Federer in good shape for Australian Open, feels return to top form months away

Melbourne, Jan 10: Former World No.1 Roger Federer has said he is in good shape for next week’s Australian Open in Melbourne, adding that a return to top form could be months away.

Federer failed to reach the final of any of the four majors in 2013 for the first time in 11 years.

His streak of reaching at least the quarter-finals of 36 consecutive Grand Slam events also ended last year and he fell out of the top five in the world rankings for the first time in more than a decade, Sport 24 reports.

Federer has been training harder in the off-season, hired Stefan Edberg as his new coach and experiment with a new larger racquet rather than contemplating retirement.

Federer said he was confident he could revive his career, even if it does not happen immediately. (ANI)