Federer confirms Brisbane plans
Roger Federer has confirmed that he will change his 2014 Australian Open preparations by playing in the Brisbane International in December.
The 31-year-old Swiss former world number one has slipped down to fifth in the latest rankings after suffering his worst Grand Slam defeat since 2004 in the second round at Wimbledon against Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Federer will have a chance to get back on track at next month's final major of the year, the US Open, before he can focus on next year's battle for honours.
I'm not just coming there for the Australian Open, especially when I commit so early in advance, it's also to win in Brisbane."Roger Federer
And he will fly to Australia earlier than normal to feature in his first Brisbane International from 29th December to 5th January ahead of the year's first major in Melbourne later that month.
Federer said: "For some time we've been in contact with Brisbane (International) and I saw how the tournament got stronger and stronger ... and the connection with Pat Rafter, him having the arena named after him I think is great.
"I've always hoped that I could come there ... so I am happy we are all able to make it work.
"I'm not just coming there (to Australia) for the Australian Open, especially when I commit so early in advance, it's also to win in Brisbane."
Meanwhile Federer is 11/1 to win the US Open at Flushing Meadows, Wimbledon and US Open champion Andy Murray is 11/4 to defend his crown, world number one Novak Djokovic is 15/8 and Rafael Nadal 2/1.
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