Federer: Australian Open will test Murray’s back

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 /by
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Roger Federer says he's interested in seeing how Andy Murray holds up during the upcoming season. Wimbledon champion Murray underwent back surgery in October and is playing his first tournament since the U.S. Open in Doha this week.

“I think Murray, we hope he's going to come back strong,” said Federer who is the top seed at the Brisbane International. “It's nice that he already played a few matches this year now, even though it was an exhibition match. It's a big step forward for him in his mind. I'm eager to see him again. It's been since probably the U.S. Open I haven't seen him, so I'm hopeful for him that it's going to be fine for the Australian Open, which is going to be a huge test for him now because it's best-of-five‑set matches and so forth."

Federer also said world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic are still the players to beat this season.

“I think Rafa and Novak are going to be the ones who are going to be the ones to beat this season, particularly in the beginning," Federer said. “Then as we move forward, you have to see if they stay injury-free and keep on winning. I kind of expect them to go deep in most of the tournaments they'll enter, of course.”

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