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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.”