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'Motivated' Federer targets ninth Wimbledon crown

AFP  |  Geneva 

Shaking off his defeat in says he's "motivated and looking forward to the future" with a tilt at a ninth title uppermost in his mind.

After his last 16 loss to Greek young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas in last month, the Swiss 20-time Grand Slam champion was quick to brush aside suggestions it was the beginning of the end.

In on Friday to launch the third edition of the Laver Cup, Federer mapped out his goals for the season with the hunger of a man carrying half his 37 years.

"obviously, also now Dubai, Indian Wells and

"I really would like to make a good season start, maybe that could launch the clay season and but I think Wimbledon yes, and after also the Laver Cup and the World Tour Finals at the end of the year."

He said his failure to defend his changed nothing and his aim was the same as always - to beat and

"I continue my career...I'm motivated, I feel good and I'm looking forward to the future.

"The goal is always to have a level of play high enough to beat Rafa and Djoko and as soon as it is so high so you can play against them and maybe win, that means that the classification will normally follow."

Djokovic, who dispatched Nadal in two sets to win in Melbourne, tops the rankings from Nadal with Federer slipping from third to sixth.

"For me, the classification at 37 years is not anymore the priority," shrugged the Swiss great.

For the September 20-22 Laver Cup, captains with in charge of Team World.

Federer is hoping his compatriot plays.

"We won the Olympic title together (in Beijing, 2008). With a bit of luck we can be reunited again in

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 21:50 IST