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Roger Federer is rested and ready for the 2013 Australian Open, where he aims to win his 5th title there, and 18th grand slam. The Swiss maestro was in Singapore for work with Credit Suisse, and later addressed the media ahead of the year’s first grand slam. He particularly spoke about his preparation this year, which includes no warm-up event as in the past. The only exception was in 2008, when he learned he was playing thru a case of mononucleosis.

“It’s a bit of a different preparation for the Australian Open this year but I’m confident I am mentally refreshed, which I am, and physically I am fine and that I will play a good Australian Open,” Federer told reporters in Singapore on Friday.

“I have been practising really hard the last few weeks and didn’t play a leading up tournament this year just because I thought practice is very important for me coming up in the next year, year-and-a-half.”

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Federer said the change in his schedule and planning for 2013 was not just for this year, but for the years ahead. The Swiss maestro aims to protect his health and longevity.

“For me, in the long run, I want to stay healthy and enjoy what I am doing, I want to have fun, I want to be excited and motivated coming back to the Tour,” he explained.

“For that I really need to get away from it all, which I have done for the last two or three weeks now after an incredible busy South American trip and an incredible busy year so it is important for me to have the family time.”

Source: SI.com Tennis

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