Chong Wei looks to Federer for inspiration

By Seng Foo 24 July 2017 1326
Chong Wei looks to Federer for inspiration
Lee Chong Wei wants to emulate Roger Federer after watching the Swiss produce a spirited victory recently.
 
The Malaysian No. 1 shuttler, who will turn 35 in October, will be playing at his 10th BWF World Championships this August, having reached the final on four occasions without winning once.
 
After national athletes Azizulhasni Awang, Ziyad Zolkefli, Abdul Latif Romly and, most recently, Cheong Jun Hoong became world champions in their respective sports this year, more pressure is on the three-time Olympic silver medallist to finally come out on top at the upcoming Glasgow showdown.
 
With that in mind, Lee decided to look at Federer as an inspiration.
 
The 35-year-old tennis star defied his age to win his eighth Wimbledon trophy and 19th Grand Slam championship by defeating Marin Cilic earlier this month.
 
"I watched Roger Federer win the Wimbledon trophy and I feel he is someone I can learn from," Lee told reporters.
 
"Our age gap is not that huge, so he showed me how to handle the pressure [of playing at an advanced age]."
 
Lee also hinted that this year's world meet might be his last.
 
"Maybe it will be my last time [playing at the BWF World Championships].
 
"I cannot promise I will still play at another world championship as I need to look at my condition first," he added.

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