6/13/12 7:05 PM | Johan Lindahl
Roger Federer has revealed that after playing with a hip complaint through the spring clay season, he is back to full fitness as he makes his grass start at the Halle event this week.
The 30-year-old, who won Madrid and finished with semis at Rome and Paris, said that he struggled with the problem for up to a month and had been unsure of actually playing in Rome.
The five-time champion Swiss takes the second seeding in Halle behind Rafael Nadal, who chose the Gerry Weber Open over the rival Queen's event due to British tax issues.
Federer said he is feeling good for his pre-Wimbledon campaign. "I'm not too worried about this summer of tennis. In fact, I have not felt so fresh and relaxed in a long time. I'm right where I want to be. I'm worry-free, this could not come at a better time ahead of this really challenging schedule.
"It really is a good feeling because if you have an injury like that, then you carry it around with you constantly. It's like when there is fog on the horizon and you just hope that it will eventually disappear."
Federer said he's not concerned about Nadal's slow rise up the all-time table for Grand Slam titles, with the seven-time French Open winner now on 11 majors to the 16 of the Swiss. "I don't worry day and night that Rafa could catch up with me. He played a great tournament in Paris and proved that he is the dominating figure on clay.
"He was born to play on clay and be successful on it. But as far as this Grand Slam record is concerned, I'm sure even he is not thinking about that right now."
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