THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Federer: "I Like Tough Draws"
by ATP Staff|
Roger Federer admitted at The Championships on Sunday that he is “ready for the challenge” of potentially needing to beat Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic if he is to retain his Wimbledon title.
“I like tough draws,” said Federer, the seven-time champion. “I don't shy away from them. There's no control over it. All you can control as a tennis player is who you play and who you face. I have a very difficult draw with Rafa being in my quarter.
“My focus is on the first round [against Victor Hanescu]. If you want to win the tournament here, you have to beat the best. That's what I'm here for. I'm very happy to be back, no doubt about it. It's always a privilege.”
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Ten years ago, Federer won the first of his 17 major championship trophies with victory over Mark Philippoussis in the 2003 Wimbledon final.
“It's been an unbelievable 10 years. I can't believe it's been this successful and this nice in the process. I really enjoyed myself on tour. I've played so many matches where I went through so many incredible moments. I'm forever grateful to this first Wimbledon title I was able to achieve here.
“It's all happened a bit too fast for my liking, but I'm happy I'm still playing and continuing to give myself opportunities to be contending for the title here. And being back as well 10 years later as defending champion is quite unique at the same time.”
World No. 3 Federer has a 66-7 record at The Championships, the third Grand Slam championship of the tennis season.
“I do believe grass, the more you play on it, the more you learn about it. Today, I know what it takes, which is a good thing. The excitement is the same. [I’m] still hungry and wanting to win and wanting to prove how good I can play.”
The Swiss, who beat Andy Murray in last year’s final for his seventh Wimbledon title, takes a 5-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record into his first round clash against Hanescu on Monday. They will play at 1pm local time on Centre Court.