Federer not aiming for title hat-trick repeat

Roger Federer claims it's not his goal to replicate the stunning end-of-season success he had last year.

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Federer swept all three season-ending indoor titles in Basel, Paris and London to turn an underwhelming 2011 into a triumphant one.

However, that success has meant he has to defend those points this year if he is to have any chance whatsoever of holding on to his world number one ranking. The Swiss is not too perturbed about the upcoming weeks though.

"It all depends on how tough and how much you play, how the scheduling is, who are the opponents, and then maybe get a chance to get on a run," he said in comments quoted on channelnewsasia.com. 

"It should not be my goal now to try and win all three again. The first goal is to see how I play here and take it from there.

"I have to think day by day. It's simple, it's pretty routine, but it's my only way to handle these next couple of crazy weeks."

This season has seen a slight change in the ATP calendar with the off-week between the Paris Masters and the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals abolished to accommodate a longer break before the start of the 2013 tour.

That means Federer will take a decision on his Paris appearance after finishing the ATP 500 tournament in his hometown of Basel where he reached the second-round on Tuesday after beating Benjamin Becker in straight sets. 

The 31-year-old currently leads Novak Djokovic in the ATP World Rankings by 195 points, although the Serb is favourite to leapfrog into the top spot before the year is out. 

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