Roger Federer

Challengers will have to put up `heck of a performance to beat me’, says Federer

Melbourne, Jan. 18 : Thirteen-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer has said that those who harbour the dream of unseating him, would have to put up `heck of a performance to beat me’.

He is not uncomfortable admitting he expects to win. Having won the Grand Slams he has, that is not arrogance - it is realism.

Last year, he was below physical fitness here, but he won the last slam of the year in New York when he had finally recovered his fitness and form.

"It''s going to take a heck of a performance from one of the players to win this tournament so it''s going to be interesting," he said after winning the AAMI Classic exhibition tournament.

February Open date off the menu for realist Federer

Melbourne  - Realistic Roger Federer is well aware that a jam-packed annual tennis calendar will almost certainly not allow the Australian Open to move from its traditional January date.

Despite voicing the opinion this week that the Open would be more pleasing to players were it slid a few weeks into February - more time for preparation - the Swiss knows that a such a move is just a dream.

"A lot has been said - the Australian Open has to be moved two weeks later - but that's not what was meant in any way," he explained on Sunday.

"We were asked if we should change the Australian Open schedule, we always talk about calendar changes. It was taken out of context," he said.

Federer completes perfect Open preparation with tune-up title

Federer completes perfect Open preparation with tune-up titleMelbourne - Roger Federer dominated good friend Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-3, taking just 57 minutes on Saturday to secure his second title in five years at the AAMI Classic.

"I've played plenty of matches going into the Open, the health is not an issue," said the winner. "I'm fresh and fit and ready to go. Things are the way I was hoping them to be."

Federer counsels Australian officials not to worry

Federer counsels Australian officials not to worryMelbourne  - Roger Federer has told officials at the AAMI Classic not to panic over reports that Middle Eastern money will swamp the traditional Australian Open tune-up events.

"I told him not to be concerned," said the Swiss number two, who has again perfected his game at the eight-man special event at Kooyong club, the former home of the Open until two decades ago.

Federer says achieving calendar Grand Slam possible as surfaces are less distinct

Roger FedererSydney, Jan. 16 : Swiss tennis star Roger Federer believes achieving tennis''s holy grail, the calendar grand slam is possible as playing surfaces in the modern era have become less distinct.

The calendar grand slam includes winning the four majors, the Australian Open, Wimbledon, the French Open and the US Open in one year, a feat achieved by Australian great Rod Laver 40 years ago. Few will recall that Laver also won the all grand slams in one year in the non-open era.

Federer flies into Kooyong final with win over Verdasco

Federer flies into Kooyong final with win over VerdascoMelbourne - Roger Federer got in a good workout as he won the semifinal of the AAMI Classic on Thursday, holding off Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) at the Australian Open tune-up event.

2006 Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis, beaten by the Swiss three years ago in the Melbourne Park title match, finally had something to smile about after winning a relegation round match at the eight-man event.

The Cypriot defeated Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.