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Tennis: Federer hopeful of great year despite Nadal defeat

Published on Jan 25, 2014 6:15 AM
 
Roger Federer of Switzerland speaks at a press conference after losing his men's singles semi-final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day 12 of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 24, 2014. A defiant Federer said he still believes his best tennis is ahead of him, despite going down in straight sets to Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. -- PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - A defiant Roger Federer said he still believes his best tennis is ahead of him, despite going down in straight sets to Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

After a tight first set, Federer was outplayed and outgunned by the world number one, beaten 7-6(4) 6-3 6-3 as the Spaniard set up a final with another Swiss, Stanislas Wawrinka.

"It's very encouraging, no doubt," the 32-year-old told reporters. "Wish I could have won here tonight and given an all-Swiss final. That's something I'll regret for a long time.

"But I think this is a very good start to the season for me overall. I played some really good tennis here. I still feel my best tennis is only ahead of me right now.

 
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