Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer has said that he feels his best tennis is 'just around the corner' as he seeks to back up his Dubai title win on Saturday with a record fifth Indian Wells crown, which, if successful, would be his 79th career title.
Federer won titles at Indian Wells from 2004-2006 and again in 2012 and showed top form in reaching the Australian Open semi-finals and taking his sixth Dubai crown which included beating Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals and Tomas Berdych in the final.
According to Sport24, although Federer battled nagging injuries much of last year, he views himself in a strong position to go far in events and add to his record total of 17 men's Grand Slam titles, saying that he has a new spark of confidence based upon hard work in the off-season.
Federer further said that he feels he is a good shape now and that his best tennis is just around the corner as he now wakes up with 'zero pain', adding that his Dubai Open win is a good start to the season.
However, Federer admitted that he had to face a lot of pressure especially when he gets disappointed with his play sometimes, although he said that he needs tournaments like Indian Wells to help him get through all those barriers.
The Swiss star will have Stefan Edberg with him as coach, one of four former Indian Wells winners on hand to guide others, with Michael Chang helping Japan's Kei Nishikori, Boris Becker working with Djokovic and Ivan Ljubicic coaching Canada's Milos Raonic, the report added.