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Tennis: Federer feels in good shape to revive career

Published on Jan 9, 2014 6:54 AM
 
Roger Federer of Switzerland hitting a forehand return during a charity match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in Melbourne on Jan 8, 2014. Federer says he feels a return to top form could be months away but he is in good shape for a tilt at next week's Australian Open in Melbourne. -- PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Roger Federer says he feels a return to top form could be months away but he is in good shape for a tilt at next week's Australian Open in Melbourne.

For the first time in 11 years the 17-time Grand Slam title winner failed to reach the final of any of the four majors in 2013.

His streak of reaching at least the quarter-finals of 36 consecutive Grand Slam events also ended last year and he fell out of the top five in the world rankings for the first time in more than a decade.

But rather than contemplate retirement, the Swiss 32-year-old's response has been to train harder in the off-season, hire Stefan Edberg as his new coach and experiment with a new larger racquet.

 
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