Roger Federer: I’m In Top Form
by Tom Gainey | June 15th, 2015, 9:23 am
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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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20 Comments for Roger Federer: I’m In Top Form

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Two headlines that can just be stored and pulled out before every grand slam:

Fed: I’m in top form! Practicing well, feeling great. Back problems are gone.

Raf: I am having problems but I will try my best and we’ll see


Pamela Says:

Vagabond – you nailed it!!!


Jeez Says:

Federer could lose ATM!!


Daniel Says:

Fed had 2 MP in Kolh serve but is now 2 points away from losing third set breaker. Tense times.

Very difficult opponent for a first round


Daniel Says:

MPnon serve now after going back from 3-5 for Fed


Daniel Says:

And he did it. wins a match where he didn’t broke serve


Jeez Says:

@Daniel
Fed did break @ 3-2 in SET 1 for 4-2 but gave it back in his next service game!!

Yes from there Federer couldn’t break Kohlschreiber’s serve even on those MATCH POINTS he had in the 10th game of 3rd SET!!


sienna Says:

lmao
the stick he would get if Kohlie could have taken third set is gigantic….
I still reckon haters are about to feed this thread.
to close for comfort but in second round.


Daniel Says:

Next round coulbe tuff as well, Stakhov brat him Eimbledon before and can play on grass. Gulbis beat him before as well.

This is going to be a hard tounament for Fed. But maybe is what he needs, to get battle tested. Wimbledon he will not have this rad competition from the get go due to his #2 seed so he can play himself into form better.


Daniel Says:

Jeez,

Thanks for correcting me, when I start checking scores it was already 5-5 first set, didn’t know they exchanged breaks, shoyld have checked match stats😜

What matters is that he won. Nadal last week didn’t look impressive in all his first two matchs but than in finals he was full of confidence and serving double digits aces.


MMT Says:

Actually Federer won fewer games in the match than Kohlschreiber. I think there’s a term for that, but I don’t recall it now, but basically Federer won fewer games, got broken more often…but still won the match. It’s a shame for Kohlschreiber…he’s a good player.


jane Says:

tennis vagabond, first one, lol. :)


Hippy Chick Says:

Tennis Vagabond lol,you know how to be funny,unlike some who seem to think crude and smutty or sexism passes for humour,still each to their own i suppose….


chris ford1 Says:

In other news, Raonic, who could be a danger at Wimbledon, is back from his foot surgery and also won at Halle.

And far, far away from the superstar and main tour of tennis spotlight, there was this clay challenger event in Slovakia. And a match between one Djordje Djokovic and Peter Vadja. Djokovic’s younger bro and the nephew of Novak’s coach, Marian Vadja.

Younger Djoker lost, 6-3, 6-2 – so family tennis bragging rights in Nole’s camp go to his coach.


Markus Says:

I’m glad Federer plays better than he talks. He gives the most boring interviews. His comments almost always sound pre-packaged.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Markus, I have to disagree. True, Fed always give the self-pep talk before big events, but I find him refreshingly candid. He has a immmm healthy ego, and he doesn’t hide it. He gives actually honest and intelligent assessments post-matches, without worrying about ruffling feathers, and he works in assorted mind games in pre-match interviews. And he’s funny.


Markus Says:

TV, Roger is a nice and smart guy and that shows in his interviews. However, he does not show the sharp quick funny wit of Andy (Murray and Roddick) and Marat Safin. He’s honest in his comments, that’s for sure. I just find it rather dull. But it’s all very subjective so no big arguments from me.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I’ll grant you that. Roddick (when he matured) gave the best interviews – he should be great in his new role. Too bad he was such an @%$* on court.


Markus Says:

@%$* there it is, something we do agree on. :-)


chris ford1 Says:

Roger may be dull. But he is smart enough to know these days, bland and non-controversial players of big talent are what, the endorsers that pay out the real big bucks, crave.

I don’t think he will light up the TV if he does announcing work. Nor Rafa, no? Andy and Serena might work out well, and Djokovic too, if he isn’t running for President.

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