"There is a lot of pressure. Sometimes I have been disappointed with my play when it really mattered. I was able to deliver when I had to. I was able to come up with the goods. It was one of those tournaments I kind of need this way right now."
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It marks the 10th anniversary of Roger Federer first becoming World No. 1 on 2 February 2004. The abiding memory is of Federer dropping to his knees and raising his arms in celebration. It was 9:30 p.m. in Melbourne, on 30 January 2004, and he had just beaten his rival for No. 1.
Roger Federer traded shots with his hero Rod Laver on Wednesday in the stadium that bears the Australian great's name before promising that his hunger for grand slam titles remains as strong as ever.
The magnitude of Australian great Laver’s influence on the sport is not lost on Federer and the Swiss great was humbled to have his idol participate in the charity night celebrating 10 years of the Roger Federer Foundation.
Australian tennis legend Laver says Federer is the greatest player of all time. Federer has won a record 17 Grand Slam titles and occupied the No. 1 spot for 302 weeks in a gilded career that has had many to proclaim him as the finest in history.