Roger Federer is ready for his Wimbledon assault - and has the proverbial bigger balls to prove it now.
The Roland Garros champ told a small group of reporters in London that he's feeling "more a man now" after winning in Paris despite his ethereal game deserting him at times during his run:
I feel like I've definitely become more a man now than in the last few years since I'm not scared of five setters anymore. I can handle the pressure.
I had to show my fighting spirit more than ever and it's nice to have had a chance to show those qualities because before everybody was just used to my dominance. It's good to know for myself that I can also do it differently.
True enough. Fed's dominance dance is done but he found a way to win when his game was teetering and the pressure was mounting after Rafa + Nole's stunning exits. By the final, it was seemingly a done deal.
So even though he comes in as the second seed, who does he think is the fave to take the Wimby crown?
I do think I'm the favorite actually, with the success I've had. I came close again last year. With no disrespect to the other players ... I feel like I've got the game, I've got the mental approach and I've got the experience to win at Wimbledon many more times.
Well, okay then.