I've never felt better before Wimbledon, says Federer

Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:22am EDT
 
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - Roger Federer has not won a grand slam title since 2012, he is at that age when he keeps getting asked about his retirement plans, and he is about to bid farewell to another one of his contemporaries.

Rather than looking back on a stellar career that has earned him a record 17 grand slam titles, the 33-year-old Swiss declared on Saturday he has never felt better coming into Wimbledon.

"It's probably been the best preparation I've ever had for Wimbledon because we have a week more on the grass," Federer told reporters about the extended three-week grasscourt swing ahead of Wimbledon. 

"Winning Halle has given me the extra confidence I guess it's going to take me to win this title here."

Twelve months ago his hopes of hoisting the gilded Challenge Cup for a record eighth time were dashed in a heartbreaking five-set loss to world number one Novak Djokovic.

Rather than dwelling on what he failed to achieve as a result of that defeat, Federer was more focused on what the run to the final 12 months ago taught him.

"Last year's final ... if it does something, it goes to show that I was playing well. I wasn't playing great and I (still) made the finals," said the second seed, who tuned up for Wimbledon by winning his eighth title in Halle.

"I didn't expect myself to right away make the finals. To be honest, I was still somewhat on the way back (after injury niggles in 2013). But things went faster than I thought they would."   Continued...

 
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Gael Monfils of France during their men's singles match during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, June 1, 2015.      REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes