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Federer still hungry for Grand Slam glory

Swiss ace aims for a record-equalling seventh title at Wimbledon. Quick facts

sports Updated: Jun 24, 2012 02:12 IST
Roger Federer,Wimbledon championship,Novak Djokovic

No one makes Wimbledon fashion choices quite like Roger Federer, who showed up at the All England Club on Saturday sporting a collar-popped, long-sleeved cream sweater with purple trim and a green “RF” insignia on the upper right arm.

This is the guy, remember, who pulled on a specially tailored white jacket with a gold “15” stitched on the back when he broke Pete Sampras’ career record of 14 Grand Slam titles by winning Wimbledon for the sixth time in 2009.

Federer hasn’t been able to add No 7.

Actually, he hasn’t made it past the quarterfinals at the grass-court tournament since then, losing in that round each of the past two years.

“I want to do better, I have to do better in this event because I could have gone further,” the 30-year-old Federer said on Saturday. "The hunger is obviously big. I don't think I need to elaborate too much on that.

"I've explained many times how hungry and motivated I am to be playing, playing at this high level, wanting to win the big tournaments.”

Only Sampras and Willie Renshaw — who played in the 1880s and got a bye directly into the final as the defending champion for five of his titles — have won Wimbledon seven times.

The last man 30 or older to win a Grand Slam title was Andre Agassi at the 2003 Australian Open.

“Well, I mean, any one is a special one. Doesn’t matter if it was No. 5, No. 2, No. 17 or No. 7 here at Wimbledon,” Federer said. “Over a two--week period, a lot of things can go wrong or right for you. If you come through, it’s a beautiful feeling. I am dreaming of the title.” Federer owns a record 16 Grand Slam titles, but has not won a major since the 2010 Australian Open.

First Published: Jun 23, 2012 17:57 IST