17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer believes he is truly a contender to win the Wimbledon Championships this year.
“I feel like I’m a contender for the tournament,” said the World No. 4, seeded fourth this year. “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.”
Federer, who lost to Sergiy Stakhovsky in a staggering upset at last year’s Championships in the second round of the tournament, believes he is in a far better state this time around, both mentally and physically, and that should make all the difference as he pursues his eighth title at the event.
“I clearly want to do better than last year, there’s no doubt about it,” admitted Federer. “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 utilise 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.”
The former world No. 1 believes this yea he has “options” in his game and that he is far more relaxed and motivated to succeed.
“It’s a pleasure being healthy and really fit and eager to give it a go again,” said Federer. “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.”