Federer “Energised and Eager To Play”
Wimbledon, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
Two years removed from his most recent Grand Slam conquest, Roger Federer is looking forward to the opportunity to add a record eighth Wimbledon trophy to his collection.
An exuberant Federer expressed his eagerness to contest his 25th major final, having overcome a “difficult” 2013 campaign.
“I clearly am very excited for the final, because that's how you want to feel before a final,” said Federer following a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Milos Raonic in Friday’s semi-finals. “[I am] totally energised and eager to play.
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“I must say this year has been very solid. Now this tournament as well has been very good. Also with Halle, just backing it up and getting the small rest you get in preparing for Wimbledon. I was able to get through that, as well.”
It has been a dominant stretch for the World No. 4, relinquishing one set en route to a ninth final at SW19 and dropping serve just once. With momentum on his side, a physically and emotionally charged Federer is pleased with his current form.
“My matches have been pretty quick. Clearly a semi like this is a perfect result before a big match in the final. Especially now things get easier just because you know you have one match left. I have a lot of energy in the tank.”
The 32 year old attributes his return to the title match at the All England Club to the hard work his team has put in on and off the court. The oldest finalist on the lawns of Wimbledon since Ken Rosewall (39) in 1974, Federer credits his camp for his strong performance this fortnight.
“Stefan is clearly a piece of the puzzle, so is my fitness coach, Severin, and everybody around me,” the Swiss said. “They make it possible for me to wake up every morning motivated, healthy, fit, and eager to play. It's clearly a team effort to a degree.”
Federer, who will rise to the No. 3 position in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday, is bidding to win the Gerry Weber Open and Wimbledon in the same calendar year for the fifth time. He also achieved the feat in 2003-'06. It will be the 10th time he duels with rival Novak Djokovic with a tour-level trophy on the line.
“You've got to love the game, because if you don't love it, then it's just going to be too hard," added Federer regarding his motivation. "I think that's kept me going quite easily actually, because I know why I'm playing tennis. Deep down that's really important.”