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06 Jan 2009 08:24
Former world number one Roger Federer believes he can dominate men’s tennis again.
The 27-year-old Swiss star, who is one short of Pete Sampras’s record of 14 Grand Slam titles, said on Monday he is looking forward to a big year in 2009.
“This could be a very meaningful season for me,” Federer said. “I can equal Pete Sampras’s record.
I can add another Wimbledon title, and this is something that is very dear to me.
Federer was slowed by mononucleosis last year and lost his number-one ranking to Rafael Nadal.
“I feel much better this year,” Federer said. “Last year, I couldn’t practice the way I wanted to because of health reasons. But this year I have trained really well and I feel very confident about myself. I have less pressure now and it is not a bad thing.”
“Obviously, I can dominate the game,” he said. “I have worked hard at my game and when you do that, things become easy for you. If I can play two good matches then I will feel really good going into the Australian Open.”
The second-ranked Federer was eclipsed last year by Nadal, who won Wimbledon, the French Open and the Beijing Olympics gold medal.
“Rafa is my main rival,” Federer said. “We have been doing it for so many years and have had great matches.”—Sapa-AP
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