Federer: 2017 a massive year
Roger Federer has said that the forthcoming 2018 season will have to be exceptional if it is to compare to the year just gone.
The world number two, aged 35, won two more Grand Slams in 2017; the Australian Open and Wimbledon in a year which saw his re-emergence to the very top of the game alongside another veteran, Rafael Nadal who won the other two majors.
It's been a massive year – perhaps my favourite! If 2018 is half as successful, then I'll be happy.Roger Federer
It was also a year that saw Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic suffer injury problems which led to them both missing the latter half of the season.
They are expected to return ahead of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of 2018 and Federer, defending champion, will warm up for the event by playing in the Hopman Cup, the mixed tournament where he will partner Belinda Bencic.
As he looks ahead to a new year and another long tennis season, Federer is well aware that it may not quite compare with 2017.
In an interview for a Swiss website, he said: "I won't probably live the same emotions as 2017 but I have been able to surprise myself for all these years, so I hope to have good moments again.
"It's been a massive year – perhaps my favourite! If 2018 is half as successful, then I'll be happy."
Federer is 7/4 to win the Australian Open while Nadal, this year's losing finalist is 9/2 with Murray 1212/1 for a first win in Melbourne.
Aside from whether Federer and Nadal can continue their dominance, the other big question is whether Murray, Djokovic and other leading names have recovered sufficiently from their injuries.
"I am curious to see Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka, Nishikori and Raonic coming back. It will make an impact. I think one of them will be strong, so you can lose one more match and winning one or two less tournaments," Federer added.
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