Roger Federer goes into Wimbledon feeling “perfect” and confident of ending the grand slam domination of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Nadal’s win over Djokovic in the final of the French Open two weeks ago was the fourth consecutive time they had met in a slam decider, setting a new record.
Federer was no match for Djokovic in their semi-final at Roland Garros, losing in straight sets, but the six-time Wimbledon champion thinks things can be different at the All England Club this year.
The 30-year-old Swiss said: “I think it’s up to somebody else to break that mould. They have done amazingly well the last few years, not just the last year or so.
“Hopefully it’s my time of the year now. It’s exciting times ahead. I fancy my chances here and at the US Open.”
Federer added of Djokovic and Nadal: “As long as they’re number one and number two, they face each other in the final. It’s maybe a good thing for them, a hard thing for us.
“At the same time, I’m very close to breaking that, and hopefully I can make a run here at Wimbledon.
“My confidence is very good. I’ve won very many tournaments, so many matches the last year or so that I feel perfect in this regard. I’m match-fit. I’m match-tough right now, and I think that’s also key going into a grand slam.”
Federer will begin his Wimbledon campaign against Spain’s Albert Ramos on Monday on the back of a shock defeat by German veteran Tommy Haas in the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle last weekend.
But the world number three has been very happy with his preparation for Wimbledon, saying: “This year things have been very good. I haven’t felt tired at all.
“I took a couple of days off after Halle when we got here. I’ve been able to get the practices in even with the rain.
“I don’t feel like I have to work on anything specific because I feel everything is working in my game. Physically I have no lingering injuries. I’m in a good spot right now.”
Victory for Federer in a fortnight’s time would see him equal Pete Sampras’ record of seven titles and give him a first grand slam title in two and a half years.
The Swiss has lost in the quarter-finals for the last two years, first to Tomas Berdych and then 12 months ago to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who became the first player ever to beat Federer at a grand slam from two sets down.
“I am dreaming of the title,” said Federer.
“There’s no denying that. I want to do better. I have to do better in this event because I could have gone further the last couple of years.
“Maybe I was a bit unfortunate at times. Maybe the other guys were just too good. Maybe I wasn’t quite at my best. Who knows what the combination was? But it’s up to me to make that difference now and take it to the next step.
“Then once, hopefully, I am there, I can reach for the title. A seventh would be amazing. That would be tying Pete, which would be absolutely fantastic because I admired Pete when I was younger.”