Federer: I am fresh and eager
Originally published on: 11/06/13 00:00
The last time Federer failed to put his name on a trophy in the opening six months of the season was in 2000 and the Swiss world No.3 will be hoping that fact remains intact at the conclusion of this week’s Gerry Weber Open.
“I have the feeling that the best part of the season is yet to come,” said Federer, whose best showing this season was a final appearance in Rome. “I do hope that the second half of the season will be better. I only draw the balance at the end of the year or after the US Open.
“Now, I’m fully on the tour, am fresh and eager, having fun and am happy to play matches instead of being on the practice courts all the time.”
The seven-time Wimbledon champion will be bidding for a fifth crown on the grass of Halle, an event he enjoys coming back to each year.
“The moment we arrive here is always great because we leave the big city and come to the countryside sort of,” said Federer, who lost in the opening round of doubles with Tommy Haas. “Here you’re quickly in the nature which is great for the family. I can focus on my tennis, the distances are short, I can recover, relax, don’t lose any precious time with transportation. The people already know but I really like coming back here.”
Federer, who lost to Haas in the final last year, will face Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in his opening match after the German saw off Jimmy Wang 6-2 6-4.