Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal Eager to Put '13 Behind at Wimbledon

Roger Federer tuned up for Wimbledon, where he is seeded fourth, by winning a title on grass at Halle, Germany, last weekend. Rafael Nadal has a test in the first round against big-hitting Martin Klizan, then could face Lukas Rosol, the man who stunned the Spaniard in 2012's second round.

updated: June 23, 2014 17:13 IST
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Wimbledon: Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal - and sometimes both - appeared in all 10 Wimbledon finals from 2003-12, combining to claim nine of those titles.

Neither made it that far in 2013. Not even close. Federer lost his second match at the All England Club. Nadal exited in the first round, a year after bowing out in the second.

With play at Wimbledon starting Monday, Federer and Nadal are eager to return to the heights they once reached with regularity at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament. They sound certain that they are prepared to fare better than 12 months ago - and, as might be expected from a seven-time champion, Federer came right out and called himself "a contender."

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