The grass is here and arguably the best player on the surface is still Roger Federer. The Swiss is in Halle this week where he has won the title seven times, including last year which he said helped launch he back up the rankings.
“I’ve been playing great for the last 12 months,” Federer said. “I had the feeling that everything went well after I played at Halle last year, except in Australia where it didn’t go so well. But I was confident everywhere else, so I hope I can play well here.”
Federer is of course also eyeing Wimbledon which begins in just two weeks.
“Of course at this stage of my career I want to have the perfect preparation for Wimbledon,” said Federer. “That means a victory here. I want to defend the title in a tough field of competitors. That’s exactly what I need right now.
“I’m glad that the lawn season is about to begin. I’m in top form, performing well in practise and I hope to get a good start again.”
The second ranked Federer has won three titles this year, but in Grand Slam play he failed to make the semifinals at both the French and the Australian Open.
In a rematch of their 2008 final, Federer will meet German Philipp Kohlschreiber Monday night.
“It’s a difficult hurdle for both of us but it is also nice to play against one another,” Federer said. “It’s going to be a good test. If I get through that I know that I’m in real good form and can win the tournament .. because Phillipp is one of the best players on lawn in the world momentarily.”
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