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Federer: I_Ñém in a good spot right now


 

Originally published on: 23/06/12 00:00

Roger Federer told a group of assembled press that, irrespective of how many titles he has won, “any one is a special one. Doesn’t matter if it was number five, number two or number seven here at Wimbledon”.

Naturally his sights are set on being at the All England Club at the end of the second week.

“I am dreaming of the title. There’s no denying that," admitted the Swiss. "But of course I’ve played two quarter finals now the last couple of years. I want to do better. I have to do better in this event because I could have gone further the last couple."

"A seventh [win] would be amazing," he added. "I think that would be tying Pete which I think would be absolutely fantastic, obviously, you know, admiring Pete when I was younger."

The No.4 believes his preparation for the event has been good, despite defeat to Tommy Haas in the Halle final.

“I felt good," he said. "I’ve taken a couple of days off after Halle when we got here. Been able to get the practises even because of the rain. I don’t feel like I have to work on anything specific because I feel everything is good in my game. Physically I have no ongoing injuries. I’m in a good spot right now."

Asked about Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, he acknowledged: “They have done amazing the last years, not just the last year or so. Obviously Novak stood out the most because of his amazing winning streak last year, you know him winning again in Australia and going for the Grand Slam, sort of four in a row in Paris. Rafa was able to defend his French Open title. It wasn’t a surprise but it’s always impressive to see Rafa do that."

“I fancy my chances here and at the US Open," he added, and the intention remains to close the gap on the world's top two.

He opens his campaign against Spaniard Albert Ramos, who he has never played before. “I have to study or hear as well about what to expect for him," conceded the Swiss, adding that the draw has thrown up some "great first rounds, which I'm very excited to watch."

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