four-week break from the tournaments after a disappointing loss to Novak Djorkovic at the semifinal of US Open.

"I practised extremely hard for the last three weeks," he said. "I feel like I am ready to go for the rest five."

The mighty Federer added that he is now mentally fresh, "eager to play again" and still enjoying the fun of playing tennis.

"I have no intention to quit the game and I am looking forward to the future," he said.

The tennis star also opened up to the media about how well he's adapting to family life, looking after his 15-month old twin daughters.

"The role as a father is a very important one too, not as important as the mum in the beginning but nevertheless I'm the guy that's catching my daughters from doing naughty things or hurting themselves, so it's very interesting. It's a lot of fun. I'm learning a lot everyday." He said.

During his time in Hong Kong, Federer also attended a tennis coaching session for students with learning disabilities.