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Roger Federer targets crazy good 2019 season ahead of Australian Open defence

20-time Grand Slam excited by the prospect of facing Serena Williams at mixed teams Hopman Cup event.

“I think with my age people know that if I did something extraordinary that would be amazing,” Federer said.

“If that didn’t happen, maybe it’s logical you can’t produce that tennis every year. You also maybe need a bit of luck, and the draw to fall your way. A lot of things need to happen to win any slam. I hope that again it will be the start of a great season for me because the last two seasons have been crazy good for me.”

“I’ve been very happy with how the off-season went,” he added.

“The last three or four weeks have been very intense. I’m very excited and motivated for this next season.”

On New Year’s Day, Federer will then face the United States pairing of Frances Tiafoe and Serena Williams.

“We’ll probably play it down a little bit and say it’s not that big of a deal for us, it’s just another tennis match, but it really isn’t because it’s probably going to happen once and never again,” he said.

“That’s why I hope we’re both going to be injury free when that day comes around.”

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