Superstar Roger Federer will begin his 22nd Wimbledon campaign against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino on Tuesday. However, Swiss Maestro revealed that he was excited ahead of the Grass court major event in SW19.
After 13 months of lay-off, the 20-time Grand Slam champion resumed his action at the Qatar Open in March. He has competed in the four tournaments in his comeback, but he has struggled to find his rhythm.
Federer fell in the quarterfinal in Doha, and afterwards, he exited in Geneva with opening round defeat. Later on, the Swiss withdrew from the French Open before playing the fourth round. He recently bowed out from the Halle Open after a surprise three-set loss to Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Nevertheless, Roger believes that he can do significantly better in Wimbledon Championships regardless of previous downfalls.
“The good thing now, looking back, is I know it will not happen here because I’m ready, I’m excited, I’m pumped up. I know I can do so much better,” Federer said in the pre-tournament press conference.
“I Come Here(Wimbledon) Feeling Mentally Strong”, says Roger Federer
The 39-year-old from Basel also emphasised that he feels optimistic, and his current goal is to storm into the second week of Wimbledon.
“I think I’ve got to take the positives out of these last few weeks, that I’m actually here at Wimbledon right now, and I have a chance. I know if I get rolling, I get into the second week – which is the goal here right now, that I get stronger and stronger as every match goes by – I believe it’s very much possible,” Roger Federer added.
Federer is the top title winner and match-winner of Wimbledon. He has won eight titles and 101 matches on the turf surface.
Swiss also expressed, “I come here feeling mentally stronger than the last set I played in Halle, which was clearly not the standard I like.”
It will be the seventh meeting between Roger Federer and Adrian Mannarino. Swiss leads French 6-0 in their head-to-head series. In the latest, Federer defeated Mannarino in straight sets at 2018 Wimbledon.