Roger Federer Tabs Novak Djokovic As The Australian Open Favorite [Video]
by Tom Gainey | January 5th, 2013
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Conspicuously out of the news cycle thus far in 2013, Roger Federer returned to the spotlight today after arriving at the Australian Open. The tournament released this video giving fans a first glimpse of the 17-time Grand Slam champion this season.

“Love being in Australia… so excited to be back for the Australian Open! Time to go to bed!” Federer posted on his Facebook page.

The Swiss was flying in from Singapore where he took part in a Credit Suisse sponsor function. (Q&A video below.) During the event, Federer said three-time winner Novak Djokovic is the tournament favorite for the Australian Open. He also said that Rafael Nadal’s absence will create opportunities for other, lower ranked players.

On the topic of the biggest changes in the game (20 min mark), Federer said it’s the strings, adding that nowadays most players would rather hit a passing shot than a volley.

In the Q&A, Federer said playing at night in Melbourne makes the court 30% slower than the day. Food for thought.

Federer decided not to play any pre-Australian Open, and that’s because, he says, practice has become more of a priority these days.

The four-time Australian Open champion will be the No. 2 seed when the tournament begins a week from Monday.

Here’s Federer getting his credential (even the great ones need credentials!):

Here’s Federer’s lengthy Q&A from Singapore:


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91 Comments for Roger Federer Tabs Novak Djokovic As The Australian Open Favorite [Video]

subo Says:

roger federer is the best thing tennis has the man can speak on any subject what a role model this man is there will never ever be any one like him the goat


Laslo Says:

Roger is the best and he is making a good pick.


robbie anna hare Says:

Roger Federer is not only an exceptional tennis player, he is a gentleman, evidently a wonderful husband and father, son (does he have siblings?) and a generous philanthropist but he is someone it would be nice to know. Oh to be Anna Wintour, a fellow journalist, and groupie…


Sandra Says:

Great interview. Federer would probably be an excellent pundit once he retires (if he wants to ofcourse).


dari Says:

The end is the best. I love to hear his detailed take on technical tennis stuff. Well, we will see if the court is indeed a touch faster and if it makes any difference. Here we go. Go Rog!


Ben Pronin Says:

Fantastic interview. I hope Federer becomes a commentator. Or rights a book. Or just has his own channel where he just talks all day. He’s like Oprah plus 17 slams.


Brazil Federer Fan Says:

Federer and tennis – just made for each other! He’s very clear cut in his opinions and some of his opinions have great insight. It helps that he is quite articulate in multiple languages and doesn’t have to bumble like most players do.

conditions being slower at night! that is true for most outdoor courts, as the air is heavier at night than during day time.


Humble Rafa Says:

Roger Federer is not only an exceptional tennis player, he is a gentleman, evidently a wonderful husband and father, son (does he have siblings?) and a generous philanthropist but he is someone it would be nice to know. Oh to be Anna Wintour, a fellow journalist, and groupie…

That’s all. I mean, you can do better than that.

Sun rises in the morning every day to greet the Arrogant One…….


Humble Rafa Says:

Arrotards may be interested in this.

Obama considering Wintour for US Ambassador to the UK.

Don’t cry yet. She is on the short list.


Number99 Says:

Humble Rafa … you have a problem..
I feel for you !
… and I understand your pain!


skeezer Says:

“He’s like Oprah plus 17 slams.”
Lol Ben, good one.;)

Proud to be a fan of his. Eloquent, thoughtful, insightful, courteous, the best leader of the game, ever. Wish he could reset at 21, and watch him do it all over again.

Fed will be back on the court competing soon, can hardly wait! Go Fed! GOAT.


