Tennis: Federer hopeful of great year despite Nadal defeat
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.