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Federer has grass-court record on his mind

LONDON - Wimbledon champion Roger Federer had the prospect of a record-equaling seventh men’s title on his mind as he waited to step onto Centre Court yesterday to face Colombia’s Alejandro Falla.

Asked if he had been thinking about Pete Sampras’ modern-era record at the grass court grand slam, Federer said: “Well, maybe, obviously a little bit because I’m aware of the great things he achieved, being one title away from it.

“But then again, you have to break it down and make it simple for yourself, trying to win the first round, being here, trying to defend the title before everything.”

The Swiss top seed played Falla for the third time in consecutive tournaments, having beaten him at the French Open and Halle. Last year’s beaten Wimbledon finalist, Andy Roddick, is second on No. 1 Court against fellow American Rajeev Ram.

Following that match, five-time champion Venus Williams, playing in her 50th grand slam, was scheduled to take on Paraguay’s Rossana De Los Rios. Reuters

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