Thursday, June 13, 2013

Federer not Fussing over Nadal's Wimbledon Seed

(June 13, 2013)--Roger Federer told reporters that it's not worth it to get worried about where Rafael Nadal is going to end up when the Wimbledon draw gets made next week. "Whether he’s four or five some might get lucky in the draw," Federer said after his victory over Cedrik-Marcel Stebe on Wednesday. "The problem is if you say 'he’s the No. 5 seed and that’s a joke' then this is completely disrespectful towards Ferrer and I don’t like that. Nadal will shortly be back in the Top 3, that’s for sure. So, it’s not worth making a big fuss about it now. It’s just a question of time."

Federer, the defending and seven-time Wimbledon champion, has not won a title since last August, when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the Cincinnati final. Federer won six titles in 2012r, and reached a total of ten finals. He was asked on Wednesday in Halle if he was feeling a sense of urgency about winning a title in 2013, after going o for the season thus far.

"This year, yes. Right now, no," he said.

Federer will face German wild card Mischa Zverev in tomorrow's quarterfinal. If he wins he'll get the winner of tomorrow's tilt between Gael Monfils and Tommy Haas.

Wednesday's win over Stebe pushed Federer's record at the Gerry Weber open to 40-5. The 31-year-old owns five titles and has reached another two finals at Halle.