17 time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will arrive in Melbourne without playing a warm up tournament for the first time in his career. In 1995 Andre Agassi managed to win the Australian Open despite arriving cold to the tournament.
Unsurprisingly Federer has confirmed that the reason for this decision is that he’s further reducing his schedule with the aim of giving his career more longevity.
“If I’m second favourite, fourth favourite or eighth or whatever it might be it doesn’t change much for me. I know if I’m playing well I can win tournaments.
I love the pressure of playing the new generation who are coming up and improving quickly and I have to work harder than to stay at the top, or with the best.
Longevity is the word here that I am looking for and that is what I am striving for this year in 2013 to hopefully keep on playing for many years.”