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Federer: "I Have Become A Touch Stronger"

Paris, France

Roger Federer might have two sets of twins to look after now, but that hasn’t stopped him from training hard for Roland Garros, which begins on Sunday. In fact, the extra responsibility made him stronger.

“[Leo and Lenny] sleep that much that I don’t feel bad yet [about] going out of the room and coming back,” admitted Federer on Friday. “Because I was [at] home and it gave me more time to train, I think I have become a touch stronger in the last few weeks and months really.

“Things are fairly normal. Clearly, there is a bit more happening… but Mirka takes care of most of it. I hold them as much as I can, but I clearly also want to go out and about with the girls [Charlene and Myla Rose].”

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Despite a loss to Jeremy Chardy in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia second round last week, Federer insists that he is confident of a strong performance in Paris. His run to the final at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters is still fresh in the memory.

“Playing well in Monaco [in April] was helpful in the sense that when I went to training I knew what I needed to work on,” said Federer. “I feel like I'm in good shape. I feel very strong.

“After Rome, it was more just staying in the rhythm and relaxing again before Paris, Halle and Wimbledon. It's an important stretch now for me, and I don't want to come into this tournament uninspired or tired… For me it's really about being fresh mentally more than anything at this point.”

Federer, who picked up the 2009 Roland Garros title (d. Soderling), has been drawn to face Lukas Lacko in the first round. 

“I know he likes having a good rhythm,” said Federer, looking ahead to the clash. “He hits early. I practised with him several times.

“I'm very confident if I need to go deep in a match or play tough matches in a row. We'll see also how it's going to be with the weather. I heard it's going to be quite difficult, especially the first week.”

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