Federer tips Djokovic as Aussie Open favorite

by: Matt Cronin | January 10, 2013

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Roger Federer says two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic is the player to beat at the Australian Open.

“He’s been the best hard-court player in the world for the last couple of years,” Federer told reporters. “Andy Murray is playing great and only going to get stronger in the next couple of years. Unfortunately Rafa (Nadal) is not going to be there.”

However, the 31-year-old Swiss says that he’s not done yet.

“I love the pressure of playing and, with the new generation coming up, I have to work harder to stay at the top with the best,” Federer said. “Everyone has to fade away eventually, but I’m not 89 yet.”

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