Tennis: Federer has an 18th Grand Slam in him, says former rival Hewitt

DO not rule out Roger Federer adding to his 17 Grand Slams with the grass courts of Wimbledon in July representing the 33-year-old Swiss' best opportunity, his old adversary and former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt told The Straits Times on Wednesday.

The Adelaide-born Hewitt, who is in Singapore to launch Australian multivitamin brand Swisse, added that Federer's formidable record at the All England Club, where he has won seven titles and was a losing finalist last year, were factors in his favour.

Said Hewitt: "Wimbledon is his biggest chance because I don't think there are that many guys who can beat him there when he's playing well.

"Last year, he came awfully close to winning (losing to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in five sets) so I think that's his best chance. That's the one I think he'll be targeting to play his best tennis there."

Hewitt, 33, won Wimbledon in 2002 and the US Open in 2001. He remains the youngest man to become world No. 1 when he took over the top ranking in 2001 at the age of 20.

After 17 years on tour and more than 850 matches, retirement is still far from his mind and much of his longevity can be attributed to his association with Swisse, which is also used by cricket legend Ricky Ponting and the Australian national rugby team.

Said Hewitt: "Swisse is a great Australian company that provides vital and necessary support for me, not just for sporting excellence but also important well-being in everyday life. Their supplements are crucial to my tennis preparation and recovery, whilst their vitamins are used and enjoyed by myself and my family.

"It is very exciting that the Swisse quality products and healthy benefits will now be available for all Singaporeans."

Hewitt, together with the other brand ambassadors including local celebrities such as actress Rebecca Lim and chef Willin Low, attended the official launch ceremony on Wednesday evening hosted by the Australian High Commissioner at his residence.