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05-20-2004, 09:39 AM
Roger: "I'm no favourite"

World number one Roger Federer doesn't want to consider himself amongst the favourites to lift Coupe des Mousquetaires on 6 June. The Swiss has been knocked out in the French Open first round for the last two years and doesn't want to think ahead to potential quarter or semi-final matches.

Having ended the 31-match clay-court winning streak of Guillermo Coria of Argentine at the Hamburg Masters last week, Federer insists he'll take one step at a time.

"I'll concentrate on my first round because that's what didn't work in the last two years," the 22-year-old said.

With Wimbledon and Australian Open titles to his name, Federer is widely regarded as a player capable of winning all four Grand Slams in a calendar season.

In the last 17 months he has won 11 titles on three different surfaces and prepared well for last year's tournament in Paris, with the title in Munich.

"The last two years I entered the French Open with high hopes and losing in the first round was very tough mentally," he said.

"I'm more relaxed now. I know whoever wants to beat me will have to play extremely well."

Federer's run in Hamburg included wins over 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya, former world number one Lleyton Hewitt and bookies favourite Coria.

But his second round loss at the Rome Masters, following a short absence from the game, suggested he hasn't fully adapted.

"I was a bit worried in Rome but I tried to block that away because I knew it was just a matter of finding the right rhythm," he said.

"Now I'm serving better, returning better and I've got the groove, the balance and everything."


05-21-2004, 03:26 AM
Thanks for posting this Escada. Roger sure knows how to lay off the pressure... ;) :D