Roger Federer comfortable with underdog status

Roger Federer says that he will swing with more freedom against Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Roger Federer has tried to take the pressure off himself ahead of his last-four encounter with Rafael Nadal at the ATP World Tour Finals.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion has suffered a decline this season, underlined by early exits at Wimbledon and the US Open, while also slipping to seventh in the rankings.

In contrast, the Spaniard has enjoyed a remarkable comeback season, winning at Roland Garros and Flushing Meadows on his way to retaking the number-one ranking from Novak Djokovic.

"I just feel like I need to look at it more as being an underdog a little bit because of circumstances, because of my year, because of his year," Federer told Sky Sports News.

"Maybe that free swinging is what I need to do a little bit more. We know each other that well.

"Hopefully it's going to match up good for me. If not, he deserves it. He's had a wonderful season."

Nadal holds a 21-10 head-to-head advantage over the Swiss star and has won their last three meetings.

Roger Federer celebrates his win over Juan Martin Del Potro during the quarter finals of the Paris Masters on November 1, 2013
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