Roger Federer Wimbledon 2019

‘It’s go time,’ Federer ready to push for 9th Wimbledon title

Roger Federer is feeling confident heading into the grass court season as he sets his sights on an unprecedented ninth Wimbledon triumph.

The 20-time Slam champion withdrew from the French Open to better prepare for play on the lawns of SW19, and is certainly happy with his decision.

“I probably would have taken the place I am today,” Federer told reporters in Halle.

“March was still very early days for my comeback but I just felt like it was a good time to come back.

“I thought that Doha actually went extremely well overall because I know my expectations were close to zero over there. So I’m happy I was able to play two competitive matches over there.”

Federer returned to the tour in Qatar after 14 months out, defeating Dan Evans before losing to eventual champion Nikoloz Basilashvili.

“Ever since I’ve only seen improvement, no setbacks,” the Swiss maestro revealed.

“After I guess the two operations I have to be extremely careful with every move I do. But now it’s really go time. This is essentially where the season really hopefully starts for me.

“I’m going to probably push a little bit more in practice this afternoon or maybe tomorrow, just to get the body ready for the grass courts, and I hope I have no negative reactions.

“I’m pretty positive about my chances… I’m confident that somehow I’ll be fine in the coming days. But of course I want to stay injury-free. That’s the most important [thing] right now.”

Federer will also be in with a chance of claiming an 11th career title in Halle.