Roger Federer has sights on another epic Wimbledon final with Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer admits he may have to eat humble pie if Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic reach Sunday's Wimbledon final.
The 16-time grand slam champion believes the rivalry at the top of the men's game between himself and Rafael Nadal still has plenty of distance left to run.
However, this year has seen Djokovic win the Australian Open and rise to world number two, while losing just one match, and Murray remains a threat to the established big three.
It was at Melbourne Park in January, after losing to Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Australian Open, that Federer heard it suggested that he and Nadal were coming under serious threat from Djokovic and Murray.
"Let's talk in six months," was his reply at the time, Federer bristling at the suggestion he might be a fading force after one semi-final loss.
The man from Basle performed supremely well - Federer at his best - to reach the French Open final last month, before losing to Nadal in a match which could have swung either way.
Now Federer can see himself and his great rival contesting another Wimbledon final, but should it be Murray and Djokovic battling it out for glory on Sunday the most successful player in the history of men's tennis will accept the state of the game is changing.
"We've got to wait and see how this turns out," he said. "Because, again, it could be a repeat of the Djokovic-Murray final and then I was wrong. If it's not the case, then I was right."
Federer is not likely to be too affected though, whatever the outcome at the weekend.
"At the end of the day, I don't care if I'm wrong or right. I know where my game is at. I know where Rafa's game is at," he said.
"We've all been playing well, I think the top four or five guys really, for a long time.
"I think it's exciting for tennis. Trying to talk it down or talk about changes, I think it's nice that we're all playing well at the same time."