Giles Says:

Fed should get all the night matches!!


courbon Says:

For Australian Open is always number 1 & 4 on one side of draw and 2 & 3 on the other side…So,it will be Djokovic/Ferrer, Muray/Federer…(uless this year they change )


Laslo Says:

I am hoping for a Roger/Novak final!


courbon Says:

@Laslo:That would be nice for change-I think Novak plays his best and prettiest (if you can say that-most stylish I guess… ) against Federer.I just like their matches the most…


alison Says:

We have never seen a Fed/Nole GS final,or a Muzza/Rafa final,plenty of Fed/Rafa,Nole/Rafa,Muzza/Fed,a Fed/Nole final would be nice,as i like both players but im not a fan of either,other than of their tennis(if that makes any sense,i mean im not emotionally invested in either player,so i can enjoy it as a neutral),i would enjoy a Rafa/Muzza final as i am a fan of both,so i would be delighted either way.


alison Says:

However it would all depend on the draws,Muzzas got it hard as its pretty he will have to get through both this year to win the AO hmm.


alison Says:

^Pretty likely^.


courbon Says:

Hi Alison, well most Novak fans would be happy Ferer in Novaks half but you never know in tennis…delp.Bedrych,Tsonga and others can make surprise and beat Novak on the way to final.Last year in AO, Novak had difficult draw and won tournament, in US Open his draw was relatively easy and did not won….so, I don’t get relax with ‘easy’ draws…I don’t get relax until Novak wins or loses for that mater (then I acutally enjoy watching tennis ’cause I’m not emotional with other players…)


alison Says:

Hi Courbon,i relax more when its neither of my two favorites,i suppose as silly as it sounds i enjoy matches more when im neutral about which player wins,when its one of my favorites im so stressed out,i enjoy it but i dont at the same time,if that makes any sense lol,when both players are your favs they face each other its nice because your happy either way with the outcome of the match,your right though anything can happen,matches are played on a court not on a blog,and its different when your on the outside looking in as upposed to the inside looking out,every game is different,i think many would expect Rafa to roll Rosol 99 times out of 100,but it only takes one occasion,and the sensible amongst us dont like to take anything for granted and be left with egg on their faces.


courbon Says:

I know what you mean…well, AO is coming soon and I can’t wait to start .No predictions, no gut feelings I just want to watch tennis…let the best man wins. And let the best woman wins (which is Serena )…


alison Says:

No i cant wait either,just hope for an open and well contested tournament too.


alison Says:

Nice interview from Roger,i agree when he retires from tennis he would make a great tennis pundit.


alison Says:

Just reading some posts on Bleacher report forum,and theres a poster on there called Steve Gerard who sent in a post which was identical and i mean word for word to one that Dave sent in on the ouch Rafael Nadal pulls out of the Australian Open due to a stomach virus thread only a few weeks ago on this very forum,im just wondering if this the same poster with two different identities or another poster whos read this forum and copied Daves post and put it on another forum?if other posters actually had a look on Bleacher Report they would see what i mean,Dave if your out there could you please clarify if this is actually you.


alison Says:

^On a thread called Australian Open why Rafael Nadal pulling out was the right call,Steve Gerard sent in another post immediatly after that particular post with a link to this very forum^.


Giles Says:

alison. Well spotted. Hahaha. So, who is he? Dave or should we refer to him as Steve Gerard?


alison Says:

Giles no harm or foul or anything like that,but i would be interested to here Daves take on this,or if any other poster can shed any light?the only Steve Gerard i know is the Liverpool footballer.


alison Says:

Giles go to Bleacher report and you will see what i mean,again no harm or foul or anything like that,but im just very curious.


Giles Says:

Alison. I did check it out and hence my comment. So, looks like he is commenting on the Bleacher Reports forum. Busy, busy!! #LiverpoolSupporterr?


Giles Says:

alison. On reflection I think we have got the wrong end of the stick. This Steve Gerard person was merely quoting Dave’s post and they were not in fact his (Steve’s) comments!!! So, Dave is Dave and not Steve Gerard!! Hehehe. Oh well!


alison Says:

Giles admittidly it was me who got hold of the wrong end of the stick,as this Steve Gerard was only quoting a post by Dave on this forum,not that i was taking a pop at Dave anyway i was just curious to know the score is all.


Giles Says:

^^ A bit of fun while it lasted!!


chrisj Says:

“alison Says:

We have never seen a Fed/Nole GS final”

2007 US Open – It was a good one. I agree, another Fed/Nole final is long overdue.


alison Says:

Chrisj oh yeah sorry forgot about that one,it would be a fantastic final no doubt and i like both but im a fan of neither(if that makes sense)what i mean is i have no emotional investment in either player,so i could enjoy the match from a neutral point of view,but im hoping(no offence though)that a certain Mr Murray and a certain Mr Nadal(when he returns) both have something to say about that too.


