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Federer is ready

London: A year after a disappointing campaign at Wimbledon, a fitter and healthier Roger Federer was back at the All England Club on Saturday eager to rule the courts over the next fortnight.

Little-known Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky enjoyed more than 15 minutes of fame after he condemned the seven-times champion to a brutal second-round defeat last June.

“It’s a pleasure being healthy and really fit and eager to give it a go again,” said Federer, on Saturday.

“I feel I have a very good chance again this year. I hope to utilise my fitness. I’m really coming in with a much better feeling than maybe in the last year, for instance.

“This year I feel all the options are there. Return, serve, serve and volley, come in, my backhand, everything is working to my liking. ”