Switzerland's Roger Federer said Sunday he was ready to defend his title at Wimbledon.

"I know the road is hard, but it is possible. I'm looking forward to the challenge really," Federer said.

Play at Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam tournament of the season and the only one played on grass, begins on Monday at the All England Club.

The 31-year-old Federer, who has won a record 17 Grand Slam titles and seven Wimbledon championships, will have to beat Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic to walk away with another trophy.

"I haven't thought about it a whole lot," Federer said in response to a question from reporters about the fact that a win this year would make him the holder of the most men's singles titles at the world's most famous tennis tournament.

The Swiss great currently shares the record for most titles at Wimbledon with American Pete Sampras.

"I can talk about that if I've won the tournament, but not right before," Federer, the No. 3 seed, said.

Federer won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003, when he was 21.

Federer defeated Murray in last year's final 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4, preventing the Scotsman from becoming the first British man to win the Grand Slam event since Fred Perry in 1936.

Federer, who has played in eight finals at the All England Club, won the men's singles title in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012. His only loss in a final came at the hands of Nadal in 2008.

The Swiss star's first opponent will be Romania's Victor Hanescu on Center Court on Monday. EFE