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Federer ready for Brisbane

January 04, 2015 16:01:39 UK

Roger Federer is top seed in the Brisbane International tournament and will be aiming to get his 2015 season off to a winning start.
 
Federer, the world number two, reached the final last year but was beaten in a thrilling three-set match by local favourite Lleyton Hewitt who is appearing again this year.

This year I hope I can go one step further because going close is not quite good enough.

Roger Federer

Both players will have the Australian Open in their sights with the first Grand Slam of the season starting a few days after the Brisbane final on 19th January.
 
Federer last won in Melbourne in 2010 but went close to achieving an 18th Grand Slam singles title when he went five sets with Novak Djokovic in last year’s Wimbledon final and he was satisfied with his performances in the 2014 season.
 
He said: “Overall it was a great season for me. I was consistent and I was playing positive attacking tennis just the way I want to play and I gave myself chances at quite a few of the slams.

“This year I hope I can go one step further because going close is not quite good enough.”

He will begin his 2015 season with a first match in Brisbane. Having a bye into the second round, there he will meet either local player John Millman or a qualifier.

The second seed in Brisbane is Kei Nishikori who made history last season in becoming the first Asian player to make it through to a Grand Slam men’s final.

He finished runner-up at the US Open, beaten by Marin Cilic. He, like Federer, has a bye through to the second round and will then play either Marinko Matosevic or Steve Johnson.

Federer is 7.00 to win the Australian Open, Djokovic is 2.00 and Rafael Nadal 6.00.

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