Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prime Behind Him, Roger Federer Happy to Be 'Laid-Back' Going into Rogers Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prime Behind Him, Roger Federer Happy to Be 'Laid-Back' Going into Rogers Cup

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Federer is 'laid back' going into Rogers Cup


TORONTO - Roger Federer is pretty relaxed.

Who could blame him? At the age of 33, Federer has 17 Grand Slam titles and a family now four children deep after his wife gave birth to twin boys in May.

Off the court, Federer has had a "beautiful time" with his young family. Back on the court at the Rogers Cup, the Swiss star considers himself "more laid back" than he has been at any point during his illustrious tennis career.

"I see the positive side of things today," Federer said. "When I was younger I felt much more pressure. I felt like I had to do what people said, and I would listen to everything. Today I kind of go my pace, and I really enjoy it in the process."

Federer rolled over Canadian wild card Peter Polansky 6-2, 6-0 in his Rogers Cup opener Tuesday night, looking poised and methodical along the way. As the No. 2 seed, he's aiming to win his third title of the year but isn't showing much stress to the people around him.

"What is great is (for Federer to) still have the determination to go out there and work hard and still have the motivation, which I think is something that's really, really important," said tennis legend Stefan Edberg, who's now serving as Federer's coach. "It's been good to see him making some progress this year."

Past his prime, Federer joked that he doesn't have to defend a dozen tournaments a year these days. The No. 3-ranked player in the world has made his mark on history and retains a simpler approach now.

"I feel like I don't really have to prove anything to anybody, even though people are always going to disagree with that," Federer said. "For me it's about how do I feel in practice, how is my motivation, how am I actually really playing, how do I feel it, rather than how is everybody else thinking they see and know it. I can analyze it much more clearer today than I ever have."

Federer has seen plenty of things on the tennis landscape change since turning pro in 1998. Back then, he said, there was much more turnover between world No. …

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