Federer plays down record bid

29 January 2018 22:56:49 GMTPlus11

Roger Federer claims it is unlikely that he will equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam wins after securing the 20th of his career on Sunday.

The 36-year-old, who defeated Marin Cilic in Melbourne to seal a record-equalling sixth Australian Open crown  has already won my major titles than any other man in the sport.

I don’t know, I don't think so. I didn’t think 20 was ever possible to be honest. I think it's too far.

Roger Federer

However, Federer sits four behind Court with Serena Williams on 23 and in with a chance of setting a new record, while Steffi Graf ended her career with 22.

And, while the Swiss has won three of the past four grand slams he has played, he is still doubtful that he can add four more to his tally before calling time on his career.

When asked if he could win 24 titles, he said: "I don’t know, I don't think so. I didn’t think 20 was ever possible to be honest. I think it's too far.

"It's not something I'm looking at. I've never thought about it to be honest. Those numbers are surreal and they're amazing.

"I'm very happy if it stays at 20, but what a moment."

Federer, who is now in talks over a wildcard for February's Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which could help him overatke Rafael Nadal as world number one, is 7/4 to defend his Wimbledon crown in the summer, while he is priced at 4/1 to win the US Open.

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