Two decades ago, Pete Sampras held most Grand Slam titles in the Open Era with 14. Incredibly, all men have surpassed three brands – Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (18) and Novak Djokovic (15). . And Federer, entering Wimbledon with a record eight titles at the Championships, thinks they've enjoyed competing at the same time.
"I think these things don't come around so often. It also shows that we can have incredible career side by side," said Federer, who debuted in Wimbledon 20 years ago. "Funny enough, you always think someone is taking something apart. Probably we have. At the same time, we also pushed each other to greater heights."
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"I think we were better off because of each other. I don't know if we'd all still play, maybe [if we] would have played at different times," Federer said. "But it has been fun to have us, from my side. I do not know, I hope the fans enjoyed it. Because I think we are all very different characters, they may like either a player."
Federer continues to noble his name in the history books of the grassland and win a 19-inch title on the surface of the Open Era at NOVENTI OPEN in Halle. He can win his 100th victory at this event by moving on to the semi-finals, and his 87.4 percent win on grass is better than his bet on any other surface.
"I still think it's very different. Maybe for some, they feel it's not that far from hard. I think it's still completely different," Federer said. "I think the movement requires different talents or different movements. I also think how the ball jumps where it takes the spins or not, I still think it's a change.
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"Of course you can play better than ever on the grass pitches. Every year they get better and better, so it's easier to play from the baseline. Especially I want to say the first week at Wimbledon, it's still a big change in hard courts. The second week will be more similar. You can move better from the baseline. I also think it goes a bit more. It takes a little more of spin. But in the beginning it is still very soft, it is difficult to move. "
For the first time since 2016, Federer competed on clay this year. The 37-year-old achieved some solid results, including a round for the Roland Garros semi-final, where he fell to any champion Nadal.
" I don't know if I have a great advantage of playing on clay, "said the federer." I think it plays very differently. Not only does spin do not seem like it does on clay, but also boys do not return from so far back. Of course, everyone is much closer to each other. "
Federer opens his chase for his ninth Wimbledon title against South African Lloyd Harris, and he will still take charge of points and play on his own terms.
"So far I'm really glad I played the season. I'm glad I could adjust again on the grass," Federer said. "I came through Halle, the holiday season, French open, without injuries, feel good. I think I would be ready for longer rallies. But I'm trying to play longer rallies because I played the season? I don't think so."