Stefani Germanotta Says:

How will the intense heat affect things? Perhaps Nole’s breathing problems will come back and Andy’s fitness becomes an issue clearing the way for Federer, who does well in the heat?

How will the heat affect the speed of the court?


the DA Says:

Posted on the wrong thread. The AO Draw is currently underway. Here’s the live link for anyone interested:

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/video/live.draw.html


the DA Says:

They got the timing of Nole & Vika’s arrival all wrong. Painful ad-libbing at the moment. Get on with it!


racquet Says:

Jeez, this must be the longest draw ceremony ever.


the DA Says:

Huh…they bring up the 20 sec rule and Pat Cash indirectly criticizes Nole about “bouncing the ball 18 times”. wtf1 Way to treat your reigning champ. PR disaster.

But at last the draw begins.


the DA Says:

Serena & Vika in the same half. Interesting 1st rnd matches: Robson vs Oudin, Kvitova vs Schiavone, Wozniaci vs Lisicki. Venus could meet Sharapova in the 3rd rnd.

Projected QFs: Azarenka-Errani, Serena-Kvitova, Li-Radwanska, Kerber-Sharapova.

Now the men….nervous!


racquet Says:

Prays to the tennis gods to give the top 4 men even draws. No nightmare draws for any player please.


racquet Says:

Andy and Roger in the same half.


the DA Says:

Tsonga in Federer’s quarter; Del Potro in Murray’s, Berdych in Djokovic’s. Andy plays Haase in rnd 1 – eek!


the DA Says:

men’s 1st rnd: Djokovic v Matthieu, Federer v Paire, Hewitt v Tipsarevic, Tsonga v Llodra.


the DA Says:

Fed gets Davydenko 2nd, and Tomic 3rd round. Projected QFs: Djokovic-Berdych, Ferrer-Tipsarevic, del Potro-Murray, Tsonga-Federer. First rnd popcorn match: Monfils vs Dolgo.


the DA Says:

Federer’s potential route: Paire, Davydenko, Tomic/Raonic, Klizan, Tsonga, Murray, Djokovic.


van orten Says:

this draw is verrrryyyy tough for roger..this is the same joke draw for djoker as in us open 2012 ..i mean ferrer or tipsy in semis???? this is champions luck i suppose…delpo tsonga federer and murray all in the same half…wow gotta drink someth strong now..this is tough


dari Says:

Wow, Fed got Fu¥$ed


racquet Says:

Murray’s potential route -> Haase – Sousa – Mayer – Simon/Dolgopolov/Monfils – Del Potro/Cilic – Federer.

Not that bad actually. Looks like the tennis gods smiled upon Nole this year ;)


racquet Says:

Apart from the potentially good 1st round Dolgo vs Monfils, there’s also Tipsarevic vs Hewitt and Tsonga vs Llodra.


the DA Says:

One of the players got a baked spongey thing with sprinkles on.


The Great Davy Says:

Hooray! I will save us all time and beat the GOAT when he is least suspecting. Rosol is so 2012. 2013 however, is the year of The Great Davy!

When I beaten Federer, I must always be refer to as “The Amazing Davy”


racquet Says:

I really hope Delpo and Murrray make it to their QF. They haven’t played since 2009. Could be quite a match.


courbon Says:

Hi Guys, where can I see the draw?


racquet Says:

They haven’t put it up yet but when they do it’ll be here -

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/ms/index.html


racquet Says:

Djokovic potential route -> Mathieu – Harrison/Giraldo – Stepanek – Wawrinka/Querrey – Berdych – Ferrer. I noticed that Ferrer has Jerzy in his quarter.


racquet Says:

@ courbon, the draws just went up.


the DA Says:

@racquet – no, it’s Tipsy who has Jerzy in his qrtr. Ferrer has Nishikori and a possible rnd 2 with Dr. Ivo.


Sandra Says:

Well atleast this time it’s clear who got the hardest draw. Fed by a MILE.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Are you around, do you think it was rigged;)?


racquet Says:

@ the DA, oops my mistake. Ooh just saw a possible 2nd popcorn match: Rosol vs Raonic.

@ sandra, it looks that way at first glance but if you analyze it closely, he’s got a good record at thos in his qtr. Davey might have returned to form but he has problems over 5 sets. He handled Tomic pretty easily last time. The only one who gave him a tough time was Raonic but he hasn’t shown any form yet and might not make it to rnd 4.


