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Federer rested, ready for Aussie Open

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Roger Federer

Roger Federer, likely to be the second seed in Melbourne, eyes his fifth Australian Open title. (Wong Maye-E/AP)

We’re just 10 days away from the start of the Australian Open, and while the bulk of the ATP are fine-tuning across three continents this week, one name has been missing from every tournament entry list: Roger Federer.

As part of his decision to scale down his schedule, Federer skipped warm-up events, staying home with his family and practicing. This marks only the second time in Federer’s career that he’ll go into the Australian Open with zero match play, having played varying combinations of Abu Dhabi, Doha, Kooyong, Sydney or Adelaide every year except in 2008, the year in which he was subsequently diagnosed with mono. As Reuters reports, Federer isn’t too concerned about the change.

“It’s a bit of a different preparation for the Australian Open this year but I’m confident I am mentally refreshed, which I am, and physically I am fine and that I will play a good Australian Open,” Federer told reporters in Singapore on Friday.

“I have been practising really hard the last few weeks and didn’t play a leading up tournament this year just because I thought practice is very important for me coming up in the next year, year-and-a-half.”

Federer says the change in philosophy is about taking a needed mental break from a grueling 2012, as well as looking to the future. Federer, 31, is looking to protect his health and longevity. He’s already said he wants to play in the Rio Olympics in 2016.

“For me, in the long run, I want to stay healthy and enjoy what I am doing, I want to have fun, I want to be excited and motivated coming back to the Tour,” he explained.

“For that I really need to get away from it all, which I have done for the last two or three weeks now after an incredible busy South American trip and an incredible busy year so it is important for me to have the family time.”

  • Published On Jan 04, 2013
  • 5 comments
    Michael9
    Michael9

    Picture of Federer at Singapore press conference

    http://tinyurl.com/ax2nfje

     

    Clip of Federer's press conference in Singapore

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJSQqyPnwbE

     

    Singaporean journalist: "Never have I seen a room packed with so many star-struck sports reporters and photographers. Neither have I seen so many hands raised when the floor was opened for questions. More incredibly, in my three years as a sports journalist, I have never witnessed reporters so in awe that they were willing to go against journalism ethics and ask for a photo or an autograph with a celebrity. Like most reporters in the Credit Suisse training room-turned press conference room at One Raffles Link on Friday afternoon, I am pretty much used to meeting and speaking to big-name personalities and celebrities. But this was a press conference like no other. It was Roger Federer’s press conference...  There were many questions left unanswered in the room as the press conference was brought to an end. And just when I thought the mayhem was over, reporters and photographers were all over Federer as he took his leave. One managed to get a photo with him while another got his autograph. I am sure I will never get to see something quite like this again." That's interesting because tennis is not one of the most popular sports in Singapore. Though small, Singapore is one of the wealthiest and most advanced countries on the planet and its news media should be very used to seeing big celebrities. It's nice to see that while the American news media tends to take Federer for granted, there are other journalists who appreciate what he has brought to the sports world.

    http://tinyurl.com/aeegdlr

     

    Federer's grace, Armstrong's disgrace

    http://tinyurl.com/a2bzjcb

    Amarnath
    Amarnath

    Hello Mr FED is seeded as #2 in AUSSIE OPEN not #3 !!

    someone
    someone

    How exactly is Federer going to be seeded 3 for AO?