Federer Rested & Refreshed For Wimbledon Title Tilt
Roger Federer is hoping that good preparation will set him on course for an 18th Grand Slam championship crown
Roger Federer believes that the extra week gap between Roland Garros and Wimbledon will help him as he looks to win an eighth title at The Championships.
“It’s probably been the best preparation I've ever had for Wimbledon,” said Federer. “Because we have a week more on the grass. Winning Halle has given me the extra confidence I guess it's going to take me to win this title here.
“Just the moving on grass takes some adjustment. Also, in my opinion, some physical adjustment, which I had all the time to do. That worked well. I could go early to Halle, train a lot, rest again.”
Federer comes in to the grass-court major with a 34-6 record on the season, including four ATP World Tour titles. Training at the All England Club since Wednesday, Federer admitted, “I can totally pace myself, which is huge in an athlete's career and life.”
Last year, Federer lost out in a five-set clash against Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final. It was his 25 Grand Slam championship title match, but he doesn’t look back on it with much regret.
At a point when he was finding it hard to hit top form, Federer told the media Saturday, “If I do look at last year, I see more the positives than actually the heart-breaking loss in the final.
“I wasn't playing great, and I made the finals. Again, I did end up playing a great tournament. I played some really good tennis.
“This year, I feel my game is better. I've gotten used to the racquet. This is not the first time I'm at Wimbledon with Stefan Edberg. The work I've put in with Severin [Luthi], my coach, I could really aim for Wimbledon this year.”
The second seed opens his campaign against Damir Dzumhur, who will be making his Wimbledon debut. Federer is in the same half of the draw as Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and Rafael Nadal.