Two decades ago, Pete Sampras held 14 most Grand Slam titles in the Open Era. Incredibly, three men – Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (18) and Novak Djokovic (15) – have exceeded this mark. And Federer, who has eight record titles at The Championships at Wimbledon, believes he has benefited from contemporaneous competition.
"I think these things may not happen that often. It also shows that we can do incredible careers side by side, "said Federer, who debuted at Wimbledon 20 years ago. "It's funny, you always think someone takes away something from the other. We probably have. At the same time we have pushed each other to the extreme.
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"I think we definitely improved each other. I do not know if we would all still play, maybe [if we] would have played in different eras, "said Federer. "But it was fun to have us by my side. I do not know, I hope the fans enjoyed it. Because I think we are all very different characters, they might like both players. "
Federer continues to write his name in the history books for grass pitches and wins the 19th record title at the Open Era in Halle at the NOVENTI OPEN. He can claim his 100th win at this event by qualifying for the semi-finals, and his 87.4 win share on turf is better than any other ground.
For some it may not be that hard. I think it's still very different, "said Federer. "I think the movement requires different talents or movements. I think the way the ball bounces, how it turns or not, is still a big change.
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"Of course you can play better on the pitch than ever before. Every year they get better and better, making it easier to play from the baseline. Especially in the first week at Wimbledon, I would say it's still a big change for hard courts. The second week will be more similar. You can move better from the baseline. I think it accelerates a bit more. It needs a little more spin. But in the beginning it is still very soft, it is difficult to move. "
For the first time since 2016, Federer started sand this year. The 37-year-old scored some solid results, including a run to the Roland Garros semi-finals, where he fell to eventual champions Nadal.
"I do not know if it would be a big advantage for me to play on sand," said Federer. "I think it's very different. Not only that the spin does not look like on sand, the guys do not return that far either. Of course, everyone is much closer. "
Federer begins his chase for his ninth Wimbledon title against South African Lloyd Harris, and he still wants to earn points and play by his own rules.
"So far I am really happy that I played the clay court season. I am glad that I was able to adapt to the grass again, "said Federer. "I came through Halle, the French Open clay court season, with no injuries and felt good. I think I would be ready for longer rallies. But am I looking for longer rallies because I played the clay court season? I do not think so. "