Being third seed isn't something six-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer is familiar with. Novak Djokovic's unbeaten streak during the year saw Federer pushed down to number 3 in the world, although he did bring the streak to an end at the French Open.
Federer looked in good form, but was beaten in the final at Roland Garros by Rafael Nadal. The 29-year-old however, is confident he is in better form going into Wimbledon.
He said, Here at Wimbledon I'm even more confident (than in France). I think I'm a better player than in Paris, so I expect myself to do really well here, even better maybe.
Having brought an end to Djokovic's unbeaten streak, many are touting the Serb to come back with purpose. However, with another potential semifinal against him, Federer is certain he can repeat the feat on any surface.
I know I can beat Novak on any surface, Federer said. I've done that in the past. Just because he's on a great winning streak doesn't mean he's unbeatable. That was my mindset going into the match in Paris.
With the grass-court competition coming soon after the clay court season, it could be that the player who adapts best wins it. Federer believes the top four are all capable of adapting quickly.
I just think all four guys at the top right now feel very comfortable on grass; whereas maybe in the beginning Rafa was still looking a little bit for how good (he could be), Federer said.
We all knew he was good on clay, excellent on clay really, very good on hard courts. As time went by, he showed how good he was; he's won a couple of times here in the meantime. And Murray's game is very natural for this surface. I think Djokovic has always been great, but nothing extraordinary yet. But with the run he's on, obviously there's a lot of possibilities for him as well here.
I think that's maybe something that's a bit different than in the past, where maybe one of the top four guys wouldn't feel so comfortable on grass. But this year it seems like all of us are, which is a good thing.