Federer focus on title alone
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:35
Federer’s victory in the French Open earlier this month saw him become only the sixth man to complete a career Grand Slam. And a first triumph at Roland Garros also meant the Swiss star equalled Pete Sampras’ record of 14 major titles.
The 27-year-old now has the chance to break that record at the All England Club, but the world number two, who is trying to keep thoughts of a record 15th grand slam at the back of his mind, said: “In Paris it was just about trying to win my first Paris. Then if it happens at the same time that I was able to tie Andre Agassi or Rod Laver by winning all four majors, or the 14 of Sampras, it was maybe very fitting that it all happened at once.”
He added: “But I didn’t particularly enter the French trying to tie Pete’s record. I was just trying to win my first Roland Garros. It’s a very different approach.
“I think when you’re down lower, when you have eight or nine majors maybe and you’re trying to get up there, this is when you’re maybe forcing it more.
“Since I’ve been very close, I knew I had some time on my side. I knew if things fell into place that I was gonna win more majors. Same thing here. I don’t feel any pressure having to beat Pete’s record right now this week, but I know that things are looking good for me.
“If I win Paris, there’s obviously a very good chance I can also win Wimbledon, without underestimating any of the opponents, because they’re all playing very well and they want to win the tournament here, as well.”