Furthermore, in the last 15 years, the title at the All England Club has been shared between Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray, the defending champion.
While Federer is aware of his rival's various issues, he still expects to be confronted by one or two of them in the latter stages at Wimbledon. That's for sure. And Wimbledon is probably the most challenging Grand Slam for any player.
"I'm 35 years old". 'If he plays well or if he plays well for two weeks, I think he can go all the way here. It's that simple. It's the same for Novak and the same for Rafa. I think it's very even when we put it all out on the line.
Coming off a runner-up finish in the Australian Open, Nadal picked up four singles titles on clay include a run through the French Open in which he didn't drop a single set. So I see it positive for them rather than negative in some shape, which I'm sure people will try to see that way. The pair have already bagged the first two major titles of 2017 and, if they were to meet again in south-west London, it would be their 10th meeting in a Slam decider going back to June, 2006.
Roger Federer believes the Wimbledon field is incredibly strong in 2017 and that the "Big Four" will have a tough task on their hands to maintaining their 14-year winning streak.
While Federer admitted he still sees the usual suspects as his biggest rivals at the All England Club this year, the 18-time Grand Slam victor picked out Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic, Nick Kyrgios and Dominic Thiem as guys who could cause an upset at SW19. "I think he's beaten everybody as well except Murray", Thiem said.
Only Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro have managed to breach this private party since the summer of 2005 and, with Wimbledon upon us again next Monday, it's hard to believe anyone from outside this quintet of stars will be holding aloft the men's trophy on Sunday, July 16th. That's going to be obviously a longshot.
"Yeah, it's been very dominant by a few players here at Wimbledon".
Federer, seeded third, starts his bid to reach an 11th Wimbledon final with a first-round clash against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov.
"It hurt because it was the first time I pulled out of a slam actually feeling 100 percent ready to go", he said.