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And as much as a return to No. 1 would be gratifying, Federer left no doubt about what would mean even more to him.

“Trophies is what really gets you going. No. 1 is a nice feeling. Every day, when you wake up … you think, `OK, you’re the best at something.’ I’ve had that in the past and that felt great,” he said. “Obviously, it’s really titles that interest you the most at this moment.”

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