Federer ‘eager to attack the Australian Open’

by: Matt Cronin January 05, 2014

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Although he lost to Lleyton Hewitt in the final of Brisbane, Roger Federer says he sees positive signs from the week. Federer, who played doubles with Nicolas Mahut and lost in the semis, was pleased with how his body held up throughout the tournament. The 32-year-old also said that his form is improving and he’s charged up for the Australian Open, where he will attempt to win his fifth title. He has not won a title in Melbourne since 2010.

“I played consistent,” he said. “I didn't play great today which is a bit unfortunate, but also Lleyton was the best player I played this week. He made it toughest on me. So I have a clear idea what I need to work on, and I have a clear idea where my mind and body is that.

"I'm very hungry and eager to attack the Australian Open next week… I think I can play very well. Depends on how I play more than anything right now. I think I was able to sort of serve better overall, more consistent this week than I have in a long time. So that's very good…I definitely needed a little bit more confidence to play well and hopefully win the tournament.”

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