Roger Federer looks all at sea ahead of Australian Open

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Roger Federer may have opted for a lighter playing schedule to start his 2015 season, but that doesn't mean that the veteran player has been without things to do as the Australian Open approaches - is he going to be in shape though?

After a week of feeding wild dolphins and doing interviews on the beach, Federer was bought back down to the daily grind on his return to action. 

It cannot be a great time for him, the Swiss star has suffered a bit of a no-win situation recently, when you think about it. The 33-year-old was playing at the top of his game at the end of 2014 and he nearly returned to world number one.


However, while the end of the season offered the opportunity for rest, some key momentum has been lost by the looks of his lacklustre season-opener.

Federer's return to the ATP circuit could well have ended in embarrassing fashion. John Millman is unknown to most tennis fans - he lies outside the world's top 150 - but he gave the sport's most successful ever star an almighty fright in their second round Brisbane Open encounter.

Millman found himself a set to the good and was not a million miles from securing his most famous win, that was until Federer finally woke up and managed to outlast his lowly opponent.


It leaves the 17-time Grand Slam champion with something of a conundrum as he looks to keep up the good work from last. 

This week, Federer has told reporters in the build up to the first major of the year that he wants to win the Australian Open and other major Slams, yet also have a lighter - schedule - do the two things go hand-in-hand?

The current world no.2 has proved throughout his career that he thrives on momentum. The one time when he lost a bit of it - in 2013 - he suffered and was written off by many, many people. 


He isn't the only top player facing a difficult dilemma either. Just look at the woes of Rafael Nadal at the moment. The Spaniard cannot seem to shake off the negative effects of his various injuries not matter how much he plays.

It must just be the trauma that comes with age in elite athletes. We see it in football too. Steven Gerrard is a prime situation. Do you rest him to conserve energy for the future or do you get the best out of him while you still have it?

There seems to be no sure-fire answer to it. However, with it being an individual sport, you would expect Roger Federer to know the limitations and performance of his own body. Will he be able to do enough to win no.18 this year? - I'll leave you to answer that, but it is going to be an interesting 2015.

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