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Federer denies reports of serious foot injury

8/2/2005 - Tennis

LONDON -- World No. 1 Roger Federer
says winning the season-ending Masters Cup is his 2005 priority
after claiming the Wimbledon title for the third year running.

Speaking to Swiss agency ATS from his holiday, Federer
denied media reports he was suffering serious foot problems.

He said he would travel to this month's U.S. Open, where he
will attempt to defend his title, without coach Tony Roche who would
rejoin him for the Masters Cup in Shanghai in November.

"I have got lots of goals from here to the end of the season
and I'm really looking forward to playing again," said Federer,
who has not competed since winning Wimbledon in early July and
will return at the Cincinnati Masters in mid-August.

Asked what was his top priority, Federer said: "Possibly the
Masters Cup. I don't play often in Asia and I'm looking forward
to returning to Shanghai.

"The other tournaments are essential for my ranking and it's
often those ones that people remember at the end of your
career."

The Swiss said that, on an emotional level, he was looking
forward to playing in the Davis Cup playoff against Britain in
September.

The winners will retain their place in the elite world
group. Federer missed Switzerland's first round defeat by the
Netherlands in March.

"[Winning] the Davis Cup remains one of the great goals of
my career. At the beginning of every year I analyze my
objectives -- in 2005 my main goal was to keep my No. 1
ranking.

"One day my priority will be Roland Garros and one day it
will be the Davis Cup."

Federer said he had made the right decision not to play in
the March tie because of problems with his feet. These problems
made him decide to miss the post-Wimbledon Gstaad tournament in
Switzerland and the Montreal Masters starting on August 8.

"I went to see a doctor after Wimbledon and the scan
confirmed my fears. I had to miss the Canadian tournament to
avoid taking any risks.

"The nature of my injury has been exaggerated in the press.
I consulted a doctor but there's nothing serious. I don't feel
anything anymore."

Federer's tournament plan for the rest of 2005:

Cincinnati Masters -- starts August 15

U.S. Open -- starts August 29

Davis Cup -- September 23-25

Thailand Open -- starts September 26

Madrid Masters -- starts October 17

Swiss Indoors -- starts October 24

Paris Masters -- starts October 31

Masters Cup -- November 12