Roger Federer: 'I just wanted to break Sampras' record, everything else...'

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Roger Federer: 'I just wanted to break Sampras' record, everything else...'

Roger Federer is looking for a glorious path to Wimbledon this year, but he will not have his family by his side. The eight-time champion has confirmed that this time he will travel without his family to the All-England. Federer is currently in Halle, Germany, in pursuit of a record 11th title in the grass court event, which has served as a traditional setup for Wimbledon.

Speaking at a press conference prior to the event in the German city, the 39-year-old Swiss said that he will not bring his family to Wimbledon as they would have to go through five days of harsh quarantine. He added that although he has gotten used to the ways of the new normal, he could be "too complicated" for his loved ones and he would rather not get them in trouble.

Federer said there is little hope that the quarantine rules will change between now and closer to the start of Wimbledon and therefore his family will follow his campaign in the England outfield from afar. He added that he will have his team, coach Ivan Ljubicic, Severin Luthi and his physio Dani Troxler, as company at Wimbledon.

They were also with him at Roland-Garros. “The family cannot come because they must remain in quarantine for 5 days. The whole bubble system is too complicated. Hopes that it will change have long been buried. That's why I go with Ivan, Seve and Dani, like in Paris, ”said Federer.

The champion added that his family has been with him since he retired from Roland-Garros but will part ways before traveling to the UK. He said it would be a long time before he can see his loved ones again, but he's fine with that.

“My family is here now; we have been together since paris. The separation time is long with Paris and London, but it is not a problem. It's part of that and that's why I'm ready,” Federer added. This could also be Roger Federer's last Wimbledon.

Roger Federer on the importance of Grand Slams

Roger Federer made a winning return to grasscourt tennis as he defeated Ilya Ivashka 7-6(4), 7-5 at Halle on Monday. After the match, the Swiss spoke at length about Novak Djokovic's title-winning run at Roland Garros and what it means in the context of the Grand Slam race.

"It seems it's all about Grand Slam titles nowadays and I don't like that," Roger Federer said. "When I came on the tour, it wasn't just about the Slams. It was Pete Sampras who triggered this and suddenly said that now only the Slams would be of interest to him.

In the future, more players will win Grand Slam tournaments anyway," he added. "The Slams have certainly given me a lot, and they offer tennis a big stage but after my 15th I didn't really care whether I had 15, 16, 17 or 18.

I just wanted to break Sampras' record, everything else was a bonus. As long as we (three) play everything is possible, at the end, the accounting will be done."