Not surprisingly Roger Federer is in positive mind frame entering Wimbledon. The Swiss has won the event seven times and it’s the site of his most recent Slam victory in 2012.
And Federer comes into the tournament playing good tennis following a Halle title last weekend.
“I feel like I’m a contender for the tournament,” Federer told the media on Saturday at Wimbledon. “I feel like if things click here, I should be able to win the tournament; whereas at Roland Garros I feel like I’m slightly more dependent on [Nadal].
“[When I play at Wimbledon] it’s more on my racquet. As soon as that’s the case, you are more confident in your chances.
“[Winning] Halle I think helped me in the sense that I know that things are good on grass. I’m not coming in from a bad Halle, a bad Wimbledon last year, then I would have more question marks.”
Federer was placed in a advantageous section of the draw with friend Stan Wawrinka as his top contender. But last year a good draw proved no worth as the lowly Sergei Stakhovsky stunned the former No. 1.
“I clearly want to do better than last year, there’s no doubt about it,” he said. “I had too many hiccups leading into Wimbledon and I probably felt those [results]. Plus, Stakhovsky did play well, so you’ve got to give him credit.
“I hope to utilize my fitness, the amount of matches I’ve played this year. So I’m really coming in with a much better feeling than maybe in the last year.”
And Federer is injury free.
“It’s a pleasure being healthy and really fit and eager to give it a go again,” Federer added. “This year I feel all the options are there: return, serve, serve and volley, my backhand – everything is working to my liking. For that reason, I feel I’m a bit more relaxed mentally because I know it is there.”
The father of four will play Tuesday against Italian Paolo Lorenzi.
Federer is also making his Wimbledon debut with former champion Stefan Edberg.
The Swiss also talked about leaving the ATP Player Council after six years.
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