Roger Federer Injured Ahead of Wimbledon Open; Seeded Fourth Behind Murray, Djokovic & Nadal
By Lou Ramon Aguila | June 21, 2014 8:09 PM EST
Former world's no.1 Roger Federer might be playing throughout the Wimbledon Open with bandage on his hand after he accidentally stabbed it while playing with his four-year old twins, the 7-time Wimbledon Open champion revealed on Friday.
Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his head with a towel during his men's singles match against Ernests Gulbis of Latvia at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 1, 2014.
The 33-year old Federer is gunning for a record-setting eighth championship at All-England Tennis Club, but the latest injury could be a factor in his quest to become a Grand Slam winner again.
"You know what happened? I was playing in the woods with the girls and I stabbed a stick in my hand," said Federer in an interview with the London Evening Standards on Friday.
Still, everything appears to be okay with Federer as he had a fine practice session with fellow Wimbly champion Lleyton Hewitt.
"But the bad news for Andy Murray and the others in the running to win this year's tournament, which starts on Monday, is that Federer's injury is unlikely to hinder his performance. He was in good spirits during the match, laughing and joking with his Australian rival. Coach Stefan Edberg looked a little more pensive, however, as he examined Federer's form and occasionally muttered in the Swiss champion's ear during breaks in play," the Standard reported.
Federer - On a mission
After failing to advance beyond the quarterfinal round at Roland Garros, Federer is expected to be among the favorites to win this year's grass-court slam.
The Maestro is seeded fourth behind Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, giving him the luxury not to meet these former champions until the semifinal round.
Nevertheless, Federer seems to be up for the challenge as he's looking to build more momentum in a year that saw him becoming again a competitive force in the ATP circuit.
Of course, Federer knows what's exactly needed for him to be triumphant in this upcoming battle at the 2014 Wimbledon Open.
"The first time wasn't that easy," Federer said in an interview with ESPN. "I enjoyed it, but I didn't have the feeling that I played that well. [On Sunday] things went better. I do have the feeling that I've found my rhythm."
"You need to be sharp and make quick decisions because there isn't a lot of time. You need to adapt properly and be creative. You need to be more explosive, sharper -- that's very important on grass."
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