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Federer: "I'm Back Where I Want To Be"

Wimbledon, Great Britain

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer is through to the Wimbledon quarter-finals for a 12th time.

Roger Federer had extra incentive for racing through his match Tuesday at Wimbledon: the chance to watch Switzerland's World Cup game against Argentina, also in the Round of 16, Tuesday in Sao Paulo.

“Clearly I'm excited for it,” said Federer, an-hour-and-a-half before kickoff. “I'm excited I could watch this match. In Halle I was playing the doubles final during the first game against Ecuador. I missed that.

“Clearly I want to see Argentina play with Messi. They have incredible fans. Switzerland, nothing to lose. Just go out there and give it a go. I think that's why we all watch sports. We don't know what's going to happen. I hope it's going to be one of those days where Switzerland can cause the upset.”

Federer came out on the wrong side of an upset last year at Wimbledon, when he lost to Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round, and reflected on the turnaround this season following a 2013 he called, “just frustrating overall”.

“This year things are clearly going better,” he said. “Results show it on the court. I'm getting used to the racquet more and more as every week goes by… I took the positives out of Paris, used them for Halle, and played well there and won it. Now I'm confident again and not fighting with any confidence issues, which is huge in sporting terms.

“I'm happy I got through the first rounds here rather comfortably. I don't think I've lost my serve yet and I'm returning well. I'm in command of the points. That's where you need to be early on to then also be able to perform against the best players.”

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Following his defeat to Stakhovsky, which ended his record run of 36 straight Grand Slam quarter-finals, Federer had made fourth-round exits at the US Open (l. to Robredo) and Roland Garros (l. to Gulbis) and a semi-final run at the Australian Open (l. to Nadal).

The 32-year-old Swiss, through to the Wimbledon quarter-finals for a 12th time, commented that he was now physically in better condition to compete for the title.

“I think Australia went well for me,” he said. “I played some good tennis there last year and again this year. After that, the other three majors for me probably were not really feasible to win, to be honest, especially the US Open. That was the last of the Slams last year where I had most problems.

“So I'm happy I'm sort of physically back where I can put myself in contention. It's been a tougher last sort of couple of years in terms of the Slams, but I feel like I'm back where I want to be. I feel like the game's there, so that's the most important.”

The seven-time Wimbledon champion will next play fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, who also wrapped a straight-sets victory Tuesday prior to kick-off. Despite their shared interest, Federer hadn’t been planning on watching the game with his quarter-final opponent.

“I might just watch the match while having treatment because I'm so tense,” he said. “I'll loosen up at the same time, or I'll do it all afterwards.  I haven't decided yet how to do it.”

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