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Tennis: Federer to return to Brisbane International

AFP, Monday 1 Sep 2014
David Ferrer
David Ferrer, from Spain, left, and Roger Federer, from Switzerland, congratulate each other as they pose with their trophies after Federer defeated Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, to win the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Mason, Ohio (Photo: AP)
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Grand Slam record-holder Roger Federer will return to play next year's Brisbane International as he warms up for a tilt at his fifth Australian Open title, organisers said Monday.

Tournament officials said the 17-time Grand Slam winner, who lost this year's final to Lleyton Hewitt, would be the major drawcard at the Brisbane WTA/ATP event from January 4-11.

"The conditions are very similar to Melbourne so I think it's an ideal preparation (for the Australian Open)," Federer, 33, said in a Tennis Australia statement.

"It's an important tournament on my calendar, a tournament I'm very happy to go back to and I was very excited to go there for the first time this year.

"When I sign up for a tournament it's because I'm going to try to win it and I want to enjoy the week there."

Federer won the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on January 19, in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010.

After the warm-up tournament in Brisbane, he reached his 11th successive Australian Open semi-final this year before falling to Rafael Nadal.

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