BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – Roger Federer has arrived in Australia for the Brisbane International with a refreshed outlook for 2014, injury-free and with a new coach on his team.
“It’s the first time in a year that I could practice three, four weeks in a row without any setbacks. . . . I was able to do more than I thought which is very encouraging,” Federer said Saturday. “I didn’t play any exhibitions which allowed me to train extremely hard and for a longer period of time.”
Federer, who will use the Brisbane event as his only warmup tournament ahead of the Australian Open, which begins Jan. 13 in Melbourne, announced that he’d hired former Swedish star Stefan Edberg on his coaching team.