9 Oct 2013

Federer plans for the future

5:18 am on 9 October 2013

Roger Federer is convinced he can still compete at the pinnacle of men's tennis, and he's intent on ending a rough year on a high by reaching the World Tour Finals.

The Swiss great, who has slipped to seventh in the world rankings after failing to reach a Grand Slam final this year, says his aim at the start of the year was to qualify for the end-of-season showpiece in London and nothing has changed.

The 32-year-old, who's won just one title this year, is seventh in the race to reach next month's Tour Finals featuring the season's best eight players, and Federer's due to play his first match at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday, although a typhoon severely restricted the first day's programme.