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Fedex chases hard eight

sports Updated: Jun 24, 2013 01:39 IST

Roger Federer insists he is capable of surviving a nightmare draw at Wimbledon as the defending champion prepares to launch his bid for a record eighth title at the All England Club.

After a relatively barren year, Federer arrives at the grass-court Grand Slam in the unusual position of being seen by many pundits as the least likely of the big four to leave with the title.


To make matters worse, the Swiss legend faces a gruelling draw that will leave him needing to beat Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic if he is to pass Pete Sampras as the most decorated All England Club champion.

Federer’s victory on grass at Halle last week was his first ATP Tour title of 2013 and last year’s Wimbledon final win over Murray remains his only Grand Slam crown in his last 13 major appearances. “It was never supposed to be easy winning Grand Slams. I’m ready for the challenge,” Federer said on Sunday.


Serena Williams tried to defuse her war of words with Maria Sharapova on Sunday as the Wimbledon champion claimed she had apologised to the Russian for criticising her private life. Williams infuriated Sharapova by making a reference to her relationship with Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov, believed to be Serena’s former boyfriend, during a recent interview.