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Roger Federer is in Hamburg this week, taking part in the 2013 bet-at-home Open. The Swiss maestro decided to take a wild card literally the day after his earliest exit in a grand slam since before winning his first. On Monday, he addressed the media.

“I think this decision was made very quickly the day after Wimbledon. I thought, what are my options now? Do I need more practice? Do I need more matches? What does my heart say? I really wanted to play some more matches.”

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“I first entered into the Top 10 [of the Emirates ATP Rankings] at Hamburg in 2002,” recalled Federer. “That is something that can never be taken away from Hamburg or me. It was one of my dreams. I have always enjoyed coming back here, winning here. I have had milestone victories here and also times when I have learnt a lot. Right now I just want to win a lot of matches, hopefully win a couple of tournaments and then sort of build confidence and go from there into the hard courts.”

Federer also spoke about Andy Murray’s historic Wimbledon triumph.

“I didn’t see anything but I did send him a message. I was happy for him. I think he’s been very consistent for a long time. Last year, was a huge year for him winning the [London] Olympics, making the Wimbledon final and winning the US Open. I thought after missing Paris to come back and win Wimbledon it was amazing.”

Source: ATP World Tour

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