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Federer about last year and his chances for the AO

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Federer: I have to take care

Roger Federer talks before the Australian Open exclusively with Eurosport about his shape and the danger of his huge practice pensum. The 29-year-old also looks back on the highs and lows of the last season

He was interviewed by Adrienne Rohde

ES: Mr. Federer, for your standards, the last season wasn't really ideal.
RF: Well, actually I had a good year, but with some really hard losses, when I lost matches despite I had matchpoints. That had aftereffects and cost me some trophies. If I had accomplished to win these matches, then the whole year would have been much smoother. But I played good tennis though.

ES: After your title at the Australian Open you didn't play much. What were the consequences of that?
RF: After the Australian Open I had a real low because of a pneunomia and only played three or four matches in four months. That wasn't enough to reach my top level. In Roland Garros and Wimbledon I played better, but couldn't pass Robin Söderling and Tomas Berdych who played great tennis these days. It was very important that I could react before the hard court season and improve.

ES: What do you expect this year of the Australian Open?
RF: I won four of my last five tournaments. That's why I feel great and am simply excited about the season 2011. As always I am highly motivated and curious what's going to happen, because no season goes the same way like the one before.

ES: Your last big triumph was the victory at the World Tour Finals at the end of the season 2010. What effect has the self-esteem for a player like you who already won everything?
RF: Those achievements help me to relax and also bring back the confidence and the joy. If everything goes smoothly you feel well. If you don't play well everything is more difficult. You feel like caught in a cloud, everything is foggy and difficult. This has effects especially on the big and important matches. But with many matches and hard practice I fought my way back. I can be very pleased with my current level. I see that I can access the things I try in practice during matches.

ES. You played very much in the short break. Did you plan it that way?
RF: In fact the break was quite short. I had only a break of one week and after this exhausting season that wouldn't have been enough to recharge anyway. That's why I decided to simply continue, to practice much and play matches.

ES: Among other things you played two charity matches versus Rafael Nadal
RF: Yeah, we played two matches. One for the Roger Federer Foundation and one for the foundation of Rafael. That was something very special, but honestly it didn't really belong into the season preparation. That's why I played exhibition matches in Abu Dhabi and in Doha an ATP-tournament. At this competition in Qatar I played very well and won. That was very important considering Melbourne, because I can go into the Australian Open with a really good feeling.

ES: Is there the danger you demand already very early in the season too much of your body considering your pensum?
RF: In fact I had to take care to not practice and play too much. When I arrived in Australia, I deliberately didn't do too much. I will allow myself bigger holidays only after the Australian Open, and these have to be sufficient then until WiFederer: I have to take care

Roger Federer talks before the Australian Open exclusively with Eurosport about his shape and the danger of his huge practice pensum. The 29-year-old also looks back on the highs and lows of the last season

He was interviewed by Adrienne Rohde

ES: Mr. Federer, for your standards, the last season wasn't really ideal.
RF: Well, actually I had a good year, but with some really hard losses, when I lost matches despite I had matchpoints. That had aftereffects and cost me some trophies. If I had accomplished to win these matches, then the whole year would have been much smoother. But I played good tennis though.

ES: After your title at the Australian Open you didn't play much. What were the consequences of that?
RF: After the Australian Open I had a real low because of a pneunomia and only played three or four matches in four months. That wasn't enough to reach my top level. In Roland Garros and Wimbledon I played better, but couldn't pass Robin Söderling and Tomas Berdych who played great tennis these days. It was very important that I could react before the hard court season and improve.

ES: What do you expect this year of the Australian Open?
RF: I won four of my last five tournaments. That's why I feel great and am simply excited about the season 2011. As always I am highly motivated and curious what's going to happen, because no season goes the same way like the one before.

ES: Your last big triumph was the victory at the World Tour Finals at the end of the season 2010. What effect has the self-esteem for a player like you who already won everything?
RF: Those achievements help me to relax and also bring back the confidence and the joy. If everything goes smoothly you feel well. If you don't play well everything is more difficult. You feel like caught in a cloud, everything is foggy and difficult. This has effects especially on the big and important matches. But with many matches and hard practice I fought my way back. I can be very pleased with my current level. I see that I can access the things I try in practice during matches.

ES. You played very much in the short break. Did you plan it that way?
RF: In fact the break was quite short. I had only a break of one week and after this exhausting season that wouldn't have been enough to recharge anyway. That's why I decided to simply continue, to practice much and play matches.

ES: Among other things you played two charity matches versus Rafael Nadal
RF: Yeah, we played two matches. One for the Roger Federer Foundation and one for the foundation of Rafael. That was something very special, but honestly it didn't really belong into the season preparation. That's why I played exhibition matches in Abu Dhabi and in Doha an ATP-tournament. At this competition in Qatar I played very well and won. That was very important considering Melbourne, because I can go into the Australian Open with a really good feeling.

ES: Is there the danger you demand already very early in the season too much of your body considering your pensum?
RF: In fact I had to take care to not practice and play too much. When I arrived in Australia, I deliberately didn't do too much. I will allow myself bigger holidays only after the Australian Open, and these have to be sufficient then until Wimbledon.

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