Roger Federer is targeting a third Miami Masters title this week having won his past sixteen matches.
Federer did the Indian Wells-Miami double back in 2005 and 2006 and the Swiss' chances of repeating the feat are looking pretty good right now but he's not taking anything for granted.
“I'd love to win another double, [at] Indian Wells and Miami,” Federer said. “I've done it twice before. I know how to do it, but I know how difficult it is. Just because I'm playing well doesn't mean that the rest of the group is not.”
“I'm just happy I have been able to win six out of eight tournaments. It's special. I come into this tournament hoping to survive the first round. Let's be honest, that is my focus right now. I think you go into a new tournament after winning one before with a lot of confidence, so that's the good thing. Do I feel more pressure? Not really, just because I have been around for so long that I know how to handle pressure situations.”
It's a very encouraging vein of form for Federer and his fans and he has the added bonus of a particularly nice draw this week with out-of-form duo Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish, the big names in his section.
“I'm not the defending champion here. I only have a semi-final to defend,” Federer explained. “So things are going really well for me. It's about doing all the right things, being professional, before the match, and hopefully sort of find a good way into the tournament. That's my first priority right now.”