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Roger Federer plays down 2018 expectations as he begins Australian Open preparation

Federer plays down 2018 expectations as he begins Australian Open preparation
Federer is managing expectations (Picture: NurPhoto/Getty)

Roger Federer has played down his chances of repeating the success of his remarkable 2017 season in 2018 and insists it’s not ‘normal and realistic’ to aim for the same things next season.

The Swiss roared back from a six-month absence at the start of this year to win the Australian Open before adding an eighth Wimbledon crown to his collection.

Federer will kick off his season in Perth as he represents Switzerland in the Hopman Cup with many tipping him to be the man to beat at the Australian Open later in January.

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But the 36-year-old was keen to manage expectations and is aware that success is not guaranteed.

‘It’s totally different this time around,’ the 19-time Grand Slam champion said.

‘I had a great off season. I mean, I did have a good off season too last year but I just wasn’t sure what to expect.

Federer plays down 2018 expectations as he begins Australian Open preparation
Federer won Wimbledon in 2017 (Picture: Getty)

‘Now expectations are higher but at the same time I try to remind myself just don’t think it’s normal and realistic to aim for the same things I did this year in 2017.

‘I’ve got to try and keep it cool. Try my best and see what happens but the preparation’s been good so far. We’ll see how things go.’

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