Brando Says:

‘Djokovic potential route -> Mathieu – Harrison/Giraldo – Stepanek – Wawrinka/Querrey – Berdych – Ferrer. ‘

WOW, but has nole just got the best draw ever?

LOL, this is the definition of a cup cake draw or what!

Man he’s through to the final without dropping a set!

The other half is where the main action will take place.

Muzza has a not too bad draw IMHO. Delpo and Fed could either be potentially bruising contests or ones Andy may deal with somewhat comfortably.

Fed though- bad luck dude, that is a tough draw you have!


Sandra Says:

@raquet, True I also think if fed plays okay there’s nothing to worry about, but it’s still a lot harder compared to novak half, which just borderlines on the laughable.


Humble Rafa Says:

The Egg Lover is on his way to win the Australian Open. No question. All chokers are in his side of the draw.

I predict Mathieu will faint when he sees the Egg Lover on the other side of the net. Harrison will throw a racket, then puke. Stepank=master of the minor league
Wawrinka/Querry – Chokerfest
Berdshit – Chokiest of them.

This the good luck brough by buying all the donkey chdese in the world.


Humble Rafa Says:

Great Davy..I hope you have a longer season than you did last year ( 1 week to precise)


Brando Says:

I still back fed to be able to make the SF despite the draw.

He DEFINITELY has the toughest draw and feasibly could get KO’d very early in the tournament. But at the same time he may be at his best from the start and play at a high level that carries him through the draw.

It’s a tough one, right now it’s nole (LOL, as if he needed the help!) v muzza in the final for me most likely!


Jamie Says:

LOL. Murray, Federer and Del Potro all in the same half. That is one predestined half.


Brando Says:

‘LOL. Murray, Federer and Del Potro all in the same half. That is one predestined half.’

LMAO, i know!

The ONLY 3 who have any REAL shot at beating nole can only know meet him in the final.

And there they will meet a fresh, in form player who has not dropped a set. Whilst they on the other hand most probably will be bruised by facing some serious competition.


dari Says:

Yeah, Murray is not so bad on the front half, but quarters on- delpo, fed, novak. Hellish. But if any of my faves (fed, Andy m, Juan Martin) win this thing, then it will be an amazing feat! As it stands, i will be shocked if novak doesn’t threepeat down under, but wish the best to my guys!


Wog boy Says:

I can tell you that the match of the round one is Hewitt / Tipsarevic. From what I have seen so far at Kooyong Hewitt is good and fired up. If I am Janko I would be less than pleased with having to play Hewitt in the first round infront of Aussie crowd in Rod Laver Arena.
As for Raonic, he doesn’t look as sharp as I think he should and can be but then again, this is only Kooyong.


Brando Says:

‘ but quarters on- delpo, fed, novak. Hellish’

Ummm, i don’t know about that.

DELPO: Andy has a good record against him and a very nice match up. I think he should be fine in that one hopefully.

FED and NOLE: He was going to face both pretty much anyway IF he were to go all the way so i do not see any major problem here considering that aspect.

To get to the final: Would Andy rather face Fed or Nole?

I think he like many would want to face ANYONE other than the 2 time defending champion, world no.1 and king of hard courts!

So all in all whilst I completely agree that it’s a VERY TOUGH week 2 schedule when one looks at Andy’s situation going into the AO, then realistically IMHO it hasn’t worked out all that bad at all!

I think a worse draw for him would have been:

Berdych – Djokovic – Fed in final!


Wog boy Says:

Hold on people, you already declared my man the winner. It doesn’t work that way, we have seen so many times that things change during competition and somebody’s draw opens up suddenly and what was easy becomes not so easy draw and the other way around. Besides, I can see Federer making SF with no big problems on the way !


racquet Says:

@ brando “Berdych – Djokovic – Fed”

Yep, Berdy isn’t a good match-up. Delpo is much better, he leads their H2H 5-1. Funny he knows how to absorb Delpo’s power but not Thomas. But then every player has weird tough match-ups.


Jamie Says:

Federer is due an early loss at the AO, no? The only slam where he hasn’t lost before the SF in ages. He already lost in the QF of RG(2010), Wimbledon(2010 and 2011) and USO(2012) in the past few years. AO is next? Tick, tock.


Jamie Says:

I think it will be a Nolandy final.


the DA Says:

Meanwhile, Raonic is having issues with the wind and is a set and a break down to Fognini. I know it’s an exhibition but….. That should encourage Fed fans.


dari Says:

ok, between delpo and berdy, yes, andy M is better with delpo, but i was comparing his qf delpo to fed’s qf tsonga, who has not had a win over big 4 recently ( like delpo has)

Anyway, will ease up for Wog Boy’s sake. i am not much a predictor anyway. hope it’s gonna be a fun AO


Brando Says:

‘I think it will be a Nolandy final.’

That would probably be the pick for many.


Jamie Says:

The mate drinkers think Murray will win the whole thing. Will it happen? We’ll see.


Wog boy Says:

Jamie,

One thing I like with you, you are persistant, you don’t give up:)


Wog boy Says:

dari,

Thanks:)

the DA,

I am watching the same match, Raonic is not playing well entire week, he is just not himself.


jane Says:

Both Murray and Nole have worse records against Ferrer than against Del Potro. Murray is 6-5 over Ferrer and 5-1 over Delpo. Interestingly, though, Delpo and Andy have not played since 2009.


Wog boy Says:

Fognini is definetely fun to watch !


the DA Says:

Yes, Fognini is a character. He beats Raonic 6-4 6-4. That after losing to Hewitt yesterday. He did not look happy out there.

There you are jane. I’m sure you’ve got a wide grin just now – although cautious I’m sure ;)


The Great Davy Says:

Get ready for first match of the FeDavy dynasty of the 2013 rivalry showtime!


jane Says:

the DA, always cautious, always.

I am having serious doubts about Milos’ potential; he’s been losing a lot, and early too.


skeezer Says:

@dari re; 7:10 post;

Yep, he sure did. BUT, lets hope he surprises everyone, and foes far in the draw.

Have to say in all fairness its about time Nole had a cakewalk draw. I thought Rafa was the only one all these years who gets that!


skeezer Says:

@Wogboy re; 8:57

U serious? Uh? You don’t have to look at anyones draw but Nole’s . This draw reminds me of the Rafa USO 2010.

He has a great draw. If he doesn’t win with this draw it would be like a “shank” in Golf.

Smile, don’t worry, be happy, its Nole time ;)


Daniel Says:

Jamie,

You are right, Fed is in a strike of 9 straight AO SF back to 04′. Could he make it a 10th time?! I know he holds the record of most matched won in AO with 63.

Federer GS match wins by Slam;
- AO (63) Record holder (nobody in sight to challenge him)
- RG (54) Trailing Villas (56), next close is Nadal (52)
- WM (66) Trailing Becker (71) and Connors (84)
- US (64) training Lendl (73), Agassi (79) and Connors (98)

So by the end of this year, he will be also RG most matches won record holder assuming he reaches 1 less win than Nadal, or record co-owner with Nadal if he reaches 2 stages less than Nadal

He can surpass Becker in Wimbledon or stay joint second place trailing only Connors. To be record owner he needs 18 more wins to share the record and 19 wins to own it, which means he needs to play 3 to 4 more Wimbleodn (until Wimbledon 2016), asusming he will win more than 4-5 matches per year to surpass Becker record.

By the time Fed retires, if he plays 3-4 more years and depending on Nadal’s success in RG (uf he keeps winning at will), Fed could be the record holder of most matches won in 3 of the 4 Slams (AO, already is; RG could became this year; Very likelly) missing only US Open, where he needs to win 34 to share, 35 matches to hold. An almost impossible feat at his age, that one will stay with Connors.

He also have the most matches win with 247 and I think he wants to go beyond 300 (53 more matches – 3 years)Grand Slam match wins, making him the greates Grand Slam PLayer of the open era. Well, he already is!:)

http://www.tennis28.com/slams/matchwins_slam.html


Michael Says:

I think Roger has strong reasons to say this. Noval is indeed the favourite. This Australian Open somehow is quite easy to predict especially with the absence of Nadal. With all things holding good, I see Novak lifting the title on the boxing day.


daniela Says:

Guess comments made before his swearing session during his match with Murray. LOL

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