Roger Federer: 'Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and I have better draws'


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Roger Federer: 'Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and I have better draws'

Roger Federer spoke about the several top ten players losing during the first week in Wimbledon. The Swiss said: "I think the surprises were definitely there that first day with Stefanos and Sascha and everything, Dominic.

Now, I do believe it's nice to have experience on this surface. The problem is it's not like you can play a ton of tournaments, just say, I'm going to focus on the grass court season this year. You can, and play three tournaments leading in, then maybe you'll be tired by the third match.

It's just not so simple. I lost my first rounds '99, 2000, had a run in '1, lost first round again 2002. I don't know if it was because of lack of experience. The panic can set in quickly on this surface. I don't know if that's got something to do, and if age calms the nerves there.

I'm not sure. I think also it's maybe a moment in time. At the same time we know how hard it is to beat Novak, how hard it is to beat Rafa here. Me, as well. I have a great record here. We obviously also have better draws because we're seeded, and we're away from the bigger seeds earlier. Our path to the fourth round is definitely not as hard as maybe some of the younger guys on the tour, as well."