Roger Federer confident of getting his 7th Wimbledon title

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Roger Federer
London, Jun 19: There is something about Wimbledon that instills in Roger Federer a world of confidence and the Swiss maestro was candid enough to admit the fact at the pre-tournament press conference and the Big W.

Already the man with the most grand slam titles to his credit, Federer who has own six Wimbledon trophies is eyeing for the seventh one to draw level with Pete Sampras.

Speaking at the conference, he said, "There's always something on the line at this point when I play the Grand Slams. I know I could tie with Sampras here. It's obviously something very special and important at this point really."

He added, "For me if I close my eyes and think about Wimbledon, it's the moment when I lift the Wimbledon trophy. That's the picture I see the strongest. All the hard work during the year and then also in the preparation. Just staying focused and strong till the very end, to be able to lift up the trophy is a wonderful feeling."

Leaving behind the disappointment of losing to Rafael Nadal in the finals of the recently concluded French Open, FedEx as Federer is fondly called sounded optimistic about his chances at the third Grand Slam of the year.

He said, "I'm happy about my game and I am happy it showed in Paris. I played a wonderful match against Novak, and also all the other matches before that were good. Obviously I come into this tournament very confident. I feel good about my body. The last week was vital for me to recover from my groin injury. I feel like I'm almost back at 100 percent again."

It's for nothing that he has had an enviable record on the grass court of Wimbledon and the Swiss Maestro, gave an insight to why is that. He said, "It's funny. The first time I hit here at Wimbledon on Monday right away after 10 minutes it felt so natural for me to play on grass. I hope that feeling is going to pay off by going deep and then hopefully winning the tournament here."

And added, "But I hope I get into the tournament a bit better than last year where I almost lost in the first round. That's the concern I have right now, not trying to break all these different records."

Talking about the other contenders for the Big W title, he said, "I just think all four guys at the top right now feel very comfortable on grass; whereas maybe in the beginning Rafa was still looking a little bit for how good he was on grass. "I just think all four guys at the top right now feel very comfortable on grass; whereas maybe in the beginning Rafa was still looking a little bit for how good he was on grass. Murray's game is very natural for this surface. Djokovic has been nothing extraordinary yet on grass. But with the run he's on, obviously there's a lot of possibilities for him as well here."

And added, "That's maybe something that's a bit different than maybe in the past, where maybe one of the top four guys wouldn't feel so comfortable on grass. Tthis year it seems like all of us are."

Federer will start his camapign against Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin in the first round.

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