With new coach Ivan Ljubicic in tow, Roger Federer arrived in Brisbane Friday, set for his title defense and the 2016 season. And he hopes to lift that Grand Slam count to 18.
“I’ve come so close, I’ve played very well, but I don’t feel any frustration because of it,” Federer said of winning another Slam. “I’m still happy with how I’m playing. It was Novak’s year, he played so well there’s only so much (you can do) if somebody’s so dominant and he’s got sky-high confidence.
“It’s unfortunate, a pity for me, but at the same time I don’t feel sorry for myself. I’ve won so much throughout my career, I feel like if I keep pushing forward it might happen. If not, it’s OK.
“I’ve been playing really well for over one and a half years. Ever since I came back from my back problems in 2013. That’s been very encouraging and now I’m just more confident than I was maybe a year ago as well.”
Federer is a field which includes Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori. After a bye, Federer will play the Mitchell/Qualifier winner in his 2016 opener.
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