I can win Wimbledon, declares Roger Federer after French Open exit

The world number four saw his run of nine consecutive quarter-finals at Roland Garros come to an end as he was beaten in five sets by Ernests Gulbis, but he remained in bullish mood about his chances at the next grand slam.

Federer has won at the grass-court event on seven occasions, his most successful slam, and is optimistic that he can add to his tally this year.

“In my head I’m already focused on the grass,” the 17-time grand slam winner said after his third-round loss. “I can still win Wimbledon.

“As long as I’m healthy like the last nine months, I believe I’ve a chance to win.”

The 32-year-old spent three hours 45 minutes on court during his battle with Gulbis but was unable to find a way past his Latvian opponent, eventually losing 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 4-6 6-3.

“I’m clearly very disappointed not to come through with the win,” he added. “After the chance in the second set, fighting back in the fourth, not to play a better fifth set.

“There are a lot of regrets here now.
“But I think Gulbis did a good job of hanging around and clearly coming back in that second set was crucial for him, I think.

“It was a tough match and I’m disappointed I lost it.”

Wimbledon begins later this month, with home favourite Andy Murray – safely through to the last 16 in Paris – seeking to defend his crown.

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