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Roger Federer: "20 grand slams... it's a dream, why not?"

Few expected Roger Federer to add to his grand slam tally, but after claiming the Australian Open, the Swiss is targeting Wimbledon glory
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Roger Federer: "20 grand slams... it's a dream, why not?"

Roger Federer defied the odds to claim the Australian Open title at the age of 35 last month, despite having been seeded a distant 17th at Melbourne Park after sitting out the second half of the 2016 with injury.

His Australian Open win was his 18th major singles crown and a first since 2012, when he beat Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final.

A seven-time winner on the grass of the All England Club, Federer believes Wimbledon remains his most likely source of further late-career glory.  

"My best chance is clearly at Wimbledon"

In an interview with L'Equipe, he said: "20 grand slams... it's a dream, why not? But my best chance is clearly at Wimbledon."

Federer, who recovered from a knee injury that saw him miss the Olympics and the US Open last year to win at Rod Laver Arena, acknowledged he is not considered to be a highly physical player in the mould of his rivals Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Murray

"It is true that I have this image a bit," he said when quizzed on the perception he does not have to match the extraordinary training load endured by the world's other top players.

"[But] it's like [being] a student. If he has revised well, he is serene on the day of the examination. We see the result but we do not know his work [away from the spotlight].

"I have a good entourage and my family allows me to remain always young. Plus, when you win, life is just simpler. The victory saves everything, to a certain degree of course. It's easier to be positive and happy when you win. I worked a lot for that. Now I take advantage."