A month from turning 34, Roger Federer admitted that he’s more ruthless now than he ever was. Yesterday, Federer blew out Damir Dhzumer in just 68 minutes. That’s right, three sets in 68 minutes, the quickest men’s match of the first round.
“I think it’s also his first time on Centre Court,” Federer said of playing on Centre Court and his opponent Dzhumer. “I’m sure in some crazy way he’s also enjoying himself, can look back and say I played on Centre. It’s where you want to play. So I’m more focused on what I’m trying to do, trying to win the match.
“Back in the day maybe I would not be as ruthless as today. But now it’s trying to focus on what I need to do. The score, it is what it is. I don’t think it really matters at the end of the day what the scoreline is. For me, it’s about playing the tournament, the ball that’s coming from my opponent.
“I can’t mentally go there like that. Can’t really play tennis like that, unless it’s like your best friend or your brother, whatever it is. I’ve had that in some instances, but not against Dzumhur, who I barely know, to be honest.”
Federer then talked about what life he sees for himself after tennis.
“I’d like to drive the kids to school,” Federer said. “I’d like to spend time with them, my wife, live in Switzerland. Yeah, then there’s many other things I’ll be doing, like my foundation. Business, we’ll see. Tennis, we’ll see. But those two things I know for sure.”
In search of an 8th Wimbledon title, Federer plays big-serving American Sam Querrey on Thursday.
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