03 Jan '12, 12am

Pain makes me stronger, says tennis Grand Slam record-holder Roger Federer

Swiss player Roger Federer speaks during a press conference ahead of the ATP Qatar Open Tennis tournament at Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha on Monday Jan 2, 2012. -- PHOTO: AP DOHA (AFP) - Grand Slam record-holder Roger Federer believes that his capacity for playing through pain is one of the reasons why he can challenge for the top titles again in 2012. Speaking the day before starting the defence of his Qatar Open title, Federer cut an optimistic figure as he contemplated life on an increasingly taxing tour well into his 31st year. 'I'm happy to see I'm holding up well. You know, I definitely think that's a key to success, as much as playing well and being well prepared,' Federer said. 'But also one looks at the big picture, longevity, not just thinking in the very moment. I didn't panic after some really tough losses through the summer. 'I was able to actuall...

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