TENNIS- Defending champion and world number two Roger Federer is the clear favourite to win Australian open that starts from January 15.
"It's just amazing. He just keeps doing it," Patrick McEnroe, an analyst with ESPN, told reporters during a conference call on Wednesday. "He looks younger than ever. He's moving as beautifully as ever. He's hitting the ball brilliantly. Wins four or five matches at the Hopman Cup against high-level competition. To me, he's the clear favourite."
"I think mentally and emotionally, having kids, having a family, he gets away from the game, he knows how to compartmentalize really well. He lets the losses roll off his back," another ESPN analyst Chris Evert said.
"There's never been anybody like him with that attitude, as far as I know, in any sport."
Federer is also ready to defend his title and will face world number 51 Aljaz Bedene in the opening round.