Roger Federer: ‘I feel like I’m in good shape, I feel very strong’

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Former world No.1 and 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer feels healthy and “strong” ahead of the French Open.

The Swiss No. 2 lost in his opening round match in a Masters 1000 event for the first time in four years, but it comes on the heels of the birth of his twin boys, which explained his absence from the Madrid tournament last week.

With the French Open less than 10 days away, Federer has only had six matches on clay so far this season, but is not worried about his preparation for the second Grand Slam event of the year.

“Playing well in Monaco [in April] was helpful in the sense that when I went to training I knew what I needed to work on,” said Federer. “I feel like I’m in good shape. I feel very strong.

“After Rome, it was more just staying in the rhythm and relaxing again before Paris, Halle and Wimbledon. It’s an important stretch now for me, and I don’t want to come into this tournament uninspired or tired… For me it’s really about being fresh mentally more than anything at this point.”

When asked about how the latest set of twins have impacted his training, Federer admitted that he relished his newfound responsibility and that it only made him stronger.

“[Leo and Lenny] sleep that much that I don’t feel bad yet [about] going out of the room and coming back,” admitted Federer on Friday. “Because I was [at] home and it gave me more time to train, I think I have become a touch stronger in the last few weeks and months really.

“Things are fairly normal. Clearly, there is a bit more happening… but Mirka takes care of most of it. I hold them as much as I can, but I clearly also want to go out and about with the girls [Charlene and Myla Rose].”

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