Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Seven is the target for Federer

Roger Federer admits the Wimbledon title is always his "number one goal" each year, but even more so this season as he seeks to equal the feat of the great Pete Sampras.

The US grass-court legend achieved seven men's singles titles at SW19 between 1993 and 2000 with Federer just one away from that tally.

The Swiss ace, who beat Sampras in a fourth round match at Wimbledon as a teenager in 2001, looks to be ready to prove the doubters wrong, with many feeling his Grand Slam days were over.

Having sneaked under the radar to reach the final of the French Open, Federer looks to have not only found an extra desire, but also some added confidence. The Wimbledon 2011 odds show he is still set to do well.

His win over the previously unbeaten Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in the Roland Garros semis raised a few eyebrows among the pundits, but highlighted that the 29-year-old is not done yet at the very top level.

Speaking about the third Grand Slam event of the year, the world number three admitted: "It's obviously the huge priority right now, to win Wimbledon. That's always the number one goal in the season.

Federer went on to add: "Wimbledon is where it all started for me back in 2003, so that's why I always really enjoy coming back."

The 16-time Grand Slam champion will once again prepare for SW19 by playing the Halle grass-court event in Germany – a tournament which he has won on no fewer than five occasions in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008.

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