Federer targets ninth Wimbledon crown

Federer  and Team Europe skipper Bjorn Borg pose on the black court in Geneva

Federer and Team Europe skipper Bjorn Borg pose on the black court in Geneva

Off the back of his Australian Open disappointment, Roger Federer feels ready for what he hopes will be a ninth Wimbledon title in 2019.

This year's Laver Cup will be held in Geneva in September and Federer is hopeful that Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka could join him and Nadal in the Europe team.

The 37-year-old was unable to defend his Melbourne Park crown at the start of this campaign after suffering a fourth-round defeat at the hands of Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.

However, the 2009 champion is set to make a decent fist of it on the clay, confirming he will play up to two events before the French Open, while also scheduling trips to Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami over the next couple of months. "Maybe that could launch the clay season and Wimbledon, but I think Wimbledon yes, the US Open, and after also the Laver Cup and the World Tour Finals at the end of the year".

The Swiss still remains on top of the all-time standings with 20 Grand Slam titles, and revealed that he will continue to go on as a professional as long as he feels he has a chance of beating his biggest rivals - Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

"'But the idea for me is to be in good health, to know that I can win tournaments, to know that I can beat them (Djokovic and Nadal), and after that it is a pleasure", he said.

Djokovic, who dispatched Nadal in three sets to win in Melbourne, tops the rankings from the Spaniard, with Federer slipping from third to sixth.

Exactly a year after Roger Federer regained the No1 ranking in Rotterdam, having just lifted his 20th Major title in Australia, the Swiss star admitted in Geneva today that reaching No1 again is no longer a priority.

At the launch in Geneva, Federer was joined by Europe captain, and one of Federer's own heroes, Bjorn Borg, and the two men took a boat ride on Lake Geneva, where Federer employed his serve to power up the iconic Jet d'Eau fountain.

In that time, top-ranked men Djokovic and Nadal have shared the four majors among themselves with the Serb now holding the Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open titles. "With a bit of luck, we can be reunited again in Geneva